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The City of Evanston’s Office of Sustainability announced today that area businesses have received an extension to sign up for ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business (SIYB) program. The new deadline has been extended from Jan. 31 to Feb. 28. The City highly encourages businesses to take advantage of this program.

As a participant in the ComEd Community Energy Challenge (CEC), $350,000 in SIYB program incentives was set aside for Evanston businesses exclusively. If the reserved funding is not spent, the funds will be returned and reallocated to projects on ComEd’s waiting list. The reserved dollars for the 2009 program year ensure that Evanston businesses will be able to participate in this beneficial program to “go green and save green.”

Now in its second year, the ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business program offers prescriptive and custom incentives to facilitate the implementation of cost effective energy efficiency improvements for non-residential (commercial and industrial) customers.

If a business has a project that meets the ComEd Smart Ideas for Your Business criteria and would like to apply for Evanston’s reserved program allotment through the CEC, contact Carolyn Collopy, Sustainable Programs Coordinator for the City of Evanston, at or 847/448-8069.