Edgewater Environmental Coalition: What We Stand For
In EEC's mission, we bring a green voice to local challenges. Our strategic intentions are to serve as a community voice on environmental issues.
Specifically to develop an annual advocacy agenda to advance and support key advocacy issues.
This document is becoming our advocacy platform, it represents what we stand for to inform the positions and efforts the organization support as well as what we want our elected officials to as well.
Candidates should support these environmental principles. We support these specific practices and others as ordinance opportunities arise.
How sustainable thinking and behavior make Edgewater (and the world) a better place. Climate change begins and ends here.
The 3 forces of society must maintain balance. Actions in one affect all. A positive dynamic among them reinforces their beneficial effects.
Environment is the backbone of the triad; economy and community are inextricably connected.
|Community driven, comprehensive, collaborative.|
|Inputs:||Our focus areas||Our topics|
Our guides, + our recent Climate Action Plan event takeaways
How to read:
The middle column, PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES is the main categories. There are two categories, natural and built environment.
Columns B & F are supporting related benefits for the community and economy.
Read column D first as the main spine, then read the outer columns.
Coalitions & Ordinances to Support - What Candidates should commiting to supporting specific policy ideas.
|RELATED BENEFITS||PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES||RELATED BENEFITS||Water for All|
|NATURAL ENVIRONMENT||Democratize ComEd|
|KEEPS EDGEWATER ATTRACTIVE AND DESIRABLE||CONSERVE AND EXPAND NATURAL AREAS||ENHANCES QUALITY OF LIFE||Building Decarbonization|
|Buy plants locally, patronize firms that donate to the community. These areas attract new residents who value them. Lakefront is unique and powerful amenity, preserving neighborhood desirability.||Principle: Restore, maintain, and expand habitat |
Practice: Plant, reseed, tend. Continue Beach Stewardship programs, education. Protect wildlife and native habitat. Extend Parkways for Pollinators. Build the Last Four Miles of the lakeshore trail/park.
|Promotes public health through exercise and appreciation of nature. Make the natural environment available to all equitably. Connects people to the planet.||Participatory Budgeting|
|The Chicago Climate Action Plan|
|MAINTAINS QUALITY AND LOWERS COSTS|
MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE WATER QUALITY FOR ALL
|ENHANCES PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY|
Waste Strategy (Includes municipal composting)
|Better health lowers medical costs. Avoids costs of bottled water. Maintains the value of homes, apartments and businesses.||Principle: Protect the lake and potable water|
Practice: Ensure safe drinking water, protect beachfront and extend lakefront trail. Mimic natural systems. Eliminate lead water pipes.
|Supports better health and social interactions. Lakefront offers wide range of recreational activities and outstanding public spaces. Promotes environmental justice through improving public health.||Rein in gas utility overspending|
|Community Zoning Process|
|SAVES MONEY ON HEALTH AND TRAVEL COSTS||ENSURE GOOD AIR QUALITY||BOOSTS RESIDENTS' HEALTH|
|Walking, biking, transit cost less than cars. Supporting electric vehicles and charging stations adds to local economy. Cleaner air leads to fewer respiratory issues.||Principle: Control pollution generators, ensure environmental justice and permitting |
Practice: Promote transit, walking and biking. Support traffic calming to reduce pressure on roads and cut-through traffic. Mitigate sources including cars and trucks. as well as leaf blowers!
|Safer for walking, biking, and outdoor activities. Calming traffic lowers pollution and reduces the need for cars. Promotes environmental justice through improving public health, reducing pollution burden. Reduces noise and fumes from idling vehicles|
|BETTER ACCESS SUPPORTS THE LOCAL ECONOMY||EXPAND GREEN WASTE TREATMENT||OFFERS HEALTHY OPTIONS|
|Offers business creation and job opportunities. Low tech systems make these accessible to small firms. Next generation waste management generates innovative business opportunities.||Principle: Reduce, re-use, recycle, compost |
Practice: Make sustainable waste management widely accessible. Coordinate with the municipal waste strategy.
