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On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part. The City of Evanston and various community organizations will be holding events all month in celebration of Earth Day 2012.

Wednesday, April 18 – Big 7 Savers Contest Awards Presentation
The City of Evanston will hold a press conference to announce the winners of the Big 7 Savers Contest and present the contest awards. For the last 12 months, the Big Seven Evanston employers have been competing to see which team can get the most members and which team can save the most energy with the Citizen Utility Board’s on-line energy efficiency tool. Come to the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston, IL at 1:30 pm to hear the winners announced live and see Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl congratulate the winners.

Thursday, April 19 – How to use a Rain Barrel Workshop
Learn how to use a rain barrel in your home at this exciting event at the Evanston Ecology Center on Thursday April 19th from 6:30 to 8 pm. The one time session will include tips on rain barrel style choices, placement and maintenance. This highly informative session will also cover the basics on grey water usage which can be an excellent way to help your family conserve water. The session is open for anyone 18 years and over for a small fee of $12 and is hosted by the Evanston Environmental Association! More information is available on-line at the Evanston Environmental Association.

Saturday, April 21 – Ecology Center Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration
Come and Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with the City of Evanston on April 21st at the Evanston Ecology center. Kick-off the day by joining the Ladd Arboretum Committee to beautify the Lad Arboretum from 9-noon.

Then, from 1 – 4 p.m. join the Ecology Staff and ETHS Senior Study student Jack Hanson for some games, crafts and information stations. Jack’s senior project was to find ways to reduce his own carbon footprint as well as helping the citizens of the community to reduce their own carbon footprint. At the fair he will share some simple techniques that residents can take home to reduce their own carbon emissions. Children can participate in fun solar, recycled and natural themed games and crafts as well as try to “stump the arborist” and win a prize! We will also have Handsome Salamander – an ETHS student led jazz band for entertainment. 

Bring the whole family to honor our home, sweet home! Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 847/448-8256.

Sunday, April 22 – Celebrate Earth Day
Visit our Earth Day page for more tips on how you can help support a healthy planet today and every day (link to Earth Day Tips – separate attachment).

Monday, April 23 – Art Contest Winner Recognized at City Council Meeting for National Drinking Water Week
Water is a vital part of a healthy planet and 3rd grade students in Evanston have participated in an inaugural art contest to showcase their ideas of how water is important to them. On-line voting has been underway for the last month and the overall winner will be announced at the Evanston City Council meeting on April 23rd. On-line voting will be open until Sunday, April 15th at midnight. The top voted coloring projects will be displayed at the Main Evanston Public Library from April 24th – May 11th on the 2nd floor landing. Visit the City’s website for more information on a host of other activities planned for National Drinking Water Week May 6-12 which include a book discussion, film, youth activities and more!

Thursday, April 26 – Let’s Talk About Water – Public Meeting on Evanston Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan
What are the current water supply conditions for Evanston? What are the possibilities for the future demand of the Evanston water supply? Take this opportunity to weigh in and assist Evanston as they create a Water Conservation & Efficiency Plan for the City. The City will hold two opportunities for public input on Thursday, April 26th at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, Room 2200. Discussion will focus on water conservation and efficiency for businesses from 3-5pm and for residents for 7-9pm. In addition to coming to the meeting please take the online survey at the City’s website and let us know what you want out of the new water efficiency plan today! This project is being completed in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning as part of their Local Technical Assistance Grants.

Saturday, April 28 – Sustain Evanston Meet and Greet
Representatives from Evanston’s sustainability groups will be coming together for an informal networking event on April 28th to help foster on-going efforts and collaboration on the environment, sustainability, climate change, and energy conservation. More details can be found on the City’s website.

Other Activities around the Evanston Community

Green Film Festival
On Friday April 13 from 7:30 to 9 the Evanston Ecology Center and the Evanston Environmental Association are hosting a Green Films festival at the Ecology Center. This film festival will be featuring a selection of short films from the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the United States. Admission to this wonderful event is free for EEA members and only $5 for the rest of the community. In order to ensure your seat please reserve them online or contact the Evanston ecology center. 

Keep Evanston Beautiful Art Contest
The final deadline for submitting your art for the Keep Evanston Beautiful Art contest is April 23rd, all works of art are to be submitted to the Evanston Ecology Center on McCormick Blvd. The winner s and the winning school will be announced on May 7th and on May 17th there will be an awards ceremony and reception held at the Evanston Ecology Center from 7-9pm. This contest is open to all children k-8 and more information can be found online.

Citizens’ Greener Evanston Earth Month Event
Citizens’ Greener Evanston invites the Evanston community to an evening celebrating Evanston commitment to sustainability and meeting the Climate Action Plan’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 13% by the end of 2012. The event will also kick-off the 2012 CGE goals including a 25% GHG emissions reduction by 2014, expanding I-Go and charging stations as well as expanding the Shop Local Campaign. This will be a great and informative event celebrating Evanston’s successes and looking forward to Evanston’s greener future. Visit CGE’s website for more information.

Clean Up Around ETHS
On Saturday April 21st come out for earth day and help clean up the streets and park ways around Evanston township High School. This event is co-sponsored by Evanston Township High School and the Kiwanis Club. This event will be held from 9am-noon and is a great way to give back to the community in the place where our children go to school and you don’t have to be a member of the club to volunteer simply show up on the 21st on the Dodge street side of the high school and look for the canopy! More information available at Kiwanis website