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May Newsletter

Read up for exciting updates and happening: new heritage tree surveys, stewardship, and an event celebrating the beginning of our Edgewater Seed Library!

Hello EEC friends, community members, and environmental stewards! We hope to see you at our 5/11 monthly meeting. On the agenda: coalitions, development, and stewardship information updates with Parks 559 and 599, Edgewater trees & a new heritage tree survey, plus Vedgewater and Parkways for Pollinators. We'll also be discussing engagement with the 48th Ward alderperson transition. Please join us and you are welcome to share and bring updates and shares of your own to the group. We look forward to seeing you soon! Our monthly meetings take place at 6:30 PM every second Thursday of the month, and they are all posted on Events. Join Zoom Meeting - Meeting ID: 763 961 6511 - +13126266799,,7639616511#

Thanks to Ethan, we have an updated flyer to share EEC with the community, please share with your communities or at your favorite local cafe!

Our Upcoming Events

Community Happenings

Community Connections

Free the Frontlines: EJ Power Hour The front lines are demanding freedom from being the de facto dumping ground for toxic pollution. Can you join us for a virtual power-hour? We’ll share more about a state bill, hear from front-line leaders across the state, and share ways to take action then and there to make sure your legislators don’t throw environmental justice communities under the bus.


International Compost Awareness Week The 2023 International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) theme is truly a collaborative and international effort. This year’s theme is For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food...Compost! Join the IFSCC and learn more about compost and composting, and all things related, through a variety of virtual and in person experiences and programs, here in Illinois. Hope to see you!


We are celebrating the beginning of our Edgewater Seed Library! Join for a presentation about rain and pollinator gardens. Whether it’s a yard or a public parkway you can get environmental benefits and an area of rest and relief in a busy city! They will also be discussing green roofs, walls, and the best native plants for Midwest gardening. After the presentation you will have an opportunity to sign up for a free two-hour work shop the following week that will help you plan and create your own garden!


Block clubs, individuals, and community organizations are encouraged to do your own Heritage Tree Survey! To connect, reach out to EHS and EEC members, Marjorie and Killian:,

In Case You Missed It

  • Coalition for Plastics Reduction In March, we joined the Coalition for Plastics Reduction (CPR), a membership coalition in Illinois addressing plastic waste. We would like a regular representative from EEC to join these meetings, if that person is you and/or you'd like to learn more, tell us! (

  • Hiring for our next intern EEC invites energetic, community-minded individuals to join us as interns and help manage our local environmental sustainability projects and advocacy. Find out more and apply here! Applications due by 6/1.

  • Click here to view new maps and renderings from the North Lake Shore Drive redefine the drive project.

  • Click here to fill out the Lakefront and DuSable Lake Shore Drive Community Visioning Survey from Better Streets Chicago.

  • Be sure to check out our blogs on the Edgewater Community Tree Planting Recap and the Garden Compost Compliance Toolkit!

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