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Dear <<First Name>>,

As we prepare for our first General Assembly meeting on June 27th, we are humbled by the Evanstonians who have stepped up to support EDC’s mission. A long journey awaits us, but we sense the progress and are energized by the growing support.

This quarterly newsletter shares our updates, events, and thoughts. Addressing the challenges of housing, equity, and sustainability will require a thoughtful, steady approach. EDC’s success relies on your participation – please let us know what you think, join our cooperative, build a coach house with us, or introduce us to your neighbor.

Thanks for being a part of our community!


Quarterly Updates

Grant Funding for Local Jobs

In March, we received $60,000 from the City of Evanston’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Fund to create local green construction jobs!

"I couldn’t be more encouraged by the work that [EDC is] doing for residents to have an opportunity to own parts of our city. It’s creating job opportunities in a space that we don’t have the talent right now… I couldn’t be more proud to support this work.” – 5th Ward Ald. Robin Rue Simmons

Press Release
Community Dialogues

We’ve engaged with over 50 Evanstonians during the first two of our ongoing community dialogues. Residents discussed the future of housing at our first dialogue at Backlot Coffee on Central Street. At our second community dialogue, hosted in collaboration with 2nd Ward Ald. Peter Braithwaite, community members, city officials and local artists discussed how space and cost needs can be addressed with coach houses.

“To see Evanston thrive is to see Evanston spread out housing in a way that makes sense. If we keep building high rises or huge 4000-square-foot houses, Evanston will cease to be this place.” – Backlot Coffee Owner and EDC Member John Kim

Upcoming Event

Dialogue at Evanston McGaw YMCA

THURSDAY, JULY 11  |  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
1000 Grove Street, Evanston, IL 60201 

Join us at our next community dialogue at the McGaw YMCA to share your thoughts on how we can build housing that addresses affordability, flexibility and diversity.

Partner Spotlight

Eco-Panels LLC

EDC is the exclusive Chicagoland distributor and installer of Eco-Panels’ structural insulated panels, the technology we use to frame our homes. We believe Eco-Panels has the best integrated modular framing solution on the market because its wall panels are easy to assemble and create airtight, highly insulated and fireproof homes to cut down on construction time and errors for us and energy bills for residents.

Using Eco-Panels allows us to prioritize environmental sustainability and employing a local workforce when we build our homes.

Press Release

The Bigger Picture

Every newsletter we will highlight local or national matters that relate to EDC's values, mission, and development.

Sustainability in Our Community

As a city, Evanston made a commitment to combat climate change when the City Council approved the Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) in late 2018, which calls for carbon neutrality and zero waste by 2050, and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. These ambitious goals cannot be achieved without changing the way our community builds.

The building sector accounts for
39 percent of countrywide carbon emissions each year; however, this number doubles in Evanston, with 80 percent of our carbon emissions coming from residential and commercial buildings. Often, sustainability comes with a high premium, but integrating affordability and sustainability is critical in ensuring Evanston remains a healthy, vibrant community as environmental pressures grow.

Last month, Evanston won a $250,000 Partners for Places grant to support building affordable, climate-resilient housing. This will mean building homes with better insulation to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, and building structures that can withstand climate events. We are energized by this initiative, and believe the City of Evanston and EDC can achieve these goals through strong community partnerships and initiatives.

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