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 which requires large buildings in Evanston to track and report their annual energy and water usage. 

Benchmarking 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.

Report Your Data

Follow the link below to submit your 2019 benchmarking data before the deadline of June 30, 2020. More information on reporting your data can be found by visiting the Report Your Data webpage.
2020 Benchmarking Reporting Link (coming soon)

Ordinance Information

Full Ordinance Text

Workshops and Office Hours (coming soon)

Supporting materials for the Evanston Benchmarking compliance process, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and ComEd Energy Usage Data System. Find information about workshops and training sessions.

Compliance Process

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

Resources and Guidance

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