CGE Programs

Climate Change

  • Support the development and implementation of the Evanston Climate Action and Resilience Plan.
  • Work to reduce Evanston’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmental Justice

  • Foster awareness and promote action on environmental justice issues within the City of Evanston.
  • Work to ensure that no neighborhood or residential area in Evanston bears a disproportionate burden of environmental nuisances, hazards and risks.
  • Work to ensure that environmental assets are fairly distributed across the community and that they have desirable features that support health, well-being, and a sense of community.


  • Promote Evanston’s electricity aggregation plan while working toward a long-term solution to make renewable energy available to all Evanston electricity customers (residential and business).
  • Advocate for City policies which encourage local renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Promote local solar installations and community solar.
  • Work to improve energy efficiency of all Evanston buildings.


  • Make public transportation more accessible and appealing to Evanston residents.
  • Make Evanston a safer place for walking and bicycling to increase active transportation.
  • Advocate for City policies and infrastructure investments which help achieve these goals.

Natural Habitat Evanston

  • Create, restore and conserve habitat that migratory birds and pollinators need to thrive.
  • Encourage public and private policies that enhance habitat.
  • Educate the community regarding the needs and value of birds, pollinators, wildlife, and our natural heritage, including by certifying Evanston as a National Wildlife Federation community habitat.
  • Create habitat corridors that cross into our neighboring communities.

Edible Evanston

  • Create a sense of community around sustainable local food production by creating urban farms, community gardens, greenhouses, and composting sites.
  • Create opportunities for food sharing among residents.
  • Provide educational opportunities for Evanston residents to expand their knowledge of nutrition, growing food, composting, and food waste management.
  • Incorporate a long-term commitment to development and preservation of open green spaces in the urban environment.

Water (Watershed Collective)

  • Protect our watershed and aquatic ecosystem.
  • Keep our drinking water safe and public.
  • Promote infrastructure investments that mitigate pollution and urban flooding.
  • Provide educational opportunities for Evanston residents to expand their awareness of Lake Michigan.
  • Promote water conservation practices.

Waste (Beyond Waste Evanston)

Beyond Waste Evanston’s main goal is to support residents, business and institutions in understanding and implementing the 5 R’s Hierarchy: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle.