News Posted in: Sustainability

Evanston Maple Trees Produce Syrup, Lessons in Sustainability

Posted in Forestry, Northwestern University, Sustainability

Evanston maple trees are providing Northwestern University students and local Evanston children with a sweet lesson in sustainability. As

Vote By April 6 to Determine Winners of Water Week Art Contests

In honor of National Drinking Water Week (NDWW) 2015, May 3-9, the City is holding an art and photo

Evanston Named World Wildlife Fund's 2015 U.S. Earth Hour City Capital

The City of Evanston is pleased to announce that it has been selected to represent the United States as

Evanston to Host Youth Art, Photography Contests in Celebration of National Drinking Water Week

Posted in Sustainability, Water Division

The City of Evanston is hosting a 3rd grade art contest and a 6th-12th grade photography contest in celebration

City Fleet Recognized by American Lung Association, Illinois Soybean Association for Biodiesel Usage

Posted in livability, Public Works, Sustainability

The City of Evanston is proud to announce that it is an inaugural member of Illinois’ B20 Club, a

City to Host Ladd Arboretum Multiuse Path Community Workshop Feb. 17

Posted in Ladd Arboretum, Meeting, Public Works

The City of Evanston will host a community workshop on Tuesday, February 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in

Watch Award-Winning Environmental Films at the Evanston Ecology Center Feb. 6, 20

Posted in Ecology Center, Evanston Environmental Association, Events

Community members are invited to enjoy 16 of the world's best environmental films at the Evanston Ecology Center as

Vote for Evanston in the World Wildlife Fund's "We Love Cities" Campaign, Voting Begins Jan. 26

The City of Evanston is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist to represent the

City of Evanston a Finalist in World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour City Challenge

The City of Evanston is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist to represent the

Evanston Community Members Encouraged to Share Input on Potential Divvy Bike Share Station Locations

Posted in Community Development, divvy, Public Works, Transportation

The City of Evanston invites community members and visitors to provide their input on potential station locations for the

Evanston Divvy Bike Share Partnership and Sponsorship Opportunities Announced

Posted in Sponsorships, Sustainability, Transportation

The City of Evanston has announced exciting partnership and sponsorship opportunities for local businesses and organizations interested in supporting

Explanation for Recent Higher Energy Bills

Posted in Sustainability

Some Evanston residents have been concerned about higher electric bills and have called the City to make sure their

Evanston Designated as EPA "Green Power Community"

Posted in Electricity aggregation, energy, livability, Sustainability

Evanston has been recognized as an official “Green Power Community” (GPC) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Residents,

Holiday Light Recycling Program Begins Dec. 1

Posted in holiday lights, recycling

The City of Evanston, in conjunction with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), will begin its

"I Heart Evanston Trees" Art Contest Winners Announced, Pre-Order Calendar and Greeting Cards Today

Posted in Arts, Forestry, Sustainability, Trees

The City of Evanston’s Forestry Division is pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions of its inaugural “I

City of Evanston Shines a Spotlight on Bicycle Safety at "Pedal Bright" Bike Light Giveaway and Installation Event October 30

Posted in safety, Transportation

In an effort to promote bicycle safety in Evanston, on Thursday, October 30, the City of Evanston will hold

40th Annual Fall Flea Market at the Robert Crown Center November 1

Posted in Crown Flea Market

Evanston’s 40th Annual Fall Flea Market will be held on Saturday, November 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

City Warns of Potentially Misleading Marketing from Alternative Electricity Suppliers

Posted in Alert, Electricity aggregation, Sustainability, Utilities

The City of Evanston reminds residents participating in its optional Community Choice Electricity Aggregation program to be wary of

Celebrate International Walk to School Day October 8

Posted in Events, Police, safety, walking, Youth

Evanston students, parents and teachers are encouraged to walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 8 in celebration

Capture the Beauty of Evanston's Urban Forest in the First-ever "I Heart Evanston Trees" Art Contest

Posted in Arts, Forestry, Sustainability, Trees

The City of Evanston’s Forestry Division invites community members to celebrate and support Evanston trees by participating in the

Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Expand Divvy Program in Chicago, Oak Park and Evanston

Posted in Bike the Ridge, Sustainability, Transportation

Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $3 million state investment in the Divvy bicycle-sharing program that will add 700

City of Des Plaines Expected to Become Water Customer of Northwest Water Commission, Providing Evanston Water

The Northwest Water Commission Board of Commissioners has informed the City of Evanston that it has unanimously approved an

Evanston Green Living Festival September 27

Posted in Ecology Center, Events, Sustainability

The 2014 Evanston Green Living Festival is shining a spotlight on a hot local issue: The City's push to

Evanston Ranked Among Top 25 Bike-to-Work Cities in the Nation

Posted in News, Transportation

Evanston is one of the nation’s top 25 cities for biking to work, according to a recent Bloomberg News

