Evanston's Future newsletter for August


August 3, 7 – 9 pm

Evanston Food Policy Council Meeting

Location: Home of Linda Kruhmin, 1422 Greenwood, Evanston

Contact: [email protected], 847-328-7175

August 13, 3 - 5 pm

Evanston Interreligious Sustainability Circle

Location: Friends Meeting House, 1010 Greenleaf, Evanston

Contact: Steve Perkins, [email protected] or 773-269-4055

August 16, 7 – 9 pm

Urban Farm Meeting, Evanston Food Policy Council

Location: Home of Debbie Hillman, 1118 Sherman, Evanston

Contact: [email protected], 847-328-7175

August 16, 7:30–9:30pm

Evanston’s Energy Future

Location: Home of Drina Nikola & Andy Irwin, 2008 Keeney St, Evanston

Contact: Joel Freeman, 847-869-0955

September 12, 6 – 9 pm

Urban Farm Community Support Meeting

Location: Dawes Elementary School (Oakton & Dodge)

Contact: Debbie Hillman, [email protected], 847-328-7175

September 16,

8 am - Noon

Evanston’s Farmers’ Market Non-Profit Day

Grab a friend and join the Network to promote a sustainable vision.

Contact: Gina Lettiere, [email protected], 847-424-0724

Visit www.evanstonfuture.org and click on Calendar of Events for upcoming meetings and activities.
Special Announcement!

NEF Receives Wooden Nickels

NEF is one of the beneficiaries of the Wooden Nickel program at Wild Oats! When you bring your own bags, you receive a wooden nickel, which you can then deposit in the container just past the cash registers. At the end of the quarter, NEF will receive a check for the amount of wooden nickels in that container.

Evanston’s Farmers’ Market Non-Profit Day

Volunteers are needed represent the Network on Saturday, September 16th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the Farmers’ Market in Evanston. Select your favorite topic and share with the community – transportation, affordable housing, food policy, energy, water, faith in place, or community land trust.

Please contact Gina Lettiere with a time period in which you can participate at the NEF table. Gina’s contact information is [email protected] or by phone 847-424-0724.

Network Updates

Urban Farm Community Support Meeting
(Submitted by Debbie Hillman)

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 12th. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Evanston Food Policy Council will host an informational meeting about what an urban farm in Evanston could look like.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tours of the Edible Garden at Dawes Elementary School

7:00 p.m.
Expert presentation on working urban farms, followed by a Q&A session. How big can a farm be in a city? How much can it grow? Who benefits? Where could it be located? Why grow food in an urban area? How you can get involved?
Contact: Debbie Hillman at 847/328-7175 [email protected]

Other News
(Submitted by Debbie Hillman)
Form Based Codes: An Alternative Approach to Regulating and Shaping Development
Featured Speaker: Paul Crawford, Chairman, Form Based Codes Institute
Tuesday, August 8th, 6-9 p.m., City Council Chambers, Evanston Civic Center
Hosted by Evanston Plan Commission, Downtown Plan Sub-Committee
Form Based Codes are emerging as one of the most interesting recent reforms to traditional zoning codes. Often associated with Smart Growth and the rise of “New Urbanist” planning concepts, form-based codes place primary emphasis upon the physical form of development, including building height, bulk, façade treatments, and the relationship of the buildings to the street and to one another and the location of parking. Simply put, form-based codes emphasize the appearance and qualities of the public realm by addressing both structures and the places they create.
As individuals actively involved with development in this city, you are likely to have been part of discussions as to how Evanston can become the most livable city in America. There are several significant planning efforts now underway – including Downtown Planning and the West Evanston TIF Master Planning – which will be the focus of similar discussions. For this reason, the Plan Commission and its Downtown Plan Subcommittee has invited Paul Crawford, a nationally recognized expert on form-based codes, to speak on the subject.
Please plan on joining us for an evening of information and discussion about this innovative alternative to traditional zoning.
For additional information contact Tracy Norfleet, General Planner, at [email protected] or
Susan Guderley, Neighborhood Planner, at [email protected].
They may also be reached at 847-866-2928.
For more information on Form-Based Codes, please visit www.formbasedcodes.org/.

Evanston’s Energy Future

(Submitted by Joel Freeman)

Reminders for Future Energy:

Tax Credits - For qualified energy efficiency improvements of existing homes, tax credits are approved by the Treasury Department and the IRS. These improvements must be in place during calendar 2006 and 2007 to be eligible. Visit the IRS website for more information: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=154657,00.html

Electricity costs - Electricity customers will have new rates beginning in 2007 in this phase of the electricity deregulation and restructuring plan for the Illinois electric power industry. With expiration of the rate freeze that began in 1999, many forecasts are for higher overall electricity costs. Budget planners take note. For those implementing energy conservation strategies and energy efficiency projects, the payback will like become shorter!