Evanston aldermen will take another look tonight at a proposal to require that new and renovated commercial buildings in the city meet green building standards.

The proposal from the city’s Environmental Board ran into criticism on several fronts when it was first presented to the City Council’s Human Services Committee in July. Aldermen asked the environmental activists to work with the city’s sustainability coordinator, Carolyn Collopy, to address the concerns raised.

Those issues included how the proposal would fit in with the city’s proposed downtown plan which would offer bonuses for adopting green standards, the severity of penalty provisions in the ordinance and how small-scale projects should be dealt with.

The committee is also scheduled to get a report from the Recreation and Playground Board about the city’s indoor recreation needs and the future of the Robert Crown Center.

It’s also expected to discuss how to enforce the city’s indoor clean air act to deal with infiltration of cigarette smoke from one unit to another in multi-family buildings and to receive an update on the process for citizen review of police complaints.

The committee meets at 7 p.m. in Room 2402 of the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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