The City of Evanston annually celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day with activities that support our community’s commitment to environmental protection and stewardship. This year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling on citizens to get involved in Earth Day in three distinct ways: Commit to protect the environment, Take Action to do your part and Educate yourself and others. Join Evanston in one of the projects below and help preserve, protect and enhance our planet and natural resources.

Commit to Saving Energy and Help the YWCA Evanston/Northshore
Make a commitment to reducing energy usage and sign up for one of two energy efficiency programs with Nicor Gas. Participate by April 30 and help raise $25,000 for the YWCA Evanston/Northshore as part of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program Challenge

  • EnergyBUZZ is a free, online tool that helps you track your energy usage to save money and earn rewards for the energy-efficient choices you make. Commit to using less energy today and let EnergyBUZZ show you how.  
  • The Home Energy Savings program is a joint program of Nicor Gas and ComEd that makes it easy for homeowners to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of their home. The program includes a complete Home Energy Savings assessment which identifies promising energy-efficiency upgrades, provides instant rebates if you complete the recommended work and connects homeowners to prequalified contractors to help get the work done. Assessments are being provided at a deeply discounted rate. 
    Sign up online here>>> or by calling 877-821-9988.

Take Action and Beautify the Ladd Arboretum with an Arboretum Clean-up
Roll up your sleeves and help the Ladd Arboretum Committee beautify the Ladd Arboretum with an Arboretum clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27. The Ladd Arboretum is a beautiful 17-acre parcel of land along the North Shore Channel that provides wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities. Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by helping this highly utilized educational and recreational resource, which is enjoyed by pedestrians, cyclists, summer campers and canoeists.

Learn and Have Fun at the Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration at the Ecology Center
Come to the Ecology Center for some festive activities, games and crafts from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Informational stations will guide you to a smaller environmental footprint and Earth Day-themed crafts will bring out your creative side. Bring the whole family to honor our home, sweet home! This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.