Climate Resilient Communities Series

Inspired by the  ALA Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to climate change Grant that was awarded to the EPL in the last quarter of 2020, this series of presentations, film discussions, community conversations and hands-on learning kits (in English and Spanish) will focus on climate change, its causes and effects. It will also zoom in on its intersection with race, gender and other identities, while making an effort to bring participants closer to the realities of climate change in other places, near and far, as well as to make these issues more accessible to our local communities in Evanston in culturally relevant ways

By providing participants with a better understanding of the science behind climate change, the social, ecological and political consequences of its impacts, and with the help of effective and simple tools to work towards solutions, we want to inspire participants into climate Action, in whatever sphere of life they are most interested in.

We hope this Series moves you from climate indifference or climate despair into a healthy, sustainable and long-lived commitment to Climate Action.

See our series recognized by FEMA on their  “The Resilient Nation Roundup” February 2021 issue

EVENT FINISHED “Decoding the Weather Machine” Film Discussion
Tuesday, January 19th, 6:30 pm
Community Discussion

In our inaugural event, Lauren Marquez-Viso Vice-President of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, co-Chair of the City’s former CARP Working Group, environmentalist, photographer and explorer will lead a lively discussion around the film Decoding the Weather Machine:

“I think [the film] provides an exciting and very clear look at the incredible and diverse scientific methodologies behind climate science and the dedicated and talented scientists behind them. The film delves into the diverse array of scientific techniques that help us understand weather patterns and decipher earth’s climate, past and present. It cuts through the confusion and presents the science and analysis of scientific research in clear and engaging ways.”

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EVENT FINISHED Saving Money While Greening your Bills
Wednesday, January 27th, 6:30 pm

Lead by Liam Engel and Ajiah Gilbert, Greenest Region Corps Members, with Darrell King, Water Production Bureau Chief and Jessica Hyink, Transportation & Mobility Coordinator. The presentation will offer participants tips on how to save money through optimizing their use of water and electricity as well as various public transportation options.

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EVENTO FINALIZADO Cambio Climático: Qué es y cómo me afecta
Miércoles, 28 enero, 7:00 pm
Plática comunitaria

Aprenda sobre el cambio climático para poder formar su propia opinión y decidir de qué manera es importante para usted y su entorno. Tendremos amplio espacio para preguntas así que no dude en traer las suyas y en compartir esta información.

Co-sponsorizado por el Comité Asesor Latino de ETHS

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EVENT FINISHED Environmental Racism & Community Gardens
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 pm
Community Discussion

Join Ajiah Gilbert, Dominique Edwards, Nia Williams & Maia Robinson in this discussion centered around the value of community gardens in Black neighborhoods in order to begin combating environmental racism.

Co-sponsored by the City of Evanston Office of Sustainability.

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Edible Evanston’s 2021 “Early” Seed Swap Pick Up Location @Robert Crown Branch                              February 15 – February 28

Fill Edible Evanston’s Seed Swap Form before February 8th and head over to the Robert Crown Branch between Feb 15 -28 to collect your seeds (check Crown opening hours here) You can also drop off pre-labeled (type, variety and year grown) seeds that will be collected by Edible Evanston.

Supplies are limited so please requests no more than 10 packets. Edible Evanston will fill requests on a first-requested, first-served basis.

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Africa: Bearing the Burden of Climate Change                                    Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm

Join DePaul University Professor Dr. Isidore Udoh, as he shares his experience growing up in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, where oil and gas have transformed this once prosperous
and green land into one of the most polluted regions in the world, and how
that connects to the severe environmental issues affecting Africa.

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Garden Clean Up with Good Insects in Mind
Wednesday, March 3, 5 pm

What can you do that advances climate action, community health and biodiversity? Do Less. Find out why a gentler garden clean up is better for you, songbirds and bugs like fireflies, praying mantises, and butterflies.

