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Evanston received honorable mention in the 2010 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards, a program sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wal-Mart, Inc.

“This is a great honor for the residents of Evanston to receive recognition for their efforts and reaffirms our commitment as a community working collaboratively to guarantee a cleaner, greener and healthier environment for future generations,” said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.

In 2006, the Evanston City Council adopted a strategic plan that included a commitment to sustainable practices and infrastructure as key goals. Later that year, the Council voted unanimously to sign the U. S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, an initiative launched in 2005 that invites cities to meet or beat the targets of the 2005 Kyoto Protocol: to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

The City embarked on a collaborative partnership with the Network for Evanston’s Future, which has engendered several additional groups or “networks” focusing on various aspects of sustainable living. In 2008, the City Council adopted the Evanston Climate Action Plan (ECAP), which is organized into nine focus areas and outlines more than 200 strategies for reducing Evanston’s GHG emissions.