Evanston Community Foundation announced two grants totaling $4,550 from the Climate Action Fund to Rimland Services and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

The grant to Rimland Services purchases motion sensor lighting for its 11 Evanston community-based living options, reducing electric consumption and increasing sustainability. Rimland provides team-based, collaborative care for individuals with autism in community-living homes.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s grant converts lighting in its meeting rooms, kitchen and other community spaces to LED, reducing its electrical costs and its carbon footprint to benefit the local environment. The community spaces at St. Mark’s are home to Interfaith Action’s Hospitality Center for the Homeless, Wildkit Cheerleading, a Tai Chi class, and numerous other community classes and groups.

Grants from the Climate Action Fund support Evanston’s ongoing campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Fund was established as one of the strategies to implement the city’s original Climate Action Plan in 2008 and invests in greenhouse gas emissions-reduction projects in Evanston, with a special emphasis on projects benefiting nonprofit organizations and lower-income households. In administering the Fund, Evanston Community Foundation collaborates with the City of Evanston’s Office of Sustainability, Citizens’ Greener Evanston, and other organizations focused on Evanston’s environment.