Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty is seeking members for a new Climate Action and Resilience Plan Working Group to guide the city’s next steps in the fight against climate change.

Community members with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds are encouraged to apply by Friday, Sept. 8, to serve on the working group, which will update the city’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory and assess climate change vulnerabilities and risks in Evanston.

The mayor will appoint 15 members from the pool of applicants. More information and the application form are available online.

“Evanston has made tremendous strides in the fight against climate change over the last decade by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and committing to 100 percent renewable energy, but it’s just the beginning,” Hagerty said. “We need to work together as a community to ensure that our city is more resilient to the effects of climate change long-term, while continuing to do our part locally to protect the planet.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Dear Mayor
    Dear Mayor,

    Wouldn’t you agree that Evanston would generally benefit from warmer climate? Why do we need to fight it then?

    1. Warmer climate impact on Evanston

      Hi X.M.,

      Interesting new study says Cook County, Illinois, stands to lose 1.9 percent of its gross domestic product as a result of climate warming by the end of the century.

      The county-by-county data suggests the impact will be far more severe further south — for instance, an 11.3 percent loss in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

      It does suggest that some counties further north than we are will see some benefits — Aroostook County on the Canadian border in Maine, for example, is forecast to see a 6.7 percent gain in its GDP.

      — Bill

    2. Take care of local things that we can control!

      Let’s stop looking at global issues. Why not put a task force to make real changes in our town? If our elected officials have extra time to meet about things, why not try and make our streets safer. Spend time trying to cut spending instead of raising taxes. Fixing our streets. We can’t even figure out how to make our parking meters work right. We have elected officials that want to drive people away from our local businesses by raising parking fees for non-Evanston residents. Stop the “feel good” stuff and help local people solve local problems!

  2. What happened to the windmills ?

    Recall how  the Council wanted to put windmills in the lake a few years ago ?

    Like so many things, they hoped to get votes from conservationists who would think they were ‘green’ even after the proposal went into the wastebasket and hope those opposed would forget they ever  proposed it.

    I.e. Lots of talk, no actiion on issue after issue.

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