Green Drinks, Nov 13th – “The answer is blowing in the Wind”

24 Oct

Citizens for Greener EvanstonEvanston, Energy and the Environment:

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

  This timely presentation will examine how the electrical grid works, the environmental costs of fossil fuels, the benefits of renewable energy and the status of the offshore wind park concept.

The program will take place on

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Pete Miller’s,

1557 Sherman Avenue, Evanston

Special Deal:  The first 100 people to arrive for the presentation will receive a $5-off coupon for food and drink.

There will be an encore presentation on Thursday, November 15, 7:00-9:00 pm, at Curt’s Cafe, 2922 Central Street, Evanston.


Getting Our Homes Ready for Winter

28 Sep

Would you be interested in —

• a low-cost energy assessment for your home?

• an instant 70 percent rebate on air sealing and insulation?

• a low-interest loan for broader energy repairs?


At this month’s Green Drinks, panelists will discuss exciting new opportunities to improve building efficiency and thereby lower our utility bills and improve the comfort of our homes.  


Join us to learn about generous rebates available to homeowners of all income levels, living in single-family homes and buildings of up to four units.  Tips and tools we all can use to reduce energy use will also be discussed.


Panelists will include —

• Mary Edsey, Energy Impact Illinois

• Delmar Gillus, CNT Energy


When:           Tuesday, October 9, 7 – 9 pm

Where:          Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

What:            A free networking opportunity and panel discussion                                                                      


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Green Drinks October 9: Evanston, Energy and the Environment

18 Sep

Evanston, Energy and the Environment
Getting your home ready for Winter

Learn about exciting rebates available to homeowners for improving their buildings energy efficiency and lowering utility bills.

Tuesday October 9th, 7-9pm

Fire House Grill – 750 Chicago Ave, Evanston

Green Drinks September 11: Greening Your Art Practice

2 Sep

“Greening” Your Art Practice
and Your Outlook on Life

How might you incorporate more sustainable materials and processes into your art practice or
your business?

How does art challenge us to see the ordinary things around us in a new light?

At this month’s Green (non)-Drinks,* our panelists will discuss eco-friendly printing
practices, “green” framing materials and techniques, and the role of art in calling for change.

Panelists will include —
• Marilyn Jones, Consolidated Printing
• Shaun Chinsky, Good’s of Evanston
• Verna Todd, photo-based artist

This month’s Green (non)-Drinks program is part of CGE’s 4th annual Green Arts Show and will
take place at the show venue in the upstairs gallery at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center.
(For more information about other events during the run of the show, see http://

Tuesday, September 11, 7 – 9 pm
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston
A free networking opportunity, art show visit, and panel discussion about how to
make your art practice or your business more sustainable.

* This will be a “dry” evening since we cannot serve/sell alcohol at the Noyes Center without a

9/11: Green Arts Show

12 Jul

Evanston Green Drinks will be taking a break in August. Enjoy your summer!


Our next event will be September 11th at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, as part of the 4th Annual Green Arts Show.


Stayed tuned for more details!

7/10: Caring for Evanston’s Urban Forest

29 Jun

Trees absorb carbon pollution and help temper the impacts of climate change.

But they are under stress from invasive species, disease, and the warming climate

— and forestry budgets are stretched thin.


At this month’s Green Drinks, panelists will discuss challenges to Evanston’s urban forest,

what’s being done to manage more than 30,000 trees on Evanston’s public lands

and what you can do to help expand Evanston’s urban forest and keep it healthy.


Panelists include:

  • Paul D’Agostino – Superintendent of Parks, Forestry & Facilities Management, Evanston
  • Josh Behounek – Davey Resource Group
  • Wendy Pollock – TreeKeeper #1050


When: Tuesday, July 10th 7 – 9 pm

Where: Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

What: A free networking opportunity and panel discussion

6/12: Thinking about going Electric?

4 Jun

Have you considered buying an electric car?

Do you have “range anxiety”?

Find out what it means to own an electric car and what recharging resources are available to Evanston residents at our June 12th Green Drinks program.

Panelists will include local members of the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association:

  • Chuck Carrington – owns a (converted) all-electric MG Midget and a Nissan LEAF
  • George Gladic – converted his Toyota Prius into a plug-in hybrid
  • Sharon Feigon – CEO of I-GO CarSharing

When: Tuesday, June 12, 7 – 9 pm

Where: Firehouse Grill (second floor), 750 Chicago Avenue. Evanston

What: A free networking opportunity and panel discussion about the experience of owning an electric car and the solar canopy charging stations coming to Evanston

5/8: Creating Bird-friendly Spaces

29 Apr

Birds, just like us, need healthy environments to live.

How can we create spaces that support biodiversity in Evanston?

What do bird-friendly gardens look like?

How can we reduce the impact of our built environment on birds?

At this month’s Green Drinks, panelists will discuss ways to create Bird-friendly Spaces in our gardens and buildings around Evanston.

Panelists include:

  • Judy Pollock – Audubon Chicago Region
  • Julie Siegel – Sustainable landscape designer
  • Annette Prince – Director, Chicago Bird Collision Monitors

When: Tuesday, May 8th, 7-9 pm

Where: Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

What: A free networking opportunity and panel discussion on creating bird-friendly spaces

4/10: Education through community gardening

4 Apr

Education Through
Community Gardening

Community gardening has grown in popularity, as people around the world want to be moreconnected to the food we eat. The impact of these gardens becomes exponential when usedas a tool for education. They can be used to create living laboratories at schools and afterschool centers to help students learn about the food they eat as well as gain critical skillstraditionally taught in classrooms. At this month’s Green Drinks, panelists will discuss community gardening in Evanston schools.
Panelists include:
Rachel Rosner- SAGE (Schools are Gardening in Evanston)
Ellen Urquiaga- Teacher, Washington School
Linda Kruhmin- The Talking Farm and Edible Acre at ETHS
When: Tuesday, April 10th7 – 9 pm
Where: Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
What: A networking opportunity and Panel discussionabout teaching through community gardening.
Free event!
RSVP suggested at

March 13th: Water Water Everywhere…!

4 Mar
Increasingly severe storms and heavy downpours will put pressure on Evanston’s water infrastructure. While wet basements and runoff continue to impose economic and environmental costs, innovative and practical solutions in Green Infrastructure will lead the future by collecting rainwater where it falls. Learn about what is being done in Evanston to solve this challenge at our monthly Green Drinks!
Panelists include:
Hal Sprague, CGE and Center for Neighborhood Technology
Suzanne Calder, Community Activist
Judy Pollock, CGE and Audubon Chicago Region
We will also be joined by representatives from the City of Evanston to discuss green infrastructure projects the city has implemented in the community.
When:  Tuesday, March 13th, 7 – 9 pm
Where:  Firehouse Grill, 750 Chicago Avenue
What:  A networking opportunity and Panel discussion about how we can manage stormwater the natural way.
RSVP suggested at
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