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Evanston Named 2015 Fund Earth Hour City Capital by World Wildlife Fund


Evanston was selected as the WWF’s 2015 U.S. Earth Hour City Capital by an 11-member jury composed of renowned leaders in urban sustainability. The panel noted Evanston’s impressive commitment and demonstrable progress toward fighting climate change. This year, Evanston is a finalist again, competing against Boulder, Colorado and Burlington, Vermont. Learn more.

Evanston Releases 2016 Community Solid Waste Survey Data

From early July through early August, 2016, the City of Evanston issued the “Community Solid Waste Survey 2016” to solicit feedback from community members on their existing solid waste service and to gauge public interest in next generation solid waste programs and initiatives. The below report provides a summary of some of the responses to the survey. This is not an exhaustive analysis of each question but a broader report on the survey as a whole and some of the key takeaways.

If you are interested in reviewing the full results from the survey, the City has published a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet version of the responses to the survey which can be found below.

2016 Community Solid Waste Survey Report

Responses from Community Solid Waste Survey

Annual Report


The Office of Sustainability has released the annual sustainability report for 2015 which can be found here.



Think Outside the Bag


Starting August 1, 2015 the Evanston shopping bag ordinance goes into effect. More information can be found here.



Evanston Climate Action Timeline

STAR Communities

In line with Evanston's tradition of leadership and goal to be the Most Livable City in America, the City is one of the first 30 communities nationwide to evaluate community sustainablity based on the STAR framework which assesses a communities ability to provide for the health and wellbeing of people, a strong local economy, environmental stewardship.

Green Ribbon Committee

The Green Ribbon Committee is comprised of the seven largest employers in Evanston and is  dedicated to ongoing collaboration in an attempt to advance strategies outlined in ECAP.


  • Community Resources - This section holds all the resources for any of the 6 areas of interest that we have made available to residents.

Community Participation

The best way that Evanston can become a more sustainable city is through community participation. You are encouraged to contact the Office of Sustainability at with any comments or questions regarding current initiatives as well as suggestions on future projects that we should explore.