Evanston Community Members Encouraged to Provide Feedback on Bike Transportation Improvements at Upcoming Public Meetings

Posted in City Council, Meeting, Public Works, Transportation

Evanston residents are invited to participate in several upcoming community meetings to learn more about the City’s Bike Plan

Enjoy Evanston's Biggest Block Party Ever, "Streets Alive!," on Main Street September 7

Posted in arts and entertainment, community, Events, recreation, Sustainability

Evanston community members are invited to enjoy a mile of food, music, activities and open space during the City’s

Evanston City Council Approves Plastic Shopping Bag Ordinance

Posted in City Council, Recycling, Sustainability

On Monday, July 28, the Evanston City Council voted 5-4 to approve an ordinance prohibiting the distribution of point-of-sale

City of Evanston Recognized as One of Top 30 Local Government Users of Green Power Nationwide

Posted in Award, awards, Electricity aggregation, sustainability, Utilities

The City of Evanston announced today that for the first time ever it appears on the U.S. Environmental Protection

City's Fourth Annual Recycling Fair to Include Medications Disposal

Posted in Events, Public Works, Recycling, Sustainability

Community members looking to clean up their medicine cabinets and responsibly dispose of unused medications and prescription drugs can

City to Host 4th Annual Recycling Fair and Equipment Display July 12

Posted in Public Works, Recycling, Sustainability

The City of Evanston will host its fourth annual recycling fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July

City to Host Community Dialogue on Plastic Shopping Bags June 5

Posted in City Council, Recycling, Refuse, Sustainability

The City of Evanston invites residents and business owners to a community meeting on Thursday, June 5, 7 p.m.,

2014 Evanston Preservation and Design Awards Announced

Posted in preservation, Preservation & Design Awards

The 2014 Evanston Preservation and Design Awards were announced at the May 27 City Council meeting. The annual awards

Community Members Invited to Discuss Preservation and Sustainability at Roundtable Event

Posted in preservation, Sustainability

In celebration of National Preservation Month, the Evanston Preservation Commission invites community members to participate in a Preservation and

City Council Approves Livability Plan Targeting 20 Percent Emissions Reduction by 2016

Posted in City Council, Climate Action Plan, Electricity aggregation, energy, Evanston Livability Plan, Sustain Evanston, Sustainability

The Evanston City Council on Monday unanimously adopted the next phase of a communitywide plan to reduce greenhouse gas

Autobarn of Evanston To Provide "No Charge to Charge" Sponsorship to Help Promote Illinois' Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

The Autobarn of Evanston has officially announced that it will sponsor nine electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around the

City Selects New Electricity Supplier Providing Residents with Price Certainty, 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Posted in Electricity aggregation, energy, Sustainability, Utilities

The City of Evanston has approved a three-year contract with Homefield Energy as part of its electricity aggregation program

Final Bike Plan Workshop Set for May 3

Posted in public works, sustainability

As part of the City of Evanston’s process to update its citywide Bike Plan, a second and final Bike

Electric Vehicle Owners Get a Charge Out of New Evanston Station

Posted in Sustainability

Evanston residents and visitors were heavy users of the City’s newest electric car charging station during its first month

Utility Bill Assistance Available at Evanston's Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration

Posted in Sustainability, Utilities

Community members can connect with utility bill assistance programs at Evanston’s Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday,

City to Host "Community Clean-up" April 26

Posted in ecology, Sustainability, Volunteer

Residents are invited to help make Evanston sparkle this spring by participating in the City’s “Community Clean-up” on Saturday,

Evanston Awarded Grant to Fund Bike Transportation Improvements

Posted in Public Works, Transportation

The City of Evanston has been awarded nearly $1.5 million in federal funding for bicycle transportation improvements, Gov. Pat

Support Twiggs Community Garden by Voting in Grant Contest

Posted in Community gardens, sustainability

Twiggs Community Garden has been entered into the Seeds of Change® Grant Program with an opportunity to receive one of two

Vote By April 11 to Determine Winners of Water Week Art Contests

In honor of National Drinking Water Week (NDWW) 2014, May 4-10, the City is holding an art and photo

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with the City of Evanston April 26

Posted in Events, Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, Sustainability, Volunteer

The City of Evanston invites residents to both celebrate and protect the planet in honor of Earth Day and

Document Destruction Available April 3

Posted in recreation, sustainability

The public is invited to safeguard their important papers, bank statements, bills and receipts from theft by bringing them to the Fraud

City Warns of Misleading Electricity Supplier Solicitations

Posted in Alert, Electricity aggregation, sustainability

The City of Evanston is warning residents about misleading alternative electricity supplier phone and mail solicitations after receiving numerous

Evanston Earns 4-STAR Certification as National Sustainable Community, City One of Only Two Recognized for Excellence Nationwide

