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Aiming to establish a roadmap to achieve ambitious climate action goals, the City of Evanston is asking the community to provide input on a draft of its next climate action plan.

The City’s draft Climate Action and Resilience Plan, available online, specifies actions the city and its community partners will take to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 while improving Evanston’s resilience to climate change. 

A year ago, Mayor Hagerty established a Climate Action and Resilience Plan Working Group to develop the plan and help the city meet its emissions reduction commitments to the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy initiative, the Chicago Climate Charter and the We Are Still In coalition, among others.

Over the last year, the group has drafted the plan with input from residents and local organizations. 

A public comment form will be available online through Friday, Sept. 28

 Feedback can also be provided in-person at any of five upcoming public events:

  • Evanston Streets Alive!, Sunday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Main Street and Ridge Avenue
  • Environment Board Public Comment Forum, Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Morton Civic Center (Room 2404), 2100 Ridge Ave.
  • Mayor’s Climate Action and Resilience Plan Forum, Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. (RSVP online.)
  • CGE Green Drinks, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Celtic Knot, 626 Church St.
  • 7th Ward Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

In addition to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, other plan goals include achieving 100 percent renewable electricity for all Evanston properties by 2035, and achieving communitywide zero-waste by 2050.

After incorporating community input, the final version of the Climate Action and Resilience Plan will be presented to the Evanston City Council by the end of the year. 

For questions regarding the plan, process or events, email sustainability@cityofevanston.org.

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