Focus on Climate Action


LWVE backs state and national League of Women Voters climate action priorities.


In 2018, the Evanston City Council formally adopted the Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) which, among other things, establishes a community carbon neutrality goal, a zero waste goal and a 100% renewable electricity goal.


LWVE is committed to helping reach the City's goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Our committee has spotlighted helpful information on ways to reduce Individuals' carbon footprint by at least 5000 pounds by May 31, 2021.

Review  My Climate Action and Resilience Plan. Learn how every resident can build their own climate action and resilience plans, and adopt behaviors that are more sustainable, reduce climate change, and increase resilience.

You can help the City reach this goal by reducing your carbon footprint. Read the 
Carbon Diet Sampler, and take the Carbon Diet Pledge.


On Feb. 24 LWVE and Natural Habitat Evanston are presenting a program about pollinator gardens. Register here.



More Climate Action Resources


City of Evanston

Evanston has a longstanding commitment to Sustainability, climate action and livability. Learn more about the most significant programs, projects and services.

Cook County
GreenTown: Climate Crisis, a virtual event across two days, September 23 and 30, 2020, marks the 22nd GreenTown since 2007 spanning four Midwest states. The webinar included breakout sessions, plenary presentations, pre-event film screenings and panel discussions covering renewable energy, transportation, food waste and climate resilience. Watch the session recordings.


General Climate Advocacy
Citizens’ Greener Evanston works to make Evanston a more environmentally just, sustainable, and resilient community. Our vision is to have Evanston recognized as one of the most environmentally sustainable cities in the country.

Climate Reality Project works to get the Clean Energy Jobs Act passed in our state as soon as possible. This bill will put Illinois on a path to 100% clean energy by 2050.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. The group trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community to generate the political will necessary for passage of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.


Bipartisan Climate Legislation
The
Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020 creates a certification program at USDA to help solve technical entry barriers to farmer and forest landowner participation in carbon credit markets.

The
Environmental Voter Project aims to significantly increase voter demand for environmental leadership by identifying inactive environmentalists and then turning them into consistent activists and voters.


Water
The
League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region proudly continues the League's water-quality advocacy and education work. The League has been working on water issues for nearly a century– over 50 years in the Lake Michigan basin.

The
LWV Upper Mississippi River Region Inter League Organization
consists of local leagues in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin that are located within the Upper Mississippi River Region. This interleague organization promotes political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government and acts on selected governmental issues affecting the Lake Michigan watershed.

Healing Our Waters– Great Lakes Coalition's mission is to secure a sustainable Great Lakes restoration plan and the federal funding to implement it. It endeavors to ensure that the people of the region have access to clean, affordable, and safe drinking water; can eat fish that are not toxic; and are able to live healthy lives that are not undermined by pollution.

The
Alliance for the Great Lakes is a nonpartisan nonprofit working across the region to protect our most precious resource: the fresh, clean, and natural waters of the Great Lakes.

Freshwater Future's mission is to ensure the healthy future of our waters in the Great Lakes region. It envisions a strong and effective environmental community working to protect and restore the Great Lakes and its many waters by involving residents in civic decision-making.  

The
Great Lakes Environmental Law Center is a nonprofit that offers community education, policy support, and various legal services to address environmental, resource, and energy issues affecting communities in and around Detroit, all over Michigan, and throughout the Great Lakes region. 



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Natural Landscaping
Natural Habitat Evanston works with the City of Evanston, community leaders, schools, faith groups, nonprofits and others to create, restore, and conserve Natural Habitats for Birds, Bees and Butterflies!

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, with thanks from chicagowilderness.org, has compiled a list of Native Plants and Stormwater Treesfor natural gardens.

List of plants and photos,
Natives for Shade or Sun, was prepared by the League of Women Voters Lake Michigan Region with funding from NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, U.S. Department of Commerce.


This PDF includes various resources on Natural Landscaping at Home as well as Attributes of Restored Ecosystems.



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Watch a recorded presentation of Drinks & Dialogue: Reducing Your Carbon Footprinton YouTube. Our guest speakers include: Rachel Rosner and Lauren Marquez-Viso, the President and Vice-President of Citizens Greener Evanston, respectively and Jerri Garl, formerly with EPA and currently a member of the Evanston Environment Board.




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