The City of Evanston annually celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day with activities that support the 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”

The City invites residents to participate in one or more of the following projects:

Saving Energy and Helping the YWCA Evanston/Northshore

Residents can make a commitment to reducing energy usage and sign up for one of two energy efficiency programs with Nicor Gas. Participating by April 30 will help raise $25,000 for the YWCA Evanston/Northshore as part of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program Challenge. It is Evanston vs. Oak Park in this community challenge and as of April 18, the score was Evanston, $14,400 and Oak Park, $21,500.

EnergyBUZZ is a free, online tool that helps residents track their energy usage to save money and earn rewards for energy-efficient choices.

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 for homeowners completing recommended work and connects homeowners to prequalified contractors to help get the work done. Assessments are being provided at a deeply discounted rate. Information is available by calling  877-821-9988.

Beautifying the Ladd Arboretum With an Arboretum Clean-up

The Ladd Arboretum Committee is sponsoring a cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on April 27 at the Arboretum, McCormick Boulevard at Bridge Street. The Arboretum is a beautiful 17-acre parcel of land along the North Shore Channel that provides wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.

Learning and Having Fun at the Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration

There will be festive activities, games and crafts from 2 to 5 p.m. on April 27 at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Informational stations will offer information about reducing one’s environmental footprint, and Earth Day-themed crafts will bring the your creative side. This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.