Evanston Development Cooperative

Built By and For Evanston

Evanston's only sustainable construction cooperative

We build high-quality, sensible housing in Evanston by recruiting and training Evanston residents to construct our neighborhood’s next generation of homes. EDC drives forward the philosophy that we should own our town’s socioeconomic issues through a community-owned business. Our self-sustaining model addresses issues of housing, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and racial equity.

Build With Us

Finding sensible houses that allow families to become first-time homeowners or downsize after retirement is difficult in Evanston. EDC builds customized energy efficient coach houses and smaller homes in our town, helping families come together across generations and build equity through homeownership.

Why Support Our Mission?

Our mission and values drive our day-to-day work, and we seek community investors that care about the Evanston that their great grandchildren will live in. EDC’s community-owned business collaborates with our entire town to own long-standing social issues, because we need to move the needle on issues of housing, jobs, and environmental sustainability today.

An investment in your community.

EDC shares provide you with one vote, like every other member of our cooperative. Your share means that you help govern our organization’s work in the Evanston community, providing expertise and direction on business operations and our long-term social goals.

A voice at the table.

As an EDC shareholder, you will collaborate with local civic leaders and construction workers to address our town’s biggest challenges through our democratic, collectively-owned business.

More than money.

Our mission and values are at the core of what we do, and we partner with investors who share our passion in building a form of community wealth that’s beyond just finance. By supporting EDC, you’ll be helping the entire community work toward long-standing goals of sensible housing, workforce development and environmental sustainability.

Latest News

Evanston Development Cooperative Becomes Exclusive Chicagoland Distributor of Innovative Building System
Press Release | 4 June 2019
EDC signed an agreement with Eco-Panels, establishing EDC as the exclusive distributor and installer of Eco-Panels’ structural insulated panels in the Chicago metropolitan region.
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Evanston Development Cooperative proposes coach houses as alternative affordable housing
Clare Proctor | 23 March 2019
Affordable housing in Evanston typically comes in the form of units within apartment complexes, but the Evanston Development Cooperative is proposing a new project: coach houses.
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Evanston Development Cooperative's Plan for Jobs and Sustainable Housing
Wendi Kromash | 15 March 2019
On May 9, two dozen people from Evanston gathered at Backlot Coffee on Central Street to talk about affordable housing with Dick Co and Robinson (Robbie) Markus.
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