Evanston has a longstanding commitment to sustainability, climate action and livability. Since 2006 with the signing onto the US Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement Evanston has achieved a 4-STAR Community Rating, been named WWF’s 2015 U.S. Earth Hour Capital, signed onto the Global Covenant of Mayors, served as a founding member of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA) and is on track to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 20% of 2005 levels.
Programs and Services
Learn more about the most significant programs, projects and services offered by the City relating to sustainability.
- Recycling Do's and Don'ts
- Community Choice Electricity Aggregation
- STAR Communities
- Energy and Water Benchmarking Ordinance
- Trash, Recycling, and Yard Waste Services
- Rain Barrel Program
- EPA Climate Change Website
- Sustainable Infrastructure
- Internship Opportunities
- The Office of Sustainability periodically offers compensated internship opportunities. All internship opportunities are posted on this webpage. If there are no positions posted that means there are currently no opportunities available.
Stay Connected with Sustainability in Evanston
There are a variety of different ways to keep up to date with sustainability related activities in Evanston. Please see below for a few specific ways to keep up to date.
- Greenbuzz is a blog maintained by the City of Evanston that features a directory of sustainability organizations in Evanston, a community calendar of sustainability events, news stories about sustainability in Evanston and more.
- Social Media
- The Office of Sustainability sends out a periodic newsletter with announcements of new programs, achievements and services related to sustainability initiatives in Evanston. Click to sign up.
- Email Address
- If you have a specific question or inquiry you can always call 3-1-1 or email email@example.com.
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|
|2016||Global Compact of Mayors|