Posted in evanston, State of the City Address, Sustainability

Evanston is the second city in the nation to be awarded a 4-STAR Community Rating for national excellence in

Evanston Environmental Association to Showcase Award-winning Films at Ecology Center

The  Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) will present 19 award-winning environmental and adventure short films in a two-evening event in

Save the Date: 3rd Annual Evanston Green Ball on May 30

Posted in Ecology Center, Sustainability

The Evanston Environmental Association and the City of Evanston will host the third annual Evanston Green Ball on Friday,

Sustain Evanston Seeks Community's Ideas for Expanding Low-Carbon Transportation

Posted in Sustain Evanston, Sustainability, Transportation

Sustain Evanston invites environmental leaders and activists within the community to a Low-Carbon Transportation Alternatives Brainstorming and Strategy meeting

City of Evanston Honored for Support of Biking, Walking and Transit

On November 19, 2013, the Active Transportation Alliance presented a Public Leadership Award to the City of Evanston for

New Online Tool for Evanston Bicycle Plan Feedback

Posted in Sustainability

The City of Evanston, in an ongoing effort to continue the conversation about improving bicycling, has launched a Community

Evanston Receives Governor's Award for Sustainability

Posted in Sustainability

The City of Evanston was honored with a 2013 Honorable Mention Governor’s Sustainability Award in recognition of significant achievements

Workshop and Bike Tour are Next Steps in Evanston Bike Plan Update

Posted in Sustainability

The City of Evanston is in the process of updating its citywide Bike Plan. As part of the process,

Information Meeting on Evanston's STAR Communities Application Process October 15

Posted in Sustainability

The City of Evanston Office of Sustainability will host an information meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15

Bike the Ridge Returns on Sunday, September 29

The annual Bike the Ridge event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29,

Sustain Evanston to Host Networking & Planning Meeting October 5

Posted in Meeting, Sustain Evanston

The City of Evanston invites community environmental leaders and activists to a "Sustain Evanston – Networking & Planning" meeting

2013 Green Living Festival to Focus on Saving the Urban Forest

Posted in Sustainability

The 2013 Evanston Green Living Festival has a pressing theme—“Preserving & Protecting the Urban Forest”—in a year when City

Celebrate Car Free Week September 22-28

Posted in sustainability

The City of Evanston invites the community to celebrate Chicagoland Car Free Week September 22-28, 2013 and take the pledge

Evanston Set to Take the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge

Posted in sustainability

For the second consecutive year, the City of Evanston is taking the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Earth Hour City

Shared Streets Evanston Event Closes Dempster Street September 1 for Gala Activities

Enjoy Dempster Street like never before from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 1 by attending the Shared Streets Evanston

Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County to Hold Information Meetings in September

Posted in Recycling, Refuse, SWANCC

Are you concerned about garbage, recycling and other solid waste issues? The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC)

Openlands TreeKeepers Course in Evanston Starts September 14

Want to gain a more in-depth understanding about how to become a better tree steward? For the first time

Tin Can Collection Sustainability Project for CommUNITY Picnic

Come join us at the CommUNITY Picnic on Sunday, August 25 from noon to 5:00 p.m. in Ingraham Park,

Evanston's Forestry Division Launches "Blue Trees Initiative" to Raise Awareness of Emerald Ash Borer on August 8

The City of Evanston’s Forestry Division is launching a program called the Blue Trees Initiative to raise public awareness

MWRD Seeks Input on Watershed Management Ordinance

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) will be hosting four public meetings to present the draft

Evanston Utilities Department Unveils Mobile Water Station

The Evanston Utilities Department unveiled their new mobile water station at the Fourth of July Parade and the Fountain

High Participation Earns Additional Grant for Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market

Posted in health, leisure, sustainability

The kick-off to the new canning program at the Downtown Evanston Farmers’ Market was such a success that the

State Seeks Input on Illinois Bike Transportation Plan

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and team partners are hard at work on the State's first Bike Transportation

Tree Summit to Save Evanston's Urban Forest Set for June 22

Posted in Sustainability

Evanston's large tree population has been a source of pride for residents for generations. However, maintaining the health of

Celebrate Bike to Work Week 2013 June 8-14

Chicagoland’s Bike to Work Week 2013 is June 8-14. To celebrate biking as a healthy and green way to

New Electricity Supplier Sends Conflicting Letters Regarding Changeover

Verde Energy USA (“Verde”), the City of Evanston’s new electricity supplier, mailed letters to residents and small businesses on

Evanston City Facilities Going Solar with Renewable Energy Certificates in Honor of Green Ball

The City of Evanston is happy to announce that on May 31, 2013 it will “green” 100 percent of

City Has Mailed Residents Letters for Evanston Electric Aggregation Program Participation

The City of Evanston and Verde Energy USA (“Verde”), the city’s current electricity supplier, will be mailing out letters

