• To be eligible for recognition for the 2021 Sustain Evanston program, businesses must...

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    Download the appropriate document below, which contains the sustainable actions each business type must complete along with resources, helpful links, and a description of the necessary documentation. For questions or to request a site visit, please contact sustainability@cityofevanston.org

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    Fill Out

    Fill out the online submission form below, indicating which 10 actions have been completed and uploading supporting documentation. After approval by the City, the business will be recognized as a Sustain Evanston business.

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    Get Recognized

    After recognition, receive a program window decal, $350, and a communications toolkit to spread the word on the business's new sustainable measures!

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    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.


    What type of businesses can join?

    For the 2021 recognition period, we recognize the following business types. For future recognition periods, we are interested in expanding to more sectors. If you have any interest or feedback for a program that would fit your business, please contact us.

    • Office/Retail
    • Restaurant
    • Healthcare
    • Landscaping
    • Spa/Beauty/Wellness


    How much does the program cost?

    The program is free to join. Recognized businesses receive $350 to help offset costs needed to make changes.


    Composting can be expensive, how can I reduce costs?

    Collective Resource Compost (CRC), the City's commercial composting hauler, has a number of composting options, including weekly pick-up, biweekly pick-up, and drop-off locations. For businesses with a very low amount of compostable material, utilizing a drop-off location (like the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse), which charges a flat rate for a 5-gallon bucket of compost, could be a great option. Additionally, CRC offers discounts for any businesses that have already been composting for a year or that share an alley/block with other businesses interested in composting.


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