Opportunities for DIAC members and friends to Improve Climate Change Conditions (prepared by Bill Eyring)
Reduce our Community Carbon Footprints
Evanston Climate Action Plan
The Evanston action plan was completed about 2006; the website shows a one-year progress report but nothing since.
Citizens for a Greener Evanston
The group, one of many active environmental organizations in that city, is focusing now on getting Evanston qualified to become a certified Habitat City by the National Wildlife Federation.
Reduce our Individual Carbon Footprints
Calculate footprint and voluntarily compensate for emissions
http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/– donate hundreds of dollars for compensation
http://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/ - educates about your emissions
Plus about a dozen other calculators
Ask David Wolf about his Nisson Leaf and Prius
Ask Bill Eyring about his Plug-in Prius
Weatherizing your home
http://www.ussolarnetwork.com - This company is active in Evanston. It has some 100 installations of mostly thermal systems, but increasing numbers of photovoltaic systems.
Sustainable landscaping practices
This was my favorite career responsibility, and still my hobby. I have been able to help about 4 families per year to build native rain gardens that reduce water problems and add native habitat. I hope to spur the people who gain that experience to enable some of their neighbors to do the same.
Ban lawn blowers
Over-use of blowers is one of my pet peeves. Wilmette has an ordinance banning gasoline blowers because of the noise, other than during the fall, but I don’t know if it’s enforced. In California there are bans because of the dust and pollution issues.