Free "Discover You Can" Workshops Offered

Posted in Farmers Market, sustainability

New Workshops Will Teach Consumers to “Learn, Make and Share” Home-canned Goods For the 38th year, the Downtown Evanston Farmers’

Evanston Green Ball to Raise Funds for Ecology Center May 31

Posted in ecology center, events, Sustainability

The Evanston Environmental Association has announced that "Jonas Friddle and The Majority" will headline the 2013 Evanston Green Ball, Evanston's

Evanston Outdoor Watering Ban Begins May 15

The City of Evanston reminds residents that an outdoor watering ban exists from May 15 through September 15 during

Water Bottle Filling Stations Coming to Civic Center

This spring, the City of Evanston will retrofit water fountains at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center with Elkay's

Celebrate National Drinking Water Week May 5-12

The City of Evanston will be celebrating National Drinking Water Week May 5-12 and invites the Evanston Community to

Evanston Recognized in Nationwide Commuting Study

Evanston was ranked as one of the top ten cities with the greenest commuting habits in a recent study.

Call for Nominations for 2013 Preservation and Design Awards

The City of Evanston is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Preservation and Design Awards from property owners, architects,

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with the City of Evanston April 27

The City of Evanston annually celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day with activities that support our community’s commitment to

Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 27 at MWRD's Skokie Water Reclamation Plant

On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago and the Drug

Evanston Selects Verde Energy USA as Retail Electricity Supplier

 Verde to Provide Low-cost, 100% Green Power  Installation of Innovative Clean Energy Storage System Expands Verde’s Energy

Evanston Police Department Establishes Prescription Medication Drop Box

The Evanston Police Department and Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation have established a pill disposal and collection program. Evanston

Evanston's Water Lab Receives Perfect Score Again from the State

The City of Evanston’s Water Quality Laboratory announced this week that they received a perfect score in a state

Drive Less, Walk More

City life usually means access to public transportation, urban density and the ability to live without a car. Many

"Local Water, Global Impacts," the 2013 National Drinking Water Week Theme

“Local Water, Global Impacts” is the theme of this year’s National Drinking Water Week (NDWW) in Evanston, which is

YWCA Evanston/North Shore Chosen for Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Competition against Oak Park

 Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program competition to benefit non-profit organizations in Evanston and Oak Park Community participation will determine

Small Business Energy Savings

The City of Evanston is participating in the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Community Challenge with the goal of reducing

Walgreens Sets Goal to Build Nation's First Net Zero Energy Retail Store in Evanston

By utilizing solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal technology, engineers anticipate the new store will produce energy equal to

New "Evanston Life" Magazine Now Online

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Evanston Life! Over the past several years, the Highlights newsletter and the Arts

Sign Up for EnergyBuzz to Save on Your Gas Bill and Get Five Free CFLs

The City of Evanston is participating in the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Community Challenge with the goal of reducing

Mayor's State of the City Address March 8, Registration Still Open

Please join the Evanston Chamber of Commerce on March 8 to hear from the Honorable Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor of

National Drinking Water Week High School Poetry and Art Contests

The City of Evanston is hosting an art contest as part of National Drinking Water Week 2013 (NDWW), which

National Drinking Water Week Photography Contest for 6-8th Graders

The City of Evanston is hosting an art contest as part of National Drinking Water Week 2013 (NDWW), which

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services to Host Open House to Show-off New "Green" Engine Feb. 23

Evanston Fire & Life Safety Services will be hosting an open house to show off its new "green" engine.

Electric Vehicle Rally Rolls into Evanston from Chicago Auto Show

Many future drivers and their parents showed up on Evanston’s lakefront at the start of Presidents’ Day weekend as

America's First Motor Vehicle Race Recreated with Electric Vehicles to Make Stop in Evanston

For the first time in more than 118 years, America’s first Motor Vehicle Race will be recreated with a

Energy Efficiency Challenge Pits Evanston against Oak Park

A local non-profit will win an energy efficiency retrofit, so sign up for an energy efficiency program before April 30

Snowy Roofs Have a Story to Tell About Energy Efficiency

Have you ever looked at rooftops after a snowfall and noticed that some hold the snow and others do

Perkins Woods Update and Volunteer Day Feb. 9

Perkins Woods is located in northwest Evanston at the corner of Grant and Ewing Streets. It is the only Forest

Evanston Receives $580,000 Grant to Rehab the Ladd Arboretum Trail

Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced on January 30 that the City of Evanston was

Evanston Water Highlighted in WBEZ Story on Tap Water

WBEZ radio recently highlighted the City of Evanston’s Water Division in a story on Chicago area tap water. As

City Donates Hundreds of CFLs to Northwestern University Student Group

The City of Evanston recently donated 1,000 Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL) to a sustainability group at Northwestern University. The

