Earth Week for Everyone 2021

Citizens’ Greener Evanston, in conjunction with Evanston Public Library, Rotary International and others, presents a series of online sessions on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23 plus a Saturday morning, April 24 legislative session.

These include “Lunch and Learn” sessions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., afternoon/evening sessions starting at 4 p.m.

Registration form is at the bottom of this page

These sessions will be recorded and the links sent to those who register below.

Thursday, April 22

Lunch & Learn, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

11:00 a.m. — Opening Kick-off/Welcome

11:10 a.m. — “Let’s Get Going”

Moderator: Rachel Rosner

Northwestern University’s Sustainability Plan
Colleen O’Brien and Grace Wickerson

Traveling Sustainably: 5 Ways to Get There
Vickie Jacobsen, CMAP Transportation Planner

Noon — “Resources Matter: Ways to Prevent Waste and Recycle Right”

Moderator: Evanston Public Library

Mary Allen of SWANCC

1:00 p.m. — “Deconstruction: The Sustainable Choice”

Moderator: Evanston Public Library

Anne Nicklin of Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse

Afternoon/Evening Sessions

4:00 p.m.—“Greening Evanston’s Schools”

Moderator: Rachel Rosner

Panel Discussion with:

6th Grade Science Teacher, Carla Stone

ETHS grad and former Sustainability Intern, Aldric Martinez-Olsen

D65 & Quest 4 Earth Students

Becky Brodsky of D65 Green Team, ETHS Sustainability committee, and Seven Generations Ahead

5:00 p.m.—“Green Business Brainstorm for Entrepreneurs of Color”
Co-hosted with Evanston’s NAACP

Moderator: Mila Marshall of the Sierra Club

A Professional Panel for Entrepreneurs of Color
Gabrielle Walker, 4 Suns Fresh Juice,
Chef Q Ibraheem,
and Lupe Orozco of Diego and Gaby’s Landscaping

6:00 p.m.—“Environmental Justice in Evanston

Moderator: Rick Nelson, CGE Environmental Justice Evanston

Panel discussion with

Kumar Jensen, Mike Boll, Clare Tallon-Ruen

7:00 p.m.—Land Acknowledgments: Connecting the Past, Present, and Future

Teddy Peterson, Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

7:15 p.m.—Evanston’s Sustainability Future: a conversation with Mayor Elect Daniel Biss and ETHS Senior, Louise Bond

Moderator: Rachel Rosner

Conversation with

Daniel Biss, Evanston Mayor-elect, and
ETHS Student, Louise Bond

Friday, April 23

Lunch & Learn, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

“Keeping Habitat Resilient”

Moderator: Jean Saunders

Take action for Climate, Community Health and Biodiversity: Do Less Garden Cleanup
Leslie Shad, CGE Natural Habitat Evanston

Climate and Soil Health
Tim Sonder, CGE Edible Evanston

Why Trees Matter
Allison Sloan, CGE Natural Habitat Evanston

Noon—“Talking Trash in Evanston”

Moderator: Rachel Rosner

Less Plastic is Fantastic
Andrea Densham of Shedd Aquarium

Carry It Out & Give It Back
Maia Tekle of Dispatch Goods

Sustain Evanston and City Initiatives
Liam Engel, City of Evanston

1:00 p.m.—“Making Buildings Better”

Moderator: Joel Freeman

Better Buildings and Sustainable Remodeling:

A conversation with
Sylvia Wooller, Dick Co, and Nate Kipnis

Afternoon Sessions

4:00 p.m.—Beyond Waste

Moderator: Brian Becharas

Finding a Composting Solution
Mary Beth Schaye and Erlene Howard, Collective Resource Compost

Circular Economy
Michelle Redfield

Why Ecological is Economical: Reuse, Repurpose, Repair
Rachel Rosner

5:00 p.m.—“Renewable Energy in Evanston”

Moderator: Brian Becharas

Renewable Energy Options
Len Sciarra, Consulting Architect

Rooftop Solar Personal Story
Joel Freeman, Consulting Engineer

Joining Community Solar
Ajiah Gilbert, City of Evanston

6:00 p.m.—“Water and Earth”

Moderator: Ajiah Gilbert

Water for All or Just for Us?
Debra Shore, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Community Gardens and Black Liberation
Maia Robinson, Nia Williams, and Emma Barreto of Evanston Fight for Black Lives

7:00 p.m.—CGE 10-Year Celebration

Master of Ceremonies: Kumar Jensen

featuring Emcee Kumar Jensen, with toasts from City Council Members Robin Rue Simmons and Eleanor Revelle, Alderman-Elect Jonathan Nieuwsma, Aina Gutierrez of Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse, and CGE leadership past and present

Saturday, April 24

Legislative Event

10:00 a.m.—Environmental Action in Washington and Springfield

Moderated by Kady McFadden













U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowksy
State Representative Robyn Gabel
State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz
State Senator Laura Fine​
Jack Darin of the Sierra Club


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