|Makes it easier to reduce landfill waste. Supports environmental justice beyond the neighborhood. Education enables broader adoption of these practices. Neighborhood or block-scale approaches can work.|
|SHIFTS ENERGY SPENDING TO LOCAL SCALE||INCREASE GREEN ENERGY||LETS RESIDENTS PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE|
|Creates local business opportunities and jobs, especially for people who need them the most. Demand reduction offers huge savings at modest cost. Insulated structures use less, cost less. Can help to align incentives and benefits of conservation.||Principle: Hasten the clean energy economy|
Practice: Support Chicago Climate Action Plan. Increase local wind and solar, decarbonize, use renewables, retrofit, insulate, create tool sharing initiatives - for renters and owners. Democratize ComEd and rein in gas usage and prices.
|People can adopt many energy-saving practices on their own. Better structures are more comfortable. Renters, owners and businesses can work together on solutions. Leads to cheaper energy bills, more affordable energy, and cleaner, healthier buildings here.|
|GREEN FIRMS AND JOBS BUILD OUR ECONOMY||KEEP NEIGHBORHOODS GREEN||CELEBRATES WHAT MAKES EDGEWATER GREAT|
|Principle: Save good old buildings, use green methods|
Practice: Use recycled and green new materials. Remove lead pipes. Pursue funding to support green retrofit initiatives.
|Principle: Maximize trees, flowers and art |
Practice: Continue to plant trees and flowers, expand Parkways for Pollinators, maintain sidewalks, support Edgewater Garden. Try to eliminate 2-stroke engines, iliding vehicles and blocks to the bike lanes, build permeable pavement. Keep encouraging murals and sculpture.
|Walking and biking promote healthy lifestyles and social interactions. Protecting soil and native habitat improves quality of life for all people. Eliminating nuisances like noise pollution encourages outdoor activities.|
|PROMOTES ADVANTAGES OF URBAN LIVING||PRIORITIZE STREETS FOR PEOPLE||EMPOWERS COMMUNITY ACTION|
|Great people-centered neighborhoods attract new residents, and visitors who contribute to the local economy. Money spent at Edgewater and Andersonville shops and restaurants tends to remain in the community||Principle: Make cars lowest priority in transport hierarchy|
Practice: Maintain sidewalks, expand and enforce bike paths, discourage idling vehicles. Expand traffic calming, especially on busiest roads, using Broadway south of Foster as template.
|People want mixed uses within walking distance. Discourages cars and trucks speeding through and polluting. Diminishes light, air and noise pollution. Aim to make walking enjoyable on every Edgewater street.|
|KEEPS A HISTORICALLY SUCCESSFUL PATTERN||PROMOTE GOOD URBAN DESIGN||ENCOURAGES BALANCE AMONG LAND USES|
|Thoughtful mixed-use development means more people can find jobs and affordable homes. Good transit lowers cost of living. Slowing cars and prioritizing bike/walk/tansit modes creates greater visibility for small businesses.||Principle: Maintain Edgewater's historical character|
Practice: Continue existing pattern, avoiding sprawl on commercial corridors, and encouraging infill. Create inviting community spaces, indoors and out. Increase public art. Engage the community in zoning decisions.
|Safer, slower streets make residential and commercial areas friendlier, safer. Human scale sustains humans. More gathering places build community.|
|CAPTURES MARKET DEMAND||RETROFIT AND BUILD GREEN||MAINTAINS ARCHITECTURAL CHARACTER|
|People want green materials and methods. Businesses respond, growing the market. Such work is more accessible to small firms and creates local employment opportunities. Community education expands applications.||Principle: Save good old buildings, use green methods, have clean, healthy, affordable homes.|
Practice: Use recycled and green new materials. Remove lead pipes. Pursue funding to support green retrofit initiatives. Reduce energy burden on households (the percentage of income spent on energy bills).
|Supports community landmarks and values, creating community pride. Retrofits are less burdensome to neighbors and enhance healthy living.|
|RECYCLES WEALTH INTO COMMUNITY||MAKE EDGEWATER'S ECONOMY GREEN||BUILDS COMMUNITY CHARACTER AND WALKABILITY|
|Shop Local: community-owned businesses create many local jobs and attract dollars from outside area. New eco-firms can employ residents and export products. Best business practices set example for other neighborhoods.||Principle: Support and grow a sustainable economy.|
Practice: Promote companies that make green products, use recycled and local materials. Build solar parking lots. Deploy more permeable pavement. Encourage commercial enterprises to use sustainable practices. Encourage green job creation/ training by creating pilot green job projects.
|Small businesses create more jobs than giants. People can walk or bike to work. Supports training, especially for under-resourced populations. Great community spaces support social interaction.|