teaming together to learn
In order to determine the best role for the Foundation, we seek to understand issues, learning with and from knowledgeable experts and partners. In a time when environmental issues are vitally important not just for our community but the region, ECF is working with others to better understand the impact of climate change and how we can be part of solutions.
Mayor’s Climate Action Resilience Plan Working Group (CARP)
The City of Evanston is working on a planning process for climate action resilience, with a plan to be developed by October 2018. The Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) Working Group was formed in late 2017, and part of the planning process is for City Sustainability Coordinator Kumar Jensen to share information on climate change and its likely impact on Evanston with the community and solicit feedback, concerns, and ideas to be used in the planning process. ECF hosted a community session for Leadership Evanston alumni, as well as inviting Jensen to a Leadership Evanston session, and also convened a meeting for nonprofits to think about how climate change is likely to impact their constituents.
Great Lakes One Water Partnership
ECF has joined with four other shoreline community foundations in Illinois and Northwest Indiana in the Great Lakes One Water Partnership, an initiative to drive progress on water infrastructure challenges in the region. This effort, supported by the Great Lakes Protection Fund and the Council of Michigan Foundations, is designed to help communities in six regions around the Great Lakes develop and implement projects that will secure the region’s water future.
In 2018, the community foundations in the southwest region and a team of water management and watershed experts, including Evanston 7th Ward Alderman (and former ECF Board Chair) Eleanor Revelle, are working together to identify innovative opportunities to effect real change on water resources in the region. The focus in our region is on green and grey infrastructure. In addition to ECF, the partner foundations include the Chicago Community Trust and three Indiana community foundations, the Legacy Foundation, Porter County Community Foundation, and Unity Foundation of LaPorte County as reported in the ECF press release (April 9, 2018).