About Citizens’ Greener Evanston
Citizens’ Greener Evanston works to make Evanston a more environmentally just, sustainable, and resilient community.
In October 2006, the Evanston City Council voted unanimously to sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, thereby pledging to achieve the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions-reduction target set in the Kyoto Protocol. For Evanston, this translated into a goal to reduce emissions 13 percent (relative to a 2005 baseline) by 2012. The agreement had been championed by several sustainability groups known collectively as the Network for Evanston’s Future. The Network then recruited community volunteers to work with City staff to develop a plan of action to meet the emissions-reduction goal.
The resulting Evanston Climate Action Plan (ECAP) was presented to the community in May 2008 at a gathering of over 300 enthusiastic Evanstonians—and was unanimously accepted by the City Council that November. The volunteers who had worked on the plan then formed an organization—Citizens’ Greener Evanston—to help implement it.
As one of its first major initiatives, CGE played a lead role in securing voter approval of the Community Choice Aggregation referendum in March 2012 and in encouraging the City Council to contract for 100 percent renewable electricity for aggregation participants. Thanks chiefly to the shift to green power for residents and small businesses, Evanston reached its 13 percent emissions-reduction goal in summer 2013.
Recognizing that much more remains to be done, CGE worked with the City’s Sustainable Programs Coordinator to develop a next climate action goal—a 20 percent reduction in emissions by 2016—and a plan to achieve it. The City Council unanimously approved the 20%-by-2016 goal and the Livability Plan in May 2014. Evanston has now exceeded that goal and CGE continues to work with the City as it develops and implements its next Climate Action Plan.
Natural Habitat Evanston
CGE Board of Directors
(Including four board members with roles on the CGE Executive Committee)
Lauren Marquez Viso, Vice President
Jonathan Nieuwsma, President
Ken Olden, Treasurer
Chuck Wasserburg, Secretary