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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

Thank you to all the organizations that submitted grant applications. We are currently reviewing applications and will make award announcements in early September, 2019.

Opportunities and Internship Program 

The Office of Sustainability currently does not have any position openings. Thank you for your interest. Those who recently submitted applications for our fall internship position will be notified of next steps in mid/late September.

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 page.

Climate Action and Resilience Plan (pdf)