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From low-flow showerheads to reusing wastewater to dual-flush toilets – new products and practices designed to preserve and protect the water supply are becoming more and more prevalent in daily living. Yet many have done little to take the next step and adopt water conservation behaviors that would help preserve and protect the clean supply of water serving our community.

The 2012 Evanston Green Living Festival aims to help residents take that step. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Water: Preserving and Protecting It.” The Evanston Green Living Festival is an annual event presented by the Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston and is designed to provide a venue where organizations can present green products, services and ideas to help attendees lower their carbon footprint.

The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Those who cannot bike or walk to the Ecology Center may take advantage of the free shuttle service to and from the Davis Street Metra stop.

The festival has offerings for the whole family, including green activities and crafts just for children. Visitors can also drop off their used CFL bulbs to be recycled. Free rickshaw rides and electric cars will demonstrate alternative forms of transportation.

Co-chair Rick Nelson says the Festival’s focus on water efficiency and use is “consistent with Evanston’s climate action plan. As citizens and homeowners, we have to explore the options available to us when it comes to how we use our water supply. For many of us, learning how to make our homes, schools and workplaces more ‘water efficient’ is a good start. This year’s festival is designed to help all of us get to a future where our clean water supplies are no longer threatened or wasted.”

“The City of Evanston is in the early stages of a joint initiative with the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency to develop a program that examines our water use and supply,” said Catherine Hurley, the City of Evanston’s Sustainable Programs Coordinator and co-chair of the festival.

The keynote presentation, “Water – Check the Depth Before You Dive In,” will be given by longtime Evanston resident Dick Lanyon. He is a former executive director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and author of “Building the Canal to Save Chicago,” a history of the Reclamation District’s first project. He is an award-winning engineer who currently serves as the chairman of the Evanston Utilities Commission.

This year’s festival continues the Green Silent Auction and  the Green Market, with exhibits by nearly 100 businesses and organizations.

“This year’s festival is fortunate to have the support of many local businesses and organizations that continue to help the city become a more sustainable place to live,” said Claire Alden, program manager at the Evanston Ecology Center and
co-chair of the festival.

The Evanston RoundTable is the media sponsor of the festival.

More information is available at www.evanstongreenfest.org or by calling the Ecology Center at 847-448-8256.