• Get Recognized

  • How It Works

    Follow these easy steps to become a Sustain Evanston Leader.



    Download the Sustain Evanston Action Checklist and be able to mark off 10 sustainable actions, including the required actions. You can visit the resource page for tips and help.


    Fill Out

    Fill out the online survey where you will indicate which of the 20 actions your business is doing and upload supporting documentation.


    Gain Recognition

    If all requirements are met, your business will be invited to attend a recognition event. Your business will also be promoted online and by displaying the program seal in your store front.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What type of businesses can join?

    We are currently recognizing the following business types. If you do not fall in these categories, but are interested in recognition, please contact us.

    • Office/Retail
    • Restaurants

    How does a business become a Sustain Evanston recognized business and what are the steps?

    Businesses must download the Sustain Evanston checklist and mark off any actions they already doing. They must be doing 10 out of the 20 actions to be recognized. For help in achieving 10 actions, there is a resource sheet with tips and links on the website. Once they have completed 10 actions, they can fill out the survey on the website where they will be asked to check off the completed actions and provide necessary proof. Proof can include anything from a receipt or picture to a memo. City Staff will review submissions and contact the business.


    What is Sustain Evanston?

    Sustain Evanston was created by the City of Evanston to support Evanston businesses and recognize them for their work in sustainability. This program assists the City in reaching its goals in carbon neutrality, renewable electricity, and zero waste as outlined in its Climate Action and Resilience Plan, which can be read at www.cityofevanston.org/climate. The recognition helps businesses who are established environmental leaders or businesses just getting started. Businesses part of the program help protect the environment, save money, and show customers there are measurable actions behind their commitments.


    How much does the program cost?

    The program is free to join.


    How long is the recognition valid?

    To encourage progress, the 2019 checklist provides foundation actions that can be built upon in future years. Re-recognition is available two years after the original recognition and the checklist will have changes to reflect the City's goals. For example, in 2019, it is required to have a 50% recycling diversion rate. In 2021, the recycling diversion rate must be 75%.


    I am having trouble getting started, do you have any tips?

    The checklist may seem overwhelming at first, but we suggest taking it one step at a time. First, mark down all the sustainable actions you are already doing. Next, identify which actions you would like to do. The Resource page can provide helpful tips, links, and ideas on how to do an action. We also recommend organizing a "Green Team" to oversee and document your recognition and ongoing environmental practices. Forming a Green Team can keep your business accountable and help bring new, sustainable ideas into the work place.


    If you have any additional questions, please reach out to sustainability@cityofevanston.org.