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Benchmarking Ordinance

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In Evanston, 80% of greenhouse gas emissions come from existing buildings. In order for Evanston to meet the goals outlined in the Climate Action and Resilience Plan (CARP) existing buildings need to make significant reductions in their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In December, 2016 the Evanston City Council voted to approve the energy and water benchmarking ordinance (33-O-16) which requires large buildings in Evanston to track and report their annual energy and water usage. 

Report Your Data (Ordinance Compliance)

The ordinance requires that covered buildings report their data to the City on an annual basis, by June 30 of each year. The next deadline is June 30, 2020.  Follow the link below to submit your 2019 benchmarking data before the deadline of June 30, 2020. 


Compliance Process

  1. Step 1 - Benchmark Your Property
  2. Step 2 - Verify Your Data
  3. Step 3 - Report Your Data

Resources and Guidance

Publicly Disclosed Data from Past Years

Each year the City discloses the data reported from the previous year on the City's Open Data Portal. The 2018 calendar year data for Type I and Type II Buildings is now available here: Evanston Energy and Water Benchmarking - 2018 Data Reported in 2019.

Ordinance Background

Learn more about the community engagement and political process involved in developing the ordinance that took place in 2015 and 2016.

Ordinance Background