In 2007, after attending green festivals organized at the national level, Evanston Environmental Association Board members decided that a local green festival in Evanston would be a great event for the community.
The Evanston Green Living Festival was begun with a goal of promoting green products and practices that would help local residents reduce their carbon footprint.
The decision to hold the first festival was made just a few months before the event was to be held. As the festival date approached, there was lots of scrambling as the organizers had to contend with the challenges of holding the event for the first time. Exhibitors, speakers, and sponsors were secured up to the last minute. The logistics associated with providing tents, ordering food, creating festival signage, distributing posters, and numerous other tasks was overwhelming.
But ultimately on October 6, 2007, the Evanston Green Living Festival was born at the Evanston Ecology Center! This first festival involved the participation of over 40 exhibitors and was attended by over 800 people.
The festival has been presented every year since that first 2007 festival, and has grown dramatically in both exhibitors and attendees. Each festival has had its own theme ranging from water as a precious resource to the importance of the urban forest. The festival has become a "must attend" event for local residents who want to explore new ideas and ways to lead more environmentally responsible lives.
In 2015, the EEA was excited to partner with Citizens' Greener Evanston and City of Evanston to have the Green Living Festival be be part of the Evanston Streets Alive event on Main Street in Evanston.
The Evanston Green Living Festival will once again be part of Streets Alive on August 14, 2016. Take an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon in mid-August to come visit this year's event and help us make it the best Green Living Festival yet!