Sherman Plaza Garage to Receive Energy Efficient Lighting Makeover with Help of DCEO Funds

The Sherman Plaza Garage, located on the corner of Davis St. and Benson Ave., will be getting a lighting

The Gift Wrapping Dilemma - Think Reduce, Reuse then Recycle

Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year's, it’s estimated that the average American household increases its trash

Evanston Selected to Participate in North American Pilot Sustainability Program

The City of Evanston has been invited to participate in the STAR Community Pilot Program, which will track its

City of Evanston Encourages Residents to Take Metra Survey, Ask for Viaduct Upgrades

Metra is continuing to develop their strategic plan, which will enable them to prioritize their energies and resources. They

"Sustain Evanston" Meeting Set for Nov. 17

The City of Evanston invites community environmental leaders and activists to a "Sustain Evanston – Networking, Planning, and Action

Evanston Named "Bicycle Friendly City"

The City of Evanston was recently named a “Bicycle Friendly Community” at the Silver Award level by the League

Changes in City's Drop-off Recycling Program

Effective immediately, the City of Evanston’s Health Department will no longer be a drop off location for the recycling of

CGE to Host Next Green Drinks Oct. 9, "Getting Our Homes Ready for Winter"

Citizens' Greener Evanston will be hosting its next Green Drinks event on October 9 entitled "Getting Our Homes Ready

CommUNITY Picnic Recycling Project Keeps 300 Binders Out of Landfill

More than 300 three-ring binders were saved from the landfill and found new homes as part of the 2012

Green Arts Show Reflects More Sustainable Ways of Living

Posted in Arts, Noyes Art Gallery

Citizens’ Greener Evanston’s Fourth Annual Green Arts Show promises to be a lively series of events with artwork juried

Green Connections Program Brings Art and Nature to Public Housing Residents

The Cook County Commissioner’s Office hosted a celebration for Perlman and Walchirk Apartments Friday, July 27, 2012, in honor

Evanston Residents, Businesses Begin to Switch Energy Providers

As of mid-August, 25,000 Evanston residential and small business customers, who did not opt out of the Community Choice

City's July Recycling Fair a Success

The City of Evanston’s Public Works department held its annual Recycling Fair and Public Works Equipment Expo at the Evanston

"Building a Sustainable Community" on August 23

Posted in Sustainability

Join us at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center Dance Studio on August 23 for a roundtable program on how to

Citizen-led group seeks input on year-round Farmers' Market

Based on an Evanston150 top-ten idea, the “Market for All Seasons” Task Force has been developing a vision for

Information Session for IFF's Energy Performance Program

Posted in Sustainability

The City of Evanston's Office of Sustainability and the Evanston Community Foundation will jointly host information sessions on the Energy

Share your Thoughts with Metra, Take a Survey

Metra is soliciting input from riders and residents on its mission, vision for the future and projects on which

Evanston Switches Energy Provider, ComEd Notifications Mailed

The City of Evanston’s Electricity Aggregation Program enrolled 24,768 customers with Constellation Energy, which will allow residential and small

Plastic Shopping Bag Collection at Recycling Fair to Benefit Homeless

New this year to the Evanston Recycling Fair and Equipment Expo is the collection of plastic shopping bags. Volunteers from

Trees Need to be Watered During Dry Spells

Please help Evanston stay green! Trees may take 40 to 100 years to mature. Trees that have not been

Outdoor Water Usage Rules and Information

The City of Evanston has an outdoor watering ban that runs from May 15 through September 15 during daytime weekday hours. The

Opt-out of Electricity Aggregation Program Deadline June 25

Monday, June 25 is the deadline for Evanston residents and small businesses to opt-out of the city’s Electricity Aggregation

Mayor, Ald. Rainey Welcome GFS Marketplace to Evanston

On June 19, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Alderman Rainey, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and members of the community

Bike Corral Pilot Project at Evanston Athletic Club

The City of Evanston, in conjunction with the Evanston Athletic Club (EAC), recently unveiled the first pilot bike corral in the

"Evanston Green Drinks" June 12

Thinking About Going Electric? Have you considered buying an electric car? Do you have “range anxiety”? Find out what

Update on Evanston Electricity Aggregation Program

Evanston Saves Residents Money and Helps Achieve Climate Action Goals On April 30, 2012, the Evanston City Council voted

Bike to Work Week 2012 June 9-15

Chicagoland’s Bike to Work Week 2012 is June 9-15. To celebrate biking as a healthy and green way to

Up in the Tufts of a Truffula Tree: An Outdoor Dr. Seuss Spectacular!

