Commissioner Cameron Davis of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District talked about efforts to protect Lake Michigan and the Chicago River as well as storm water runoff and water quality issues in Evanston and neighboring communities.
The following are resources that Commissioner Davis provided :
• Illinois DNR Coastal Management Programs
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Forecasts
• Illinois Sea Grant
• Wisconsin Sea Grant
• Michigan Sea Grant
• Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
• Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
• The Death & Life of the Great Lakes– Dan Egan
• The Great Lakes Water Wars– Peter Annin
Contact info for Cameron Davis:
Watch a recorded presentation of Drinks & Dialogue: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint on 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.
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad. Discover dozens more animated shorts and documentaries that chart a path to a more just and sustainable future at the Story of Stuff Project.
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.
Clean Energy Sources for Electricity
Are you confused about the electricity sources available to you in Evanston? What is the difference between electricity aggregation and community solar? What is the MC Squared program? What do all these terms we hear really mean and what are my choices?
On July 14, Ajiah Gilbert, Sustainability Fellow, presented ways to use clean electricity and help the City meet its Climate Action and Resilience (CARP) goals. This Zoom program was sponsored by WiseUp and the League of Women Voters of Evanston.
Watch a recorded presentation of Butterflies and Bees on YouTube. One of the CARP goals is to “prioritize efforts to promote native landscaping and restoring and conserving habitat.” This program, which was jointly sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Evanston and Natural Habitat Evanston, gives you ideas to establish small pollinator gardens where you live. Leslie Shad, Co-chair of Natural Habitat Evanston was the primary presenter. View this slide show to learn about the plants that serve as host plants and nectar plants for pollinators. Questions about this program? Email Leslie Shad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TheLWV 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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