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The City of Evanston today announced its support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, a critical measure that will protect the safety and economic security of local communities across the United States facing the rising impacts of climate change.
Evanston joins more than 50 other cities and counties from across the nation in signing an amicus brief supporting the measure. The amicus brief was authored by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, and filed in federal court on Friday, April 1.
Evanston is already taking local action against climate change. In January, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced her participation in the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, making their communities more resilient to climate change, and regularly reporting their progress publicly.
In 2013, Evanston became one of only a handful of communities in the nation to achieve its climate action plan commitment to the US Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, reducing emissions by 13 percent relative to 2005 baseline levels. This year, Evanston is on pace to reduce emissions by 20 percent relative to 2005 baseline levels.