A group of Evanston citizen advocates interested in issues impacting our beaches and lakefront, including wastewater disposal and the proposed Evanston marina. This group is not active following the city's decision to withdraw plans for a lakefront marina; however, persons with questions or concerns may contact Ramona Meher.
Volunteer citizens who have received disaster preparedness training and may be called upon to assist Emergency Operations personnel in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
CERT participants also receive training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Individuals must apply for admission into the next program.
Built on the grounds of the Ladd Arboretum, 17 acres of park land with a bird sanctuary and bicycle path, the Evanston Ecology Center serves as a focal point for environmental education and volunteerism in the community. Offers a wide range of programs to community members of all ages including School Programs, Community Gardening, and Summer Camps. Operated by the City of Evanston with support from the Evanston Environmental Association.
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 5:00pm year round
Open weekends for programs and rentals.
Promotes environmental education and action in Evanston through programming; works with other local green organizations on selected projects which produce environmental benefits for Evanston and its residents. Works to increase enjoyment and knowledge of nature by residents of all ages with the expansion of the Ecology Center classroom space and “critter” collection. Supports the Evanston Ecology Center in partnership with the City, supports the Annual Garden Walk each summer, and works in support of the SAGE edible school garden program in our elementary schools.
GreenBuzz is the go to place for information on organizations, events and news related to the environment, climate change and sustainability in Evanston. The website is hosted by the City of Evanston with content provided by organizations and individuals in Evanston who are working together to make Evanston a great place to live, work, play and grow.
Organizations represented on this website are part of an informal network called Sustain Evanston, which is dedicated to supporting projects that aim to improve the sustainability of the City of Evanston.
An annual event, that is part of the “open streets” event Streets Alive, where local organizations present green products, services and ideas to help attendees lead more sustainable lives. Usually held on a Sunday in September.
Challenges Evanston’s religious congregations to be active stewards of the environment; provides resource support, workshops and opportunities for joint projects. Usually meets the fourth Tuesday, September–June, 7–9 PM, Evanston Friends Meeting House, 1010 Greenleaf.
The Evanston North Shore Bird Club is devoted to birding and protecting local natural resources, offers programming and field trips. Membership meetings held every fourth Tuesday of the month, September through April (no December meeting), 7:30 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center.
Evanston North Shore Bird Club has adopted the new (as of October 2015) Clark Street Beach Bird Sanctuary. Volunteers work inside the sanctuary learning about plants and keeping them healthy. We invite people who would like to be bird monitors or volunteers to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group is committed to caring for Evanston's trees by raising awareness of the value of Evanston's urban forest and promoting best practices in tree care among residents, local businesses and organizations. Organizes work days, family events and activities; offers classes in tree care at the Levy Center.
Meet regularly on the third Wednesday of the month at the Evanston Ecology Center; welcomes anyone who's interested in getting involved.
Friends of Evanston Farmers Markets (a 501c3 organization) educates the public
about the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown foods, and advocates greater access
to healthy food for all community members, regardless of means.
I-GO is a not-for-profit car sharing service organization with several parking locations in Evanston. Offers rate plan choices for individuals and businesses.
Co-sponsors regular bird walks with the Lincoln Park Zoo and participates in the National Butterfly Count with North Park Village Nature Center and Spring and Winter Bird Census Counts as well as other local projects. Bird watching field trips. Meets on the second Monday of the month, 7:30 p.m., at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
The Fort Dearborn Chapter is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society.
MOSAIC (Members Of Society Acting In Cooperation) is a 13-member housing cooperative in Evanston, IL consisting largely of students, though non-students are also welcome. Through cooperative action, MOSAIC seeks to develop a diverse, inclusive community which inspires and empowers creative, conscious, sustainable living.
Nuclear Energy Information Service is a non-profit organization committed to ending nuclear power through educating and organizing the public and advocating sustainable and ecologically sound energy alternatives.
A nonprofit 501c3 citizen advocacy group dedicated to preserving the architectural and visual character of Evanston by raising public awareness and appreciation. Maintains a separate, but complimentary relationship with the Evanston Preservation Commission.
Board meets regularly.
The Talking Farm is 501(c)3 organization which operates the Howard Street Farm, an educational and production farm located at 3701 Howard Street, Skokie, IL (1/2 mile west of McCormick Blvd). The Howard Street Farm provides local, fresh food, educational and volunteering opportunities, and a place for community gatherings. Partners with the Evanston Food Council.