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EESP/Environmental Law & Policy Center Meeting May 9, 2013
- EESP Attendees–Anne Comeau,Tom Murphy,Ginger Williams (Invited but Unable to Attend: Thom Greene, Mary Ann Smith,Allen Stryczek)
- ELPC Attendees–Howard Lerner,Seth Johnson,Susan Mudd,Jill Geiger,Christie Pollen website: http://www.elpc.org
- ELPC is meeting with multiple community groups in order to find areas of mutual interest with respect to environmental & sustainability issues. Howard indicated that they were on track to visit 50 communities or wards in 50 weeks or so. He reviewed ELPCs history & gave some background on their activity Tom Murphy provided a summation of EESPs work & we circulated our 40 page Project Plan.
- Edgewater (EESP/48th Ward) was ELPCs second such meeting. Although ELPC activities involve a wide spectrum, one of their prime focus areas is improving air quality & reducing particulate emissions. Closure of the Fisk/Crawford coal plants was a big step in that direction. They are now tracking route patterns of diesel fuel using truck lines, rail systems & public transport; & then comparing those patterns to Chicago's air quality monitoring results. An progresive overlay map of each system identfied convergence points and then poor to good air quality. The map results were clear on where the problem areas were concentrated. For more details click on Water & Air Resources and read Current State.
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
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EESP June Fundraiser
- When: Sunday, June 23rd 3-6 pm
- Where: Uncommon Ground, 1401 Devon Ave.
- Tickets: $30. each which may be purchased via
- Silent Auction: Items include Gethsemane Garden Gift Certificate; Felco Professional Pruners; Bark Bark Club Dog Basket; Tru Bloom(fragrence from Chicago flowers); Edgewater Historic Society Membership & Tour for Two; a Rain Barrel with Connections; Nookies Gift Certificates; Mia Francesca Gift Certificate and much more
- Special Tables: CNT Energy on energy efficiency programs; IGo Car Sharing; Community Glue Project on Repair & Re-Use; and a table presenting Edgewater's own Concept Vision for the North Lakeshore Trail extension-previously announced by the Mayor & the Chicago Park District.
- Other Information: All donations are tax exempt. Checks and credit cards are accepted and should be written to EESP. Mail: Mr. Thomas Murphy, EESP Project Consultant; 1314 W. Glenlake Ave., Chicago 60660. For more information on silent auction item drop off or pick up and for paper ticket sales contact Tom Murphy at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Purpose: EESP is an all volunteer non-profit under a 501c3. The fundraiser will help support our mission to create a sustainable future for ourselves and our children. EESP collaborates with our neighbors, block clubs and public officials to improve the quality of life in the community. Our projects include:
- Hosting Energy Efficiency presentations with CNT Energy to homeowners on how to make their homes energy efficient, save money & receive rebates or loans. Energy efficient buildings use less power and create fewer emissions which reduces greenhouse gasses.
- EESP has held public forums that discussed water and air quality issues & hosted a meeting with the Illinois Solar Energy Association on solar power installations. We also co-sponsor major recycling and clean-up events in the community.
- EESP has experts that review and provide input on new and retrofit development in Edgewater in order to maintain sustainable and environmentally friendly design elements.
- Our volunteers actively participate in planning & supporting efforts to expand parks & green spaces, beautify corners & parkways and establish vegetable gardens.
- We encourage local walking, biking & shopping to support Edgewater & Andersonville businesses.
Planning, Development & Transportation
- The Mayor's Office announced plans on March 15th for the north lakeshore beach path extension from Ardmore to Thorndale. EESP members teamed with other community volunteers on the design concept, revised plans and estimated costs. Our plan was supported by 48th Ward Master Plan committees and presented to the Alderman. He followed through with CPD & the Mayor's Office.
- P&D chairs will consult and give input on sustainability actions for community projects. (Library, Walgreens, Loyola, etc)
Air & Water
- Community film or workshop on water & air issues
- Edgewater's storm water management plan (may coordinate with CNT)
- Grant Proposal to Illinois EPA on Water Quality & Storm Management
- Google Map of Edgewater Renewable Energy and Sustainability Initiatives. http://goo.gl/maps/NEHR6
- We have reached out to outside partners on forming collaboratives for discount buying. See Report on ELPC Meeting.
- Collaborate with CNTs Energy Efficiency initiative - now expanding to multi family buildings
Parks and Green Spaces
- Coordinate with Ward, Loyola & Block Clubs for expansion & maintenance of parks & gardens
- Coordinate Ash Borer Inoculations with BoForestry
- Work with the new Edgewater TreeKeepers on their urban tree canopy projects
- EESP member to join West Ridge Nature Center Advisory Board..acres of natural areas and wetlands to be
developed by Park District west of Edgewater at Rosehill Cemetary and within community walking distance.
- Collaborated on another Spring Electronic Waste, paper shredding and Recycle event
- 60 Edgewater Recycling Block Captains kept informed on a bi-weekly basis
- Composting initatives
- Help the 49th Ward with their Blue Cart expansion & recruiting
- Continue work with CPS on local budget savings to schools for energy efficiency upgrades
- Follow up on survey of local schools on their environmental concerns
Cleaning the Neighborhood
- Participate in public & private “Clean Up Days”
- Updated survey of Edgewater Fast Food Parking Lot Clean Up plans
- Update map of SSA activity and cleaning areas
Education & Public Awareness
- Use Facebook page & other media - increase Likes to 500 and add other features
- Provide media outlets with press info & tips from EESP
- Filmed a documentary on the 2013 Earth Day grassroots community bonding work day.
EESPs Project Committee normally meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 8:00 am-9:00 am; 5533 N. Broadway Check here for any change. The meetings are open
EESP Members in the 48th Ward Comprehensive Master Plan
- Environment & Health - Co-Chairs: Jen Walling, Anne Comeau Members: Tom Murphy, Ginger Williams
- Community Engagement - Secretary: Killian Walsh
- Transportation - Members: Allen Stryczek, Tom Murphy