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Environmental issues affect the entire community, and it will take a collaborative effort to address them effectively. Listed below are many organizations that have become available to offer information and services covering a variety of issues.

Renewable Energy

  • Citizens' Greener Evanston - Citizens' Greener Evanston acts to improve community control of our greenhouse gas emissions, and is a great resource for information on renewable energy projects.
  • ISEN - The Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern is an umbrella organization whose mission is to catalyze new science, technology, learning and policy for sustainability and energy.
  • Illinois Solar Energy Association - Educators and advocates for the application of solar energy in Illinois.
  • Illinois Wind Energy Association - The Illinois Wind Energy Association was founded in early 2007 to represent the needs of the growing wind energy industry in Illinois.

Energy Efficiency

  • Citizens' Greener Evanston - Citizens' Greener Evanston offers information on how to become more energy efficient and save money on your bills.
  • CEDA - Energy assistance and weatherization for low-income houses.
  • CUB Energy Saver - The Citizens' Utility Board Energy Saver program helps customers save money on their electric bill.
  • Energy Star - Energy Star is the EPA's program to promote energy efficient products and practices.
  • GBI - The Green Building Initiative is a non-profit organization whose goal is to speed up the adoption of energy efficient buildings.
  • MHPA - The Midwest Home Performance Association is a state supported association of performance specialists trained in making your home more energy efficient.

Transportation

  • CTA - The Chicago Transit Authority provides cleaner commuting options through bus and rail service.
  • Metra - Metra provides an expansive rail system that connects the entire Chicagoland area.
  • Enterprise CarShare (formerly iGO) - Car sharing network that allows customers to rent cars whenever they need them.
  • ZipCar - Car sharing network that enables its members to use a car on demand.

Waste Reduction & Recycling

  • SWANCC - The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County provides information on waste collection and recycling options.
  • Earth911 - Earth911 offers easily obtainable information on recycling information.
  • Groot - Groot is Evanston's commercial waste hauler and the organization you should call if you are a multifamily home or business that wishes to start recycling service at your location.

Water Conservation

  • City of Evanston - The City of Evanston has a great deal of information on how to be more efficient with your water usage and how to save money on your bill.
  • WaterSense - The EPA's program covering more efficient water products and usage.

Food Production

  • Farmers' Markets - The City of Evanston hosts Farmers' Markets every Saturday between May and November which showcases over 30 different vendors selling a variety of goods.
  • Slow Food Chicago - A volunteer network within the Chicagoland area that seeks to create lasting change in the local food system.
  • The Talking Farm - The Talking Farm's mission is to cultivate healthy, sustainable communities by supporting the production and appreciation of locally grown food.