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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.



Interested in helping Edgewater do more energy efficiency retrofits: contact Tom Murphy-email:

Get information on how to make your building comfortable while saving money, check the following links for 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: * _________________________________________




In January, 2014 Leslie Fowler, the Director of Nutrition Support Services for Chicago Schools,announced 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 agrees with this position, but little information has been released since the announcement, therefore, in 2015 will initate a task force to monitor progress and support solutions via CPS and our public officials. Loyola University announced it uses alternative products for student mealas and various Edgewater restaurants have made that change. Stryofoam is not recyclable, does not break down and may have health consequences because of its ingredients. __________________________________________ 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: __________________________________________

Project Sections (Click Link)


Events &Volunteer Opportunities
  • EESP Promoted Yard Waste Pick Up PilotNov 3 thru Nov 21st. Blue Cart Users called 3-1-1 to request separate bagged leaf & yard waste pick up. EESP Cleaning the Neighborhood & Recycling chairs will work with city for a permanent plan.
  • Climate Change Project Initiatives Join EESP and work on positive change & activities at a grassroots level. Contact Tom Murphy:
  • Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle Become a Blue Cart block captain or volunteer for Earth Day's Clean & Green Recycling/Shredding event? Contact Ginger Williams:
  • Senn Park Advisory Council Registered This large multi-purpose parks complex needs volunteers Contact: Check & like their facebook page for meetings etc.
  • Gateway Garden
    • Volunteer to help. Contact Dewey Howell:
    • EESP & BARGE awarded a grant for Patch Landscaping parkway work.
  • Ongoing Projects
    • Illinois Environmental Council EESP is a member of IEC
    • Planting Corners Residents received grants to plant five corner gardens
    • Edgewater Reads Little Library At Senn Park's Thorndale Garden. August: Weekly children's reading hour sponsored by EESP.
    • West Ridge Nature Preserve (City Park 568) 20+ local woodland acres. EESP's Comeau, Murphy & Metzger are voting PAC members representing Edgewater environmental interests. Construction started.

____________________________________________ ILLINOIS ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION PASSED IN 2014 State Senator Heather Steans, 7th District Sponsored or Co-Sponsored the following environmental measures

  • SB2727 Bans microbeads in cosmetics; these are so small they escape water treatment systems & collect in the Great Lakes
  • SB2966 Directs DNB and local agencies to draft a report on the causes & effects of urban flooding, focusing on Chicago in particular.
  • SB3049 Adds the gray wolf, American black bear and cougar to the list of protected species that may not be hunted, captured, possessed (except by a zoo or for scientific research) or sold. Exception if they pose a threat as defined in bill.
  • HB2427 Allowed the Illinois Power Agency to do a one-time, supplemental procurement of solar energy credits using up to $30 million in money held in the Renewable Energy Resources Fund.
  • SB2780 Allowed more types of water pollution projects (including stormwater runoff treatment, industrial waste systems & combined stormwater/sanitary sewer systems) to qualify for financial assistance.
  • In 2013: HB2335 Relaxed legislation of composting operations to encourage urban composting.
By 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


EESP Awards & Recognition


  • 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


  • 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



US DoE-Energy Savers


EESP Project Blueprint [Here]
Proper Drug Disposal


The 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. In Edgewater residents should go to the 24th District or 20th District locations.

Keep Our Waterways Clean

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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