Please help ensure that Evanston maintains its environmental commitments by signing the following petition to the Evanston City Council, which will be published in the Evanston Roundtable in June.
Evanston can be justly proud of its contribution to ending Climate Change. We have adopted two Climate Action Plans, in 2008 and 2014, and have reduced our carbon footprint by 837,000 tons–almost 20%–since 2005. A train carrying that much coal would be 45 miles long!
More than half of these savings come from one initiative, Electricity Aggregation. After approval by a referendum, the City of Evanston has negotiated the purchase of 100% Green Electricity for all participating Evanston residences and small businesses. Anyone can opt out of the program, but fully two thirds of Evanston residents are participating
In addition to reducing our contribution to Climate Change, aggregation has saved the average Evanston household money over time compared to ComEd since its inception in 2012 – a win-win for households and for the planet.
On June 28th the Evanston City Council will approve the next electricity aggregation contract. We don’t know yet how the cost will compare to ComEd. But we do know that only 100% Green Power can keep Evanston on its track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We, the undersigned, urge the Evanston City Council to again approve a 100% Green Power contract to maintain its emissions reductions and position us to reduce them even further in the coming years.
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