Evanston Green Living Festival

Evanston's second annual Green Living Festival takes place this Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. The Festival is expected to feature about 50 local green businesses and organizations showcasing a variety of things such as organic lawn care, non-toxic cleaning products, and healthy baby items; automobile sharing and electric cars; and re-using everyday objects and re-directing our energy consumption...

Beginning at 9 a.m. and running through 4 p.m., this year's festival focuses on reducing your carbon footprint. Throughout the day environmental experts and advocates as well as City of Evanston staff will explain how you can live green. Local vendors will be on hand to explain how their environmental products and services can improve your life.

Key events include:

  • Keynote speaker Bill Sweitzer, who completed a rigorous training program led by former Vice-President Al Gore, will be speaking to spread the message about the threat of and solutions to global warning.
  • Free CFLs to distribute to residents for signing the Greenest Region Compact, an effort of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.
  • 50 rain barrels will be available for purchase - they have been hard to find this summer due to high demand, so take advantage of this opportunity!
  • The "energy bicycle" returns this year. Ride the bike and view the gauge as it records how much energy your pedaling is creating.
  • SC5, Northwestern University's latest solar car, will be on display. The solar car will be one of many examples of new technology on display at the Evanston Green Living Festival.

Admission is free and food will be available for purchase. If you walk or ride your bike to the festival you will receive a green reward, and a guarded lot will be set up to take care of all bikes.

For more information visit The City of Evanston website.

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