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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), received certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the NWF, and is on track to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 2005 levels.

CARP Mini-Grants

The Office of Sustainability through the Good Neighbor Fund is providing $8,000 toward a CARP Mini-Grant Program. The grant will support the implementation of pilot projects recommended by the Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) that align with zero waste or environmental justice principles. Eligible organizations, businesses, and schools can apply for up to $1,000. For more information, view the CARP Mini-Grants Instruction PDF. The application is due on August 12, 2019.

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Opportunities and Internship Program 

The Office of Sustainability currently has one position opening. The City is hiring, in partnership with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Green Region Corps and Serve Illinois, a full-time AmeriCorps Sustainability Fellow. Applicants must apply through the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and indicate they are interested in the position located in Evanston. There are over 10 sustainability related positions in the region and Evanston is excited to participate in this partnership.  Applications due August 25. Apply here: AmeriCorps Program Application. The position will begin in the fall of 2019 and end in late summer 2020, after 1720 hours of service are completed.

Evanston AmeriCorps Sustainability Fellow - Position Description

Programs and Services

Learn more about the most significant programs, projects and services offered by the City relating to sustainability. Sign up for the Sustainability newsletter for occasional email updates.

Energy and Water

Waste, Recycling, and Compost

Buildings and Infrastructure

Urban Environment

City Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP)

In 2018, the Evanston City Council formally adopted the Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) which, among other things, establishes a community carbon neutrality goal, a zero waste goal and a 100% renewable electricity goal. The full plan can be found below. Information about the planning process, implementation and next steps can be found at our Climate Change in Evanston page.

Climate Action and Resilience Plan (pdf)