Evanston has been recognized as an official “Green Power Community” (GPC) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Residents, businesses and the City collectively use more than 228 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green electricity annually, making up 30.3% of Evanston’s total electricity usage. That far exceeds the 3% minimum green power use requirement set forth by the EPA to earn GPC recognition.

According to the EPA, Evanston’s green power use of more than 228 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 33,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 14,000 average American homes annually.

“Evanston has always been a leader in protecting the environment and supporting sustainable living,” said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “Earning the EPA’s Green Power Community designation is truly a test-ament to the collective efforts of our residents, businesses and staff, and is another step forward in achieving the City’s emissions-reduction goals.”

Evanston residents and small businesses purchase 130 million kWh of green power annually through the City’s Community Choice Aggregation program. In April, the City Council approved a three-year contract with Homefield Energy, providing participating residents and small business with 100% renewable energy.

“Citizens’ Greener Evanston is thrilled at the progress the Evanston community has shown in meeting more and more of its electricity needs with green power,” said Citizens’ Greener Evanston President Eleanor Revelle. “It’s given us a real head start towards our next climate goal of reducing Evanston’s carbon emissions
20 percent by 2016.”

EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The partnership currently has more than 1,300 partner organizations voluntarily using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500 companies, small and medium sized businesses, local, state and federal governments and colleges and universities.