The City of Evanston is committed to fighting and preparing for the impacts of climate change. This webpage contains information relevant to the City's work in fighting and preparing for climate change including a history of significant actions and milestones by the City.
Mayor's Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP)
In late 2018, the Evanston City Council approved the Climate Action and Resilience Plan, which calls for carbon neutrality by 2050, zero waste by 2050 and 100% renewable electricity by 2030 among other goals. The plan was developed by a 17-member working group appointed by Mayor Stephen Hagerty. The plan identifies critical actions that need to be taken in order for Evanston to play its part in avoiding cataclysmic climate change as well as identifies key strategies in ensuring Evanston is prepared to deal with those climate hazards. The full plan can be found below.
Implementation began in March, 2019 when City staff presented an implementation strategy to the City's Human Services Committee . This strategy focuses on administrative and operational actions that City staff and community partners can begin working on that do not necessarily require City Council approval. In June 2019, City staff began seeking feedback on how to move forward with developing ordinances and resolutions recommended within CARP. Staff created a draft Policy Package and Engagement Approach to guide this process. Staff will present those documents to Human Services in August 2019. Draft versions which have been shared with the Environment Board, Equity and Empowerment Commission and the Utilities Commission are included below. For a current list of programs and projects visit the City's Sustainability homepage.
Evanston Specific Climate Hazards and Impacts
Climate Hazard: An extreme climate event or condition that can harm human health, livelihoods, or natural resources. It can include abrupt changes to the climate system such as extreme precipitation, storms, droughts, and heat waves.
Climate Impact: The way that human, natural and built systems and infrastructure experience a climate change related phenomena or event. Climate Impacts include flooding infrastructure, decreased air quality and death/disease of native vegetation.
Large Employer Climate Commitments
In order to successfully implement a plan of this scale and ambition the City worked with many large employers to secure letters of commitment. The following organizations submitted formal letter of commitment indicating what they would do to help achieve goals within the plan: Evanston Community Foundation, Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Township High School District 202, Northwestern University, Northshore University Health System, Presence St. Francis Hospital, Presbyterian Homes and Rotary International.
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On April 29, 2017, the Trump administration removed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change website from the internet. In an effort to preserve this research and public information the City of Evanston joined other municipalities in linking to a replicated version of the website. Community members can access this information by visiting: cityofevanston.org/