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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at Evanston's Green Living Fest

Learn how to cut your energy use and help save trees at the annual environmental event Saturday. Then on Sunday continue the eco-themed weekend by Biking the Ridge.

Saturday

Evanston’s seventh annual Green Living Festival offers information and demonstrations in how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

  • This year’s theme is “preserving and protecting the urban forest,” and there will be keynote speech by Paul D'Agostino, Assistant Director of Public Works/Forestry and Mark Younger, City Arborist titled “What’s Killing Our Trees: Evanston’s Solutions to a Global Problem” from noon-1 p.m.

Other highlights include:

  • A 128-square-foot sustainable house designed by Northwestern students.
  • An exhibit of electric and hybrid vehicles
  • A free analysis of your utility bill to see how you can reduce your energy intake.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

Sunday 

It's the one day a year you can bike up Ridge Ave. at the annual Bike the Ridge event.

The street is closed to all traffic from Howard to Church Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to let cyclists enjoy the road, which is closed to bikers the rest of the year. The official start of the ride is at Ridge and Howard at 9 a.m. though you can ride in either direction from any starting point.

Kids are encouraged to decorate their bikes beforehand or at the bike decorating station on the route. Snacks and water are provided.

 

 

 

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