CARP implementation must address the environment, say organizers
Evanston Climate Action and Resilience Program plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, so residents organize themselves to address transportation, a key part of CARP that some say is overlooked in city planning.
In 2017, the transport sector alone accounted for 17% of the city’s emissions, according to CARP. However, some measurements are inaccurate as providers such as Chicago Transit Authority cover multiple cities. Accurate emissions figures are needed to fully assess the scope of the change required.
“The first step in taking meaningful action to reduce transport and mobility-related emissions is to develop and implement a comprehensive multimodal transport data collection program that includes kilometers traveled by vehicles,” reads -on in CARP.
Three years after the adoption of CARP by the city council, the data aggregation system has not yet been implemented.
In February, the city celebrated two CARP milestones explicitly related to transportation, according to a city memorandum. According to the document, Evanston has installed new public electric vehicle charging stations and has promised to bring a Tesla supercharger to Evanston in 2021. The city now has eight electric vehicle charging stations.
The report also announced the launch of the zero-emission municipal operations strategy. The plan aims for carbon neutrality by 2035 as part of the city’s internal operations, which includes city-operated fleet vehicles, but not resident-owned or external modes like CTA.
While CARP plans to implement climate change mitigation measures, organizations like Go Evanston are advocating for an approach beyond simple climate change mitigation measures to create a truly accessible and sustainable transportation environment.
“It occurred to us that an effort of education and engagement was needed … to understand the many benefits associated with good walking, cycling and public transit infrastructure, not just from a basic transportation perspective, but from a climate perspective, from an equity perspective. , from a livability perspective, ”said Vickie Barrett Jacobsen, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Go Evanston.
Barrett Jacobsen said ensuring the infrastructure was “transit-oriented” and compliant with the United States Disability Act is a crucial principle of transport development.
Currently, Go Evanston is trying to increase public engagement on three local streets, Barrett Jacobsen said. One project includes the transformation of Chicago Avenue into a “complete street,” meaning that all modes of public transportation – cars, pedestrians, transit and bicycles – provide residents with unlimited possibilities and accessible by ADA.
“Our goal is really to expand the options and level the playing field for these other modes, so that they can be safe and attractive options for all types of people,” said Barrett Jacobsen.
Barrett Jacobsen said Go Evanston wants to increase education and engagement to create a transit-focused climate change solution.
Emmet Ebels-Duggann of Evanston Township High School, Etown Sunrise, said his organization was trying to create climate units in early science programs in local schools.
Ebels-Duggan said the lack of materialization of CARP’s transportation data collection program indicates something is wrong and the city is going off the rails. He believes tackling this involves a massive educational campaign.
“Sometimes (urban transit) will be even faster to cycle, but people just don’t know it,” he said, “or don’t have the infrastructure in place to do this. travel in anything other than a motor vehicle. “
To raise awareness of transportation among other climate solutions, ETown Sunrise will be hosting an event in the coming weeks with Sunrise Northwestern and Sunrise North Shore Chicago. Ebels-Duggan said they would focus on climate policy education with national legislation like the Green New Deal and local like CARP.
He said ETown Sunrise has more plans in the future that resemble the event, including the town hall co-hosted with Evanston Fight for Black Lives.
From CARP to Go Evanston to ETown Sunrise, community members are advocating for change within today’s transportation networks. Whether it’s installing electric vehicle charging stations, increasing the accessibility of public transportation, and educating the community, these organizations all offer solutions to the same future transit-focused question. : how will we get there?
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