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Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project - Welcome

Project Overview (Click Link for Details)


EESP Monthly Meeting

EESPs Project Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 9:00 am- 10:00 am; 5533 N. Broadway Check here for any change. The meetings are open. Join us and volunteer to work in your area of interest. _______________________________________




Leslie Fowler, the Director of Nutrition Support Services for Chicago Schools,announced on 1/13/2014, that within 24 months, students will be carrying their food on an “affordable alternative” to Styrofoam food trays at a cost reduced by pooling the purchasing power of six cities With 250,000 students, this will eliminate 35 million styrofoam lunch trays thrown away each year, which is a health hazard & environmental problem. EESP supports this decision and will monitor the progress of CPS. ____________________________________________


The Sustainable Chicago Plan is organized into the following seven categories deemed critical to the city'a sustainability. It identifies actions needed to reach specific goals by 2015.

  • 1. Economic Development and Job Creation
  • 2. Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
  • 3. Transportation Options
  • 4. Water and Wastewater
  • 5. Parks, Open Space, and Healthy Food
  • 6. Waste and Recycling
  • 7. Climate Change...

For More details on the Chicago 2015 Action Agenda click this link: __________________________________________

Building Energy Efficiency

Information on programs to make your building more comfortable while saving money, tax credits and rebates for residential buildings:

Information for buildings with 2 units & up can be found at:

A booklet with tips on saving energy and money for homes is available to download or purchase at: *

Project Sections (Click Link)


Events & Activities
  • July 27th One Long Table on the 6000 block of N Kenmore-held again this year A new Long table is being planned along the 6000 block of N Winthrop in August.
  • August 21- Powerpoint presentation at Immanuel Lutheran (1500 Elmdale) regarding updated information on Climate Change.
  • September 21st The Edgewater Historical Society will be holding its annual Home Tour on the third Sunday of Sept., the 21st. EESP was asked to collaborate on a pre-tour workshop.
  • Fall Edgewater Renewable Energy Tour - Second annual bike tour of Edgewater sites. Weekend Time & Date to be announced
  • West Ridge Nature Preserve (City Park 568) - (formerly part of Rosehill Cemetary at Western & Peterson) Pond dredging started early spring 2014. See EESP May minutes for tentative construction timeline and Parks & Greening for a map and the body of our 2013 position paper.
  • Ongoing Projects
    • Illinois Environmental Council - Continue to support and spread information on legislation in Springfield that affects residents health, safety and environment
    • Weekly maintenance of Gateway Gardens by EESP & BARGE volunteers
    • Assistance from Kim Kaulas to residents who received corner garden grants (funded by EESP & Sen. Heather Steans)
    • Launch of interactive SustainEdgewater website
    • Edgewater Reads Little Library in a park - first site in Thorndale Garden 1500 Thorndale - very active & needs EESP branding.
Minimizing current demand while conserving resources for future generations.


Strategic Plan

EESP Focus Areas:

  • Youth Outreach & Involvement - Activities, Tours & Presentations
  • Information Source on Sustainable Issues – Fact Sheets; Educational Information; Legislative Issues
  • Multi-Media Publicity for Public Action & Education

EESP Outreach

  • EESP will be one of the Edgewater community's leading advocates for environmental issues
  • EESP volunteers will collaborate with other like minded community groups, schools & universities, businesses and faith groups in Edgewater and in the Chicago area.


Renewable Energy-Google Map


Awards Received by EESP'


  • Chicago GreenWorks Community Leadership Award
  • 7th State Senate District Community Leaders Award


  • Friends of the Park - EESP Development
  • Keep Chicago Beautiful "Community Vision" Award
  • Illinois State Senate Proclamation for Community Service


  • National Wildlife Federation - Thorndale Community Garden Certified as Wildlife Habitat



US DoE-Energy Savers


EESP Project Blueprint [Here]
Proper Drug Disposal


The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that its pharmaceutical disposal drop box program is now available at all Chicago police stations to allow for the proper disposal of expired & unused prescriptions & over-the-counter drugs.

Keep Our Waterways Clean

"Discarding our medication responsibly protects our waterways, our environment and our neighbors," said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. "Now that our drop boxes are available citywide, residents can stop throwing their medicine in the trash or down the drain & instead dispose of them in a safe & convenient way." Available year round 24-hours daily, [this] offers residents a convenient & environmentally friendly alternative. The main goals of the program are to help avoid unintended use; reduce or prevent recreational pharmaceutical use & keep contaminants out of our waste water and public waterways.

By using the police facilities as drop-off locations, controlled substances can be deposited safely & destroyed under the observation of law enforcement officials.


Renewable Energy Links

Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA)

Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA)

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Illinois Wind Power

Clean Air Links

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