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Dear <<First Name>>,

In a year with more than 300,000 lives lost due to the pandemic in our country, we are ending 2020 with a quote from Maya Angelou:

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

Our cooperative turned two years old earlier this month. In a year that has challenged the sus
tainability of small businesses in unimaginable ways, we are grateful for the simple opportunity to continue EDC’s work in Evanston for the foreseeable future. We are humbled by the support from our cooperative members and friends in the community.

We hope everyone that stayed resilient through this long year finds peace during the holiday break, with the light of a brighter 2021 on the horizon.


  Dick Co           Robbie Markus

Quarterly Updates

Share Your Feedback on ADUs!

EDC’s working on an ADU guide with the City of Evanston, and we want to know what information you need to take on an ADU project. Please fill out the survey below!

If you have more specific questions about how to start your ADU project, we'd love for you to email us at

What Would You Like To Learn About Most Before Building an ADU on your Property?

1) Zoning: What can I build in Evanston?
2) Budget: How much would an ADU cost?
3) Design: How can I make the ADU work for my family?
4) Financing: How would I pay for an ADU?
5) Sustainability: What is the latest in a healthy, green home?


Housing Assistance

If you, or someone you know, is at risk of being evicted, you can reach out to Connections for the Homeless through this link. Their Prevention team may be able to help.

Additionally, to get the latest updates on the City of Evanston’s COVID-19 rental assistance program, you can fill out this form


New Homeowner ADU Zoom Presentation

We’re excited to roll out a new Zoom presentation on how to start an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) project for Evanston homeowners!

If you provide your address to us before our meeting, we customize the presentation based on your zoning district and an initial analysis of your property.

Reach out by phone (847-497-0167) or email to explore what you can do in your backyard. 

Our Climate Commitment

As part of EDC’s commitment to climate action, energy-efficient buildings, and well-paying jobs in the growing sustainability sector, we are proud to be “All In” for national mobilization on environmental reform.

Read more about the pledge that businesses, cities, universities, and other institutions have taken to urge the Biden-Harris administration to join an ambitious response in addressing the climate crisis head-on.

Partner Spotlight - Co-Op Ed Center

Coming out of the Chicagoland Regional Worker Cooperative Convening this fall, we want to highlight one of the organizers of this event: the Co-Op Ed Center!

Incorporated in 2018, the Co-Op Ed Center is committed to developing worker cooperatives in the Chicagoland area, with a focus on Black and Latinx worker-owners. They have also been involved in meaningful policy reform, including the Cook County worker cooperative resolution and statewide legislation that supports the growth of worker co-ops in Illinois.

Given the resiliency of employee-owned cooperative business models, and their ability to transform the harmful relationship between labor and capital within traditional businesses, EDC is grateful for the Co-Op Ed Center’s work to equip our region’s current and future worker-owners with the skills and resources necessary to sustain their cooperative.

The Bigger Picture

Connecting Housing Sustainability, Affordability, & Equity

In September, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released a study that found that “low-income, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and older adult households had disproportionally higher energy burdens than the average household.”

Further, Climate Central recently reported that the “number of affordable housing units at ri
sk from coastal flooding and sea level rise is expected to more than triple over the next three decades.”

When considering the effects of energy-inefficient or environmentally hazardous places of living on low-income people and BIPOC (e.g. Hurricane Katrina), as well, housing emerges as a human right which must be provided through multiple lenses of racial justice and environmentalism.

EDC is committed to energy-efficient affordable housing, which can reduce carbon emissions and the financial burden for lower-income households, by bringing down their utility bill. Resilient construction materials which can help mitigate the effects of natural disasters, such as the patented Eco-Panels which frame EDC homes, also have a role in affordable housing’s future.

Beyond the home itself, equitable transit-oriented development (eToD) is a strategy which connects affordable housing, anti-racism, and sustainability. By placing affordable housing near public transit, lower-income people can have a reliable way to travel to work without relying on a vehicle. Further, by ensuring that Black and Latinx residents have equal access to a community’s amenities and public infrastructure,  eToD can lead to healthy, integrated neighborhoods.

EDC was excited that our 2-bed affordable ADU was featured in Illinois Green Alliance's GreenBuilt Home Tour this past summer, as a way to demonstrate that affordability and sustainability should go hand-in-hand moving forward. Looking to the new year and beyond, our worker cooperative looks forward to future projects that can simultaneously address our values of racial justice, climate action, and healthy, affordable housing.

What We're Reading & Watching


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