March 24, 2017

FAQ: The Environment and Sustainability

What are your thoughts on sustainability and the environment?

As I was taught and always believed, we must “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.” As climate-change deniers and polluters gain more influence in Washington due to the change in Administrations, localities like Evanston need to take even more of a leadership role. As I’ve said in public forums repeatedly, we can’t embrace ‘Alternative Facts.’ One of the truths of this day and age is the impact humans are having on the environment, and we need to be good stewards of our earth for the generations to follow.

Due to the grassroots work of so many environmentalists in Evanston, who asked themselves, “What can we do from where we stand to address climate change?” Evanston has become a leader in terms of what a community can do to do become more sustainable. Our efforts to develop, implement, and exceed targets set in our climate action plan are a testament to the power of problem solving, effective organization, and political persuasion. I want to see us continue to be leaders in environmental stewardship.

Specifically, Alderman Revelle and I will work with others to negotiate a new aggregation contract that retains 100% green power. Together, we will do our part for the planet by setting a new climate action goal, committing to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 27%. I’m invested in preserving our lakefront. As Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Harley Clarke mansion, at each meeting, in bold at the top of the agenda, I would emphasize how important it was that the beach and dunes remain a public asset. I believe our lakefront and the natural habits surrounding it are integral to maintaining Evanston’s legacy of sustainability.

As part of the recent Citizens for a Greener Evanston forum, I completed an environmental survey that can be found by clicking here. I care deeply about the environment and plan to work closely with Citizens Greener Evanston and others to continue to make sure we remain a leader in the country in terms of environmental stewardship. I am particularly proud to have the support of some of our community’s most active and committed environmental leaders like Bill and Alderman Eleanor Revelle and Dick Peach.