Join us for this free family event to celebrate sunshine, nature, and community through some of Dr. Seuss's greatest stories,

Draft Water Efficiency Plan Now Available for Public Comment

The City of Evanston is seeking public input on its draft Water Efficiency Plan document. In 2011, the City of

Top 10 Things to Do this Weekend in Evanston

"Evanston Green Ball" Benefit Friday, May 18 Celebrate going green for a night! All proceeds from this benefit will

City Facilities Go Green with Renewable Energy Certificates in Honor of Green Ball

The City of Evanston is happy to announce that on May 18, 2012 it will “green” 100 percent of its

Evanston to Buy its Own Energy, Save Residents Money and Help Achieve Climate Action Goals

On April 30, 2012, the Evanston City Council voted unanimously to purchase electricity from Constellation Energy, an Alternate Retail Electricity

Community Advisory: City Warns of Electricity Supplier Solicitations

Posted in Alert, Sustainability, Utilities Department

UPDATE: Chicago Tribune article from 5/3/2012 Electrical aggregation: if you switch... The City of Evanston has been informed by

Evanston Police Remind Bicyclists Not to Ride on Sidewalks Downtown

The Evanston Police Department is starting a Spring campaign to make bicyclists aware that riding on sidewalks in the Downtown

Sign Up for CUB Energy Saver for a 1 in 10 Chance to Win a FREE Month of Electricity

In honor of Earth Month, 1 in 10 households who join before June 1st will be will be randomly

Rain Barrel Sales Help Support Ecology Center & Evanston Environmental Association

Posted in Ecology Center, Evanston Environmental Association, Rain Barrels, Sustainability

Residents can now go green, save money on their water bills and support the City of Evanston's Ecology Center and

Water Conservation & Efficiency Plan Public Hearing April 26

Evanston, let's talk about water! The Evanston Water Conservation & Efficiency Plan The City of Evanston has partnered with the

NorthShore HealthSystem & ETHS Take Top Honors in "Big 7 Savers Challenge"

NorthShore University HealthSystem and Evanston Township High School (ETHS) have won the “Big 7 Savers Challenge,” a yearlong energy-efficiency competition

Citizens Utility Board to Reveal Winners of "Big 7 Savers Challenge" Today

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will hold a news conference Wednesday, April 18 to reveal the

Evanston Farmers' Market Season Opens May 5

Posted in Evanston Farmers' Markets

Buying farm-fresh produce and goods will be easy for the next six months, as shoppers can enjoy the bounty of

Evanston Environmental Association to Benefit from Spring Community Day

Posted in Evanston Ecology Center, Evanston Environmental Association

Spring Community Day on Central Street will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012. A portion of the proceeds from

Easy Earth Day Tips!

It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could spew black clouds of toxic into the air

Evanston Leading the Way in Green Solutions to Smog with Installation of Car Charging Stations

Posted in parking, Sustainability

After several months of planning, the City of Evanston announced that it will begin installing electric car charging stations in

Earth Month Activities and Events

On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize

Community Choice Electricity Aggregation Presentation Video Now Available

On April 3, 2012 the City of Evanston hosted the first of three public hearings on their draft Plan of Operation

April is "Evanston CAN Recycle!" Month

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announces that April is “Evanston CAN Recycle!” month. For the sixth year in a row, the City

Evanston's Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Tree Removal Update

Posted in Tree removal and tree planting EAB Emerald Ash Borer

Following the mild winter and unseasonably early spring weather, the Emerald Ash Borer has been spreading at a rapid pace,

Proposed Streetscape Projects Presented to City Council

On Monday, March 26, City staff presented the Evanston City Council plans for streetscape projects on Dodge Ave. at Lake

Ecology Center and EEA Host Green Film Series

The Evanston Ecology Center, in partnership with the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA), is hosting Evanston’s first Green Film Series. The

"In the Works" Public Works Newsletter Now Available Online

The Spring 2012 edition of In the Works is now available online. This newsletter from the City of Evanston's Public

National Drinking Water Week Art Contest, Vote for Your Favorite

The City of Evanston is holding an art contest for 3rd graders in honor of National Drinking Water Week, which

Evanston Celebrates World Water Day and Local Water Activities

International World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of

Electricity Aggregation Referendum Passes; Public Hearings to Discuss Operation and Governance

Through the March 20, 2012 referendum vote, 73% of Evanston voters asked the City of Evanston to work to obtain

City, Community Respond to Veolia Waste Transfer Station Issues

The City of Evanston held a press conference near the Veolia Waste Transfer Station in Evanston on Friday, March 16,

Fix a Leak Week: March 12-18

Fix-a-Leak Week is right around the corner! This year Fix- a-Leak Week is from March 12-18 and the City of Evanston encourages

Evanston Recycles Over 1,200 lbs of Holiday Lights

Posted in Holiday Light Recycling

Although the holiday season has come and gone there is ONE more thing to celebrate! This year, the Evanston community

MasterFreeze Theatre presents "Sleeping Beauties"

