Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with the City of Evanston April 26

The City of Evanston invites residents to both celebrate and protect the planet in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day on Saturday, April 26.

The day will begin with a volunteer effort to clean up City parks, followed by a tree planting and community celebration at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.

Evanston residents participating in the festivities are encouraged to tweet using the hashtag #EarthDayEvanston.

Park Clean-up – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Volunteers of all ages are invited to kick off the City’s Earth Day and Arbor Day festivities by helping to clean up a City park. Participants can sign up for one of seven different clean-up sites on the Volunteer Evanston website here >>>

Volunteers will be provided with all the supplies necessary to clean up their site, as well as a free food voucher to exchange at the City’s Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center later that day.

Tree Planting – 11:30 a.m.
Residents are invited to cast their votes to decide which tree species will be planted on the grounds of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day. Residents can vote for their favorite tree on the City’s Engage Evanston website, www.engageevanston.org, choosing from four tree species, American Hornbeam, Cornelian Cherry Dogwood, Gingko, or Eastern Hop Hornbeam.  All trees have been evaluated by City Forestry staff and determined to be apt for growth at the planting site.

The winner will be “treevealed” and planted on April 26 at 11:30 a.m. to kick off the celebration. Voting ends on April 24.

Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Following the unveiling of the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center’s newest tree, the City will host an Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration, including food; art; recycling, compost and rain barrel displays; games and more.

SAGE and EEA Earth Day Art Contest Awards – 12:30 pm

Awards and certificates for the 2014 Earth Day Contest will be presented to the top 3 individuals with winning entries from each grade level, K-8. The contest is sponsored by SAGE(Schools Are Gardening in Evanston) and the EEA (Evanston Environmental Association).

Representatives from ComEd, Nicor and CEDA will also be on hand to provide residents with information regarding energy efficiency programs and financial assistance.

For more information about the Earth Day and Arbor Day events, email sustainability@cityofevanston.org or call 311 (847-448-4311 outside of Evanston). All events are free and open to all ages.

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