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Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project - Welcome

Project Overview (Click Link for Details)

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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. _______________________________________

Events & Activities
  • Climate Change Project Initiatives-Presentation at Immanuel Lutheran resulted in coordinated letters to elected officials in support of EPA Clean Power regulation updates with cc to EPA. Immanuel Lutheran Council sent letters as a body. EESP to vote on our action in October meeting. Comments due to EPA by 10/16
  • Gateway Garden Grant from Neighborspace EESP & BARGE were awareded a grant for Patch Landscaping to improve the parkway at Hollywood (from Magnolia to the Alley) The weeds & trash that kept accumulating made this an eyesore. Decorative cobblestones installed Sept 24, 2014
  • West Ridge Nature Preserve (City Park 568) Dedicated & constructed started Sept, 2014.
  • 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 (see above re grant that will reduce maintenance issues)
    • Assistance from Kim Kaulas to residents who received corner garden grants (funded by EESP & Sen. Heather Steans)
    • Building interactive SustainEdgewater website
    • Edgewater Reads Little Library in Senn Park's Thorndale Garden. The site is highly visible and heavily visited. EESP has contributed to its building & materials; therefore, our logo is on the kiosk. August Garden Program: Saturday morning children's reading hour sponsored by EESP & Senn Advisory Council with environmental themes.

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EESP SUPPORTS

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS DECISION ON NO STYROFOAM TRAYS

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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, a health hazard & environmental problem. EESP supports this position.

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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: *http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/energy_savers.pdf

Project Sections (Click Link)

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Open Letter to Elected Officials
  • EPA Carbon Emission Rules-We Urge EESP Members to Use The following as a Template(Copy to the EPA). The deadline for public comment is October 16, 2014
    • As a citizen, active voter and community member who is concerned about the dangers of climate change, I urgently request your help to ensure that new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), to reduce U.S. carbon emissions under the federal Clean Air Act, become law. These rules would cut U.S. auto emissions in half & dramatically reduce carbon pollution from the single largest source of carbon dioxide pollution in the United States—new & existing power plants. These new protections will improve public health, help our country transition to a cleaner energy economy, & preserve ecological diversity throughout the planet.
    • Contrary to what those opposed to these rules have said The Clean Air Act has not harmed the economy. Since its passage in 1970, the federal Clean Air Act has dramatically reduced levels of toxic air pollutants and made our air safer to breathe. Yet during the period between 1970 and 2011, the gross domestic product of the United States grew 212 percent, and total private sector jobs increased by 88 percent.
    • Compliance costs are overstatedAccording to a report from the Economic Policy Institute that studied the economic impact of environmental regulations, the cost of complying with environmental regulations is nearly always less than estimated at the time the regulation is proposed.
    • The cost of doing nothing is huge We must take into account the “forgotten” costs. Arguments that the EPA regulations will be too costly today ignore the future economic costs of climate change. Sea level rise, changes in temperature, and increases in hurricanes and other extreme events will wreak havoc on the economies across the country, and even worker productivity. Climate and weather disasters in 2012 alone cost the American economy more than $100 billion.
    • These rules will provide concrete benefits Improving health quality is priceless. Power plant pollution makes people sick and cuts short lives. According to the American Lung Association, the proposed EPA rule will “prevent up to 4,000 premature deaths & 100,000 asthma attacks in the first year they are in place and prevent up to 6,600 premature deaths and 150,000 asthma attacks in 2030.”
    • I pledge to support leaders who show courage on this issue and are willing to make short-term sacrifices to protect the long-term interests of our communities, our families, & our planet as a whole. I hope that you will be such a leader. I urge your full support of the EPA’s proposed carbon rules. Thank You.

Note the following Instructions for sending comments to the EPA

  • •Email: A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov: Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message
  • •Fax: Fax your comments to: 202-566-9744.
  • •Mail: Environmental Protection Agency, EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mailcode 28221T, Attention Docket ID No. OAR–2013-0602, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460


Strategic Goal: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Minimizing current demand while conserving resources for future generations.

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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.

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Renewable Energy-Google Map

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EESP Awards & Recognition

2010

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

2011

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

2012

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

2014

  • EESPs Little Free Library in the Senn Parks garden registered and part of the national network map of Little Free Libraries Take a Book-Return a Book

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US DoE-Energy Savers

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EESP Project Blueprint [Here]
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SUSTAINABLE CHICAGO 2015 ACTION AGENDA

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: http://www.chicagosustainability.org

Proper Drug Disposal

PHARMACEUTICAL DISPOSAL DROP BOXES

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 & AIR QUALITY LINKS

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

http://www.cleanaircounts.org/municipalities_strategies.aspx

http://www.sbcapcd.org/sbc/ozonehealth.htm

http://www.lungchicago.org/advocacy-air-quality/


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