CGE at work
- Partnered with the City to draft the Evanston Climate Action Plan (ECAP), a blueprint for reducing the community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 13 percent by 2012. The ECAP was approved unanimously by the City Council in November 2008.
- Played a lead role in securing voter approval of the Community Choice Electricity Aggregation referendum (March 2012) and in encouraging the City Council to choose an electricity supplier providing 100 percent renewable energy. Thanks to the aggregation contract for green power, Evanston will achieve the emissions-reduction goal set in the ECAP by mid-2013.
- Established the Evanston Climate Action Fund to receive contributions from Evanstonians wishing to compensate for their GHG emissions. The Fund supports emissions-reduction projects benefitting local nonprofits. A first set of grants in spring 2010 supported lighting upgrades for five nonprofits. More recently, the Fund has helped several nonprofits pay for the energy audits needed to qualify for a comprehensive energy upgrade program. The Fund is maintained by the Evanston Community Foundation. To learn more, visit www.evanstonforever.org/community/climateaction.html
- Received a $15,000 donation from Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, the amount of the Climate Protection Award sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Walmart and given in recognition of the progress Evanston has made in reducing its GHG emissions. (September 2011)
- Initiated discussion with Evanston's state legislators that led to the creation of the Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Energy Advisory Council, charged with evaluating issues related to offshore wind energy projects in the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan. Two members of CGE’s board of directors were appointed to the Council. (2011)
- Continued working with Evanston's state legislators to advance the recommendations of the Advisory Council. This moved forward with passage of the Lake Michigan Wind Energy Act that calls for a study to determine the best locations for wind energy projects in the lake. (June 2013)
- Awarded two generous grants from the Civil Society Institute -- to support an education campaign to inform Evanston citizens about the benefits of offshore wind energy, to fund a survey of opinions and perceptions regarding offshore wind development, and to promote energy efficiency and other sustainable practices in the community.
- Sponsors a monthly learning and networking event—Green Drinks—featuring a panel presentation on a topic of sustainability, followed by Q&A and discussion with the audience. For details about the next program, visit greendrinksevanston.wordpress.com
City of Evanston
Office of Sustainability
Climate Action Fund
Northwestern University (ISEN)
Evanston Round Table
Trib Local Evanston