Citizens’ Greener Evanston has named Joey Feinstein as its first Executive Director.
Feinstein grew up in Evanston and attended Evanston Township High School.
“After high school, I did an 83-day Outward Bound Course, and then headed off to the University of Oregon,” Feinstein said in an email.
“I subsequently transferred to UIC, where I graduated with a degree in Sociology. I then earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Management School [in San Francisco].” He later founded Climate Cycle, a nonprofit with the mission of inspiring students to green their world.
He has funded and managed 12 solar installations and more than 50 additional environmental projects in Chicago Public Schools, and he has given presentations about sustainability to over 100,000 CPS students.
Feinstein also has delivered more than 100 presentations to diverse non-school audiences from organizations including the European Union, Motorola and the Evanston Rotary Club.
Feinstein, who partially credits a cross-country bike ride years ago for awakening him to the climate crisis, also will be one of the riders fundraising for Citizens’ Greener Evanston in the North Shore Century bike ride on Sunday, Sept. 19.
$5,000 grant from Northwestern
The Greener Evanston group also announced that its Environmental Justice Evanston program was recently honored with a $5,000 grant from Northwestern University’s Racial Equity and Community Partnership Program incubator.
The grant supports Environmental Justice Evanston’s partnership with the City to develop mapping with a geographic information system. The GIS map project is intended to identify areas of environmental inequity, part of an effort to eradicate environmental injustices in Evanston.
Across the country, GIS projects have already helped map redlining areas, sites of historical lynchings, locations of school segregation and incidents of police violence. The program includes five training modules that will be held this fall. Readers with questions about the system can contact Environmental Justice Evanston at firstname.lastname@example.org.