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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 sustainability based on the STAR framework, which assesses a community's ability to provide for the health and well-being of people, a strong local economy and environmental stewardship.

Intern Program

The City of Evanston Office of Sustainability has closed the application period for its summer internship program. Fall internship opportunities will be posted in mid-August.

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

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

EHCC_small.jpgEvanston 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. 


Annual Report


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


Evanston Climate Action Timeline

 2006 US Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement
 2007 GHG emission inventory revealing a need for 13% reduction in emissions by 2012
 2008 Evanston Climate Action Plan (ECAP) unanimously accepted by City Council
 2009 Year One Evanston Climate Action Plan Update
 2010 Update of Community GHG Emissions Inventory
 2012 Evanston Climate Action Plan Update 2012
Four-year ECAP Update Report
Evanston Livability Plan, updated goal and framework for climate action work, 20% reduction by 2016
 2015 Annual Report
 2016 Global Compact of Mayors

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 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 sustainability@cityofevanston.org with any comments or questions regarding current initiatives as well as suggestions on future projects that we should explore.