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.
Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) Coordination Meeting
The City of Evanston Office of Sustainability invited sustainability, environmentally and climate oriented organizations to participate in the first CARP Coordination Meeting on Wednesday, November 6th. It was a huge success and it is highly encouraged that anyone who could not attend this first meeting try to come out to the next one. Click here to see the PowerPoint slides presented at the meeting and for any specific questions be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Next CARP Coordination Meeting has been set for January but no specific date has been finalized. Be sure to check this page and our Twitter account @GreenEvanston for future updates.
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.
In 2019, the City and community members and partners began implementing many of CARP's over 140 actions. In order to focus community and staff resources the Human Services Committee directed City staff to break down policies in specific policy packages (detailed packet here). Those Policy Packages include Waste, Buildings and Municipal Operations. The first package that the City will focus on will be waste related policies in CARP. The City, with support from the Environment Board and community organizations, is now holding workshops and attending events to help community members better understand what specific policies are being proposed. Please see the City Calendar for a list of workshops, they will be taking place throughout November, 2019. If you are unable to attend a workshop you may provide feedback on the policies below.
Provide Feedback on CARP Policies
In order to help the City best understand how to effectively develop and implement these policies we are asking for your feedback. Please fill out the CARP Zero Waste Policies Feedback Form.
If you have questions or concerns related to the above information please call 3-1-1 or email email@example.com.
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.
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/