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Evanston Climate Action Next Steps

Mayor Stephen Hagerty is inviting community members to participate in a new Climate Action and Resilience Plan Working Group to guide the City’s next steps in the fight against climate change.

Apply for the Climate Action and Resilience Plan Working Group by Friday, September 8 by 5 p.m.

In developing the next Evanston Climate Action Plan, the City will rely on the framework committed to by former Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, The Global Covenant of Mayors. The Covenant is an international standardized framework for communities to track and report their greenhouse gas emissions, conduct vulnerability assessments, create plans of action to reduce emissions and create strategies for adaptation to climate impacts. The City of Evanston will use this framework, described below, to develop the next generation climate action approach.

Working Group Commitment, Structure and Application

Applicants to the Working Group can expect the following level of commitment if appointed by the Mayor to serve on the group.

Group Objective
  • Create a single plan that addresses climate action, adaptation and resiliency, approved by the Evanston City Council prior to the end of 2018.

Member Commitment
  • One 2-hour meeting once per month

  • 2-4 hours of additional work a month

  • Active member participation from September 2017 to September 2018

Working Group Leadership
  • Working Group members shall be appointed by the Mayor

  • A Chair or Co-Chairs shall appointed by the Mayor

  • Staff Support will be provided to the group by the Office of Sustainability and City Manager’s Office

Working Group Deliverables
  • 5-year climate action and resilience plan

  • Updated greenhouse gas emissions inventory

  • Climate risk and vulnerability assessment

  • Identification of community goals and targets including, reaching 100% renewable energy, 28% communitywide reduction in emissions, and others established by the Working Group

Working Group Strategy and Timeline



Responsible Party

Community Planning Kick-off

September 23, 2017

City Staff

Update Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

October 1, 2017

City Staff

Complete a community-wide Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment

February 1, 2018

Working Group & City Staff

Establish Emissions and Vulnerability Reduction Targets

March 1, 2018

Working Group & City Staff

Climate Action and Resilience Plan Draft Complete

June 1, 2018

Working Group & City Staff

Climate Action and Resilience Plan Submitted to City Council

September, 2018

Working Group & City Staff



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EPA Climate Change Website

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:

Evanston's Climate Action Timeline

 Year  Accomplishment
2006 Signing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
2008 Adoption of the Evanston Climate Action Plan (ECAP)
2009 Evanston Climate Action Plan Year 1 Report 2008 - 2009
2010 Update of Community GHG Emissions Inventory
2011 Evanston Climate Action Plan Update 2011
Four-year ECAP Final Report  2012
2014 Adoption of the Evanston Livability Plan
2015 Named 2015 Earth Hour U.S. Capital by World Wildlife Fund
2016 Former Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl Signed the Global Covenant of Mayors
 Livability Plan Final Report 2017
 Mayor Steve Hagerty Joined the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy
 Mayor Steve Hagerty Commits to Climate Paris Accord Emissions Reductions

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