Every winter, the Evanston Ecology Center presents an updated version of a classic tale in a MasterFreeze Theatre production. This year, “Sleeping

Eco Corner: Free Climate Change Symposium at NU to be held March 8

For the 3rd consecutive year, Northwestern University is hosting their annual Climate Change Symposium on March 8th at the McCormick

Eco Corner: Calling 3rd Grade Artists - Got Water? Coloring Contest

As part of National Drinking Water Week, the City of Evanston is hosting a coloring contest for 3rd grade students

Eco Corner: Reducing Junk Mail

Junk mail is generally defined as unsolicited mail sent out, usually by direct marketing or direct mail firms, and used

"Chili" Moonnight Hike on March 3

You're invited to gather with friends under a full moon at the Evanston Ecology Center for a night walk through the

City Seeks Input on Water Efficiency, Take the Survey Today

We need your input! The City of Evanston is partnering with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to create a

Beavers Return to North Shore Channel

Staff from the Evanston Ecology Center has “beaver fever!” They recently discovered trees with fresh chewing marks along the bank

City Giving Out Free CFL Light Bulbs in Conjunction with Energy Saver Program

A year ago this month, the City of Evanston was named the winner of the Citizens Utility Board's Energy Saver

Survey on Composting in Evanston

New Life Given to Old Garbage Carts with Compost Pilot Program This summer, the Evanston Public Works Department started the

New I-GO Discount Available with CTA & I-GO Smart Card

Posted in CTA, I-GO, Transportation

Get the Chicago Card Plus I-GO card before February 29th (a $60 savings off the regular fee) and get a

CTA Yellow Line Study Meeting - January 24

Posted in CTA Yellow Line, Transportation


The Quest for Zero Waste Recycling Redefined

How can Evanston reframe the recycling paradigm? What does it mean to be “Zero Waste”? Join Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Keep

2012 Evanston Budget Fee Changes Effective Dates

In order to balance the Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, the Evanston City Council voted to reduce numerous expenses, reduced several

CUB Energy Saver Gives Lucky Evanstonian a Holiday Gift of Free Electricity

Posted in Big 7 Savers Challenge, CUB Energy Saver, Sustainability, Utilities Department

An Evanston resident who in the heat of summer signed up for CUB Energy Saver, a free online service that

Holiday Eco Happenings

Posted in Sustainability

The holiday season is a great time to consider supporting the sustainability of our local economy by looking to local

Green Gifting Winter Workshops

Posted in green gifting holiday

You can create your own eco-friendly gifts this season! Whether it's for a birthday, Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa, you can

Council Moves to Place Community Choice Aggregation on March Ballot

At the Evanston City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 30, 2011, the City Council passed Ordinance 103-O-11 approving the submission of a

Rules for Fall Leaf & Yard Waste Collection

Fall is here and that brings with it leaves. The City of Evanston would like to remind residents of a

New Year Marks Ban on Many Electronics Going to Landfill

Posted in Public Works, Recycling, Sustainability, SWANCC

The City of Evanston, as a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), would like to

ECO Corner: Green Drinks Event to Feature 10,000 Neighbors Campaign

This Tuesday, November 8th, from 7 to 9 pm Evanstonians will meet for the monthly Green Drinks Event at the

Evanston Wins Governor's Sustainability Award

Twenty-five Illinois companies and organizations have been honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future,

City of Evanston Expands Tree Donation Program

The City of Evanston is expanding its tree donation program to provide more opportunities for people to keep Evanston a

Affordable, Convenient and now, Electric - I-Go to Introduce Solar Canopy Charging Stations to Area

Planning for I-Go’s solar canopy and charging stations will be advancing after City Council recently approved the location for two

City of Evanston Receives $792,000 Grant for Dempster St. Traffic Signal Modernization

The City of Evanston has received a $792,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Grant for traffic signal modernization

Eco Corner: Learn How to Save Energy & Money at Home

Learn how to Save Energy and Money at Home Evanston Green Drinks – October 11, 2011 Citizens’ Greener Evanston Community

Eco Corner: Evanston Green Living Festival this Saturday - Get there Early & Get a Free Bike Map!

Evanston’s Green Living Festival is this Saturday, September 24 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Evanston Ecology Center

Mayors Presents CGE with $15,000 Climate Protection Award from U.S. Conference of Mayors

On September 15, 2011 Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl was awarded the 2011 Climate Protection Award. The Climate Protection Award is an initiative

Public Invited to US Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Award Presentation of $10,000

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will be presented with the 2011 U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Award on Thursday, September

Evanston to Mark National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Event at James Park

National Public Lands Day (NPLD), September 24, is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public

Eco Corner: Take the Car Free Day Pledge Today!

