CEDA awarded the Citizens for Greener Evanston with the New Initiative Award for the organization’s efforts to help the City of Evanston reduce its carbon emissions footprint. Celia Michener, Michael Drennan, and Suzanne Carlson of CGE accepted the notable award during the 2010 CEDA Community Awards Luncheon on April 22, 2010, at CEDA in downtown Chicago.

“We applaud Citizens for Greener Evanston for their commitment to help ensure Evanston moves toward becoming a greener, more energy-efficient place to live,” said CEDA President and CEO Robert L. Wharton. “They are a model for how change can be made at the grassroots level.”

Citizens for a Greener Evanston distributed more than 2,300 door hangers to advertise Evanston’s Affordable Living Fair in January, sponsored by the City of Evanston and CEDA. The goal was to sign up qualified residents for CEDA’s LIHEAP (heating and cooling aid) and IHWAP (weatherization) programs.

Currently, volunteers from the Citizens for a Greener Evanston are preparing to distribute 6,000 CEDA Home Weatherization door hangers throughout the Evanston community as part of their efforts to support the Evanston Climate Action Plan calling for a 13 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2012.