Organizers of next months’ Evanston Green Living Festival say they hope to use the event to encourage action toward meeting the city’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2016.

The eighth annual festival is co-presented by the Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston. It will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. 

“Every year, the Green Living Festival is one of Evanston’s most popular events,” said Catherine Hurley, the City’s Sustainable Programs Coordinator. “That’s because it’s both fun and educational, and it focuses on what we can do locally to solve global problems like climate change.”

The 2014 festival highlights the Evanston Livability Plan and what residents can do to help achieve the City’s goal of a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2016. The City recently received good news that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had honored it as one of the nation’s top 30 local government users of green power. Also this year, Evanston became the third community in the nation to be awarded a 4-STAR rating for excellence in sustainability.

“The Green Living Festival is a one-stop-shop event featuring the best in local green products, services and ideas. We want people to really enjoy their festival experience and walk away with fresh ideas on how to lead a more sustainable life,” the environmental association’s board president, Rick Nelson, said.

Citizens’ Greener Evanston will be play a large role in this year’s festival, coordinating stations where attendees can learn more about the focus of this year’s festival, the Evanston Livability Plan. “CGE is delighted to be involved in this year’s festival to help spread the word about this important plan and how citizens can help achieve its primary goal of a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2016,” said Eleanor Revelle, CGE president.

This festival also will feature:

The Green Market, with exhibits by more than 80 participating green businesses and organizations.
The Tiny House, a 128-square-foot sustainable house built by Northwestern University students.
A showcase of all-electric and hybrid autos and other alternative forms of transportation that will help reduce attendees’ carbon footprint and allow them to ride in style. Also, there are bicycle rickshaw rides for those who want to experience the ultimate in alternative transportation.
Alternative energy displays including solar panels and energy efficiency demonstrations.
Fun-filled activities for the whole family, delicious food and beverages, and live music.

The Evanston Ecology Center, built in 1974 by a group of local citizens, serves as a focal point for environmental education, sustainability, and volunteerism in the community.  The EEA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the long-term success of the Evanston Ecology Center.

Community members are encouraged to bike, walk or take mass transit to the festival. Free shuttle service to and from the downtown Evanston Davis Street Metra stop will be provided by Davis Transportation. Secure bike parking also will be available at the festival.

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