Car-Free Day is coming Thursday, September 22nd and now is a great time to plan how you can get involved! In

Evanston Green Living Festival Focuses on Renewable Energy

Posted in Evanston Green Living Festival

From wind turbines to geo-thermal systems to photovoltaics on our rooftops -- alternative, renewable forms of energy are becoming more

Eco Corner: Evanston's own Mayor Tisdahl found out how to save money, help the environment and earn valuable rewards!

Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is proud to announce that she joined the City of Evanston’s Team on the Citizens Utility Board’s

Volunteer Painting Help for Seniors

  To assist our senior residents, Northwestern University is committing volunteers to the City of Evanston for the Northwestern University

Eco Corner: Mystery Revealed - Pizza Box Recycling

A common question often asked about recycling is related to one of the region’s favorite foods – pizza. It is

Free Compost Bins Offered by Evanston Public Works

The fall season is right around the corner and with it comes the annual problem of what to do with the

Eco Corner: Recycling on-the-go in Evanston

You may have noticed a new addition to Evanston’s streets and parks this week. Recycling containers are now placed next

City's Business Districts Go Green, Get New Recycling Bins

The Public Works Department, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants program,

Community Makes Measurable Progress with Evanston Climate Action Plan

Since the Evanston Climate Action Plan was developed in 2008, the City of Evanston has made steady progress to implement

Evanston Winner 2011 Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Award

Evanston, IL Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Houston, TX Mayor Annise Parker have been selected as the nation’s top winners in

City Launches G.R.E.E.N. Program through Federal Grant, Names May Winners

The City of Evanston’s Public Works Department launched the “Get Caught” program this May where the Sanitation Division goes out

Where Would You Want a New CTA Yellow Line Station?

On June 2nd many Evanston residents showed up for the first public meeting on the proposed new CTA Yellow Line

City's Sustainability Office Launches New Web Pages & E-newsletter

The City of Evanston's Office of Sustainability has recently launched new web pages with up-to-date information on a wide-range of

Evanston to Address Environmental Issue of Disposable Carryout Bags at Community Meeting

Posted in Office of Sustainability

The City of Evanston will be holding a community meeting to discuss a proposed ban on disposable carryout bags in

Evanston's Tree Care Branches Out

In addiiton to being designated as a Tree City USA community for the 27th consecutive year, the City of Evanston

Evanston Designated Tree City USA

Evanston Designated Tree City USA Friday, April 30 is Arbor Day in Illinois. In conjunction with Arbor Day, the City

"In the Works" - the newsletter that covers "At Your Disposal" and more!

The Spring 2011 edition of "In the Works" is now available online. The newsletter covers news and updates on yard

CGE Photo Contest 2011

People, Planet and Harmony: a Juried Environmental Themed Photo Contest Evanston based Citizens’ Greener Evanston (CGE), in partnership with the

Evanston's Big 7 Employers Kick-off Challenge to Save Energy

Posted in CUB Energy Saver

The Citizens Utility Board has partnered with Evanston’s Big Seven employers to be part of CUB Energy Saver’s “Big 7 Savers

Notice Regarding City's Battery Recycling Program

Posted in recycling

Battery Recycling Program Limited to Individual Residents Only - Not Institutions The City of Evanston, as a member community of

City Begins Battery Recycling Program

The City of Evanston is happy to announce that, as a member of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern

Big Ten City Managers Group Meets in Evanston to Discuss Sustainability

The City of Evanston hosted the Winter meeting of the Big Ten City Managers group Thursday and Friday this week.

Evanston tops all communities in CUB Energy Saver challenge

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) announced this month that the City of Evanston won the CUB Energy Saver Community Competition

Tips for a Greener Holiday

The holiday season is finally here and we all get wrapped up into our regular routines of shopping, decorating and

New Sustainable Programs Coordinator Appointed

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Hurley as the City’s new Sustainable Programs

Evanston Climate Action Plan Annual Report Now Online

Posted in Climate Action Plan

On November 10,2008, Evanston’s City Council adopted the Evanston Climate Action Plan (ECAP). Created through a unique year-long collaboration between

Fall "Highlights" Now Available

Posted in Highlights

The Fall 2010 edition of "Highlights" will be delivered to residents in the next few days. You can check it

City Kicks off Partnership with CubEnergy

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Citizens Utility Board (CUB) Executive Director David Kolata officially kicked off a partnership August 9, 2010 announcing

Newly Formed Evanston Green Ribbon Committee Tackles Climate Change

Posted in Green Ribbon Committee

Earlier this year, seven of the largest employers in Evanston launched a new initiative to support the city’s efforts to

Eco Corner: Paint Disposal Options

It’s summer. The weather is finally warm enough to tackle all of the home improvement projects you ignored during

Evanston Porchlight Campaign

On Earth Day 2010, the City of Evanston launched a new campaign to promote residential energy efficiency - the

Change the World. Take the ENERGY STAR Pledge!

Posted in energy

Join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ComEd and the City of Evanston in the fight against climate change by taking