Climate change is one of the largest environmental issues facing Evanston, along with the rest of the world. Because of this, Evanston has been pursuing its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 7% from the 1990 levels by 2012.

A Climate for Change

In 2007, the Office of Sustainability was created shortly after the City's Strategic Plan identified environmental sustainability as one of three guiding values for Evanston.

The Evanston Office of Sustainability works with City departments, residents, businesses, regional, state and national partners to develop policies and implement initiatives that strengthen the environmental and economic sustainability of Evanston.

The Office of Sustainability focuses on the seven following areas:


Renewable Energy


Energy Efficiency




Waste Reduction & Recycling


Water Conservation

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Food Cycle

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Land Use & Development



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.