Co-sponsored with Natural Habitat Evanston

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Limpieza Verde
Jueves 4 de marzo, 7 pm
Kit & presentación

Este evento está organizado para personas que trabajan en tareas de servicio doméstico. Aprenderán elementos de seguridad sobre los productos de limpieza comerciales y fabricarán sus propios productos verdes, seguros para las personas y el planeta. Personas interesadas, favor de rellenar esta forma. Para más información, contactar con

Quienes participen en este evento y rellenen un formulario recibirán la correspondiente Certificación de la UIC.

En colaboración con ARISE Chicago.

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Fire+Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change
Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 pm
Film Discussion led by Liam Engel

“People don’t see the connection between climate change and the treatment of queer and trans people. We need to start having different conversations about how to address the powerful changes that need to happen for us to survive and to thrive as a community, as a people, as a species.”Javier Armando Rivera-Rosales Former Director of Positive Images, LGBTQ+ Youth Center.During the 2017 fires in Santa Rosa, CA. Co-sponsored by the City of Evanston – Office of Sustainability.

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Seed Bomb Kit: Helping Mother Nature Spread Love
Pick up starts Saturday, March 13

Starting March 13, come and pick up your kit to make your own native plant seed bombs. We will also share recommendations on where to throw them and the beneficial impact they will have on the environment.

Learn more about what native wildflower seeds we are going to use and why

Some kits still available at the Robert Crown Library Branch

Nature Scavenger Hunt… In a Craft!
Saturday, March 27: All Day

Starting on March 27, pick up or download the Nature Scavenger “Hunt-tellers” and the instructions on how to fold them and use them to learn more about the nature that surrounds us.

Explore Nature   on a Scavenger Hunt Adventure! Learn about local insects, birds and mammals while you enjoy the outdoors around your home or at some of Evanston’s natural spaces. Come to the Main Library or the Robert Crown Library Branch starting April 2nd until April 10 to claim a small nature-related prize for participating.

Learn more here

Rain Garden Made Easy
Wednesday, March 31st, 5:00pm
Presentation, Q&A

Join Julia Bunn, from the Evanston Environmental  Association to learn more on how to prevent the negative effects of heavy rains on our homes, school grounds, churches and common spaces by applying 3 simple principles that will, in turn, promote thecreation of beautiful and much needed native habitats.

Register Online

Lunch & Learn: Why Native Plants?
Thursday, April 8, 12-12:45 pm
Presentation & discussion

Bring your questions on natives and learn more about how these plants are essential to increase biodiversity, regenerate soil and make our communities more resilient to climate change. In partnership with Natural Habitat Evanston.

Register online


Reciclaje y Composta: ¿Qué debo saber?
Jueves, 8 de abril, 7 pm

¿Qué plásticos puedo reciclar? Qué hago con el tarro, ¿lo lavo o lo reciclo sin más? ¿Dónde puedo compostar mis restos de comida? En esta charla aprenderemos todo lo que necesitamos saber para asegurarnos de que nuestro reciclaje acaba en el lugar adecuado. También veremos las ventajas de la composta y qué alternativas existen en nuestra comunidad para poder ser aún más verdes.

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Resources Matter – Ways to Prevent Waste and Recycle Right
Thursday, April 22nd, 12 pm
Lunch & Learn

In this lively discussion, Mary Allen, Recycling and Education Director at SWANCC,  will help us learn more about creative and practical ways to reduce our waste and manage it correctly. Co-sponsored with Citizens’ Greener Evanston as part of their Earth Day Event Series.

Register online 

Lunch & Learn: Deconstruction, The Sustainable Choice
Friday, April 22 2021, 1 pm 
Lunch & Learn

Join Anne Nicklin, from the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse to learn more about deconstruction and how it can benefit you, your community and the planet. Co-sponsored with Citizens’ Greener Evanston as part of their Earth Day Event Series

Register online


KIT de preparación ante clima extremo: Frío, calor e inundaciones
Viernes 30 de abril, todo el día
Plática comunitaria

¿Qué necesitamos saber ante los eventos de clima extremo que están ocurriendo cada vez más? Agarre este KIT para saber quéhacer para cuidar a su familia y a las personas vulnerables de su comunidad ante el frío polar el calor extremos y las inundaciones.

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