The Real Story on Green Building for Retail

On Mon., Feb. 14, in support of an amendment to weaken Evanston's Green Building Ordinance, the thrust from the City side was that LEED certification is inappropriate and/or too arduous for retail buildings and in particular for smaller stores. Leaving aside the serious process concerns over inclusion and transparency that the rollout of this proposed law change has raised, the erroneous premise requires correction. Green building for retail at the Silver LEED or better level is not only feasible, and economically sound, but is already happening in many communities where public and private actors are sincerely committed to the sustainability necessary for our future.

City's new emergency alert system

There is a Snow Route Parking Ban beginning tonight at 11 pm through tomorrow at 6am on main thoroughfares designated with permanent red, white and blue signs.  The Snow Parking Ban will also be in effect on Wednesday February 2nd and Thursday February 3rd. Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. tonight.
Additionally, a Snow Emergency has been declared between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for Thursday February 3rd and Friday February 4th 2011. Snow Emergencies apply to streets with parking on both sides which are not posted as Snow Routes.

New emergency notification system

The City of Evanston will begin using a new emergency notification system on February 1, 2011. This service allows you to sign up to get emergency alerts on your cell phone, work phone, text message, e-mail, home phone, and more.

Snow parking regulations

Residents are reminded that they should not leave their vehicles parked on the street during winter storms, as it makes snowplowing more difficult and leaves large amounts of snow on the roadway. Click here to see the City of Evanston’s snow parking regulations.

Preparation Tips

The city offers the following tips to stay safe during inclement winter weather:

Snow removal

Homeowners and building landlords are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property within 24 hours after a 4″snowfall. Landlords are also responsible for clearing parking lots within 24 hours after a 4″ snowfall.


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