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Date/Time: Saturday, September 28, 2013.  9am to 3pm

The Evanston Green Living Festival is an annual event presented by the 
Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the City of Evanston, with financial and in-kind support from an outstanding group of Sponsors.  The festival is held at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd, Evanston, and is designed to provide a venue where organizations can present green products, services and ideas to help attendees lower their carbon footprint. The 2013 festival theme was "Preserving & Protecting the Urban Forest". 


Registration for Sponsors and Exhibitors for the 2014 Evanston Green Living Festival will begin on June 1, 2014.

  • To see a 2013 festival slideshow, click HERE.
  • To see the 2013 festival video, click HERE 

The 2013 Evanston Green Living Festival presented a wide diversity of green exhibitors, plenty of entertaining activities for adults and children, and a healthy selection of food and drinks.  This unique environmentally-focused event featured the following attractions:
  • A special focus on the Urban Forest as a precious resource. The 2013 theme was "Preserving & Protecting the Urban Forest".
  • The Green Market - nearly 4000 square feet of covered outdoor space featuring exhibits by over 80 participating green businesses and organizations
  • The NU Tiny House - a 128 square foot totally sustainable house built by students from Northwestern University that has been re-located to the Ecology Center for the enjoyment and education of those who attended the festival and those who will attend future programs at the Center
  • keynote presentation "What's Killing Our Trees: Evanston's Solutions to a Global Problem," by Paul D'Agostino, Assistant Director of Public Works/Forestry and Mark Younger, City Arborist
  • Alternative Transportation demos presented to help celebrate National Plug In Day. Demos included a wide selection of all-electric and hybrid autos along with a collection of other forms of transportation that can be used to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Alternative Energy displays including Solar panels, the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency program, and other energy demonstrations of interest
  • Bike recycling by festival exhibitor Working Bikes.  Attendees brought their used bikes to the festival and Working Bikes recycled them for use locally or internationally.
  • Free utility-bill analysis by the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Illinois' premier consumer watchdog group, that included tips on how to reduce electric, natural gas, and phone bills
  • Green Silent Auction of items generously provided by local green vendors and organizations
  • Plenty of fun and engaging activities for kids (and their parents) like creating Tree Cookies, Making Maple Seed Helicopters, playing Stump the Arborist, and more... 
  • Bicycle rickshaw rides for attendees who wanted to experience the ultimate in alternative transportation
  • Delicious Food and Refreshments served by Evanston's Hummingbird Kitchen
  • Composting of festival food scraps by Collective Resource
  • Free shuttle service to and from the downtown Davis St. Metra station with stops at the Haven and Kingsley school parking lots courtesy of the City of Evanston and Davis Transportation
  • Secure Bike Parking - we always encourage attendees to bike, walk or take mass transit to the festival
We thank all of you who helped make the 2013 Evanston Green Living Festival an overwhelming success, and invite you to join us again in 2014 for another fantastic Green Living Festival.

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