Greener BeeGreen LivingEvanston celebrates green living with weekend festival

The Evanston Green Living Festival is an opportunity for residents to get inspired to make healthy, green changes to their lifestyles and support local businesses. This year’s theme – “Staying Healthy, Staying Alive: Streets Alive!” – featured dozens of businesses that make products or services that empower individuals to make those changes, as well as organizations that are working to create a more sustainable world.

“Open streets events such as Streets Alive allow residents to experience their cities without the usual interference of motorized traffic,” said Natalie Watson, a board member with Citizens’ Greener Evanston and Streets Alive coordinator. “In these newly created open spaces, people come together as a community, get exercise and fresh air, and discover that they can easily traverse miles without getting in a car.”

This year’s highlights included a green market, edible gardens, environmental arts activities for kids, exhibits in cutting-edge tactical urbanism, alternatives in transportation and energy, and a pop-up parklet. Nissan’s all-electric Leaf and the latest news on Pace suburban bus network’s compressed natural gas bus fleet also were part of the programming. .

The Green Living Festival was presented by NorthShore University HealthSystem, as a featured part of Streets Alive, which is organized by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA), Citizens’ Greener Evanston (CGE) and the city of Evanston.


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