Geneva recognized as an Ev Ready Community

The City of Geneva is one of 12 Chicago area communities to recently complete the EV Readiness Program that was created to prepare local governments to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and ComEd awarded Geneva the bronze-level designation under the program, which helped municipalities take steps to develop permitting for EV charging infrastructure and implement plans that engage residents to ensure a safe integration of zero-emission vehicles. Geneva was recognized with the first class of communities at a Dec. 7 event held at PowerFoward DuPage in Warrenville.

Geneva earned the EV Readiness achievement by updating zoning codes to support new charging infrastructure, providing clear guidelines about EV charging station permitting, aligning the permitting and inspection processes with state and national standards, and training first responders on incidents involving electric vehicles.

The city also created online EV resources to educate residents and businesses.

"Urban or rural, big or small - diverse communities are demonstrating that they have what it takes to be EV ready," said Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, who also is the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Executive Board Chairman and Environment Committee/Energy Subcommittee Chairman. "Working in partnership with ComEd, the EV Readiness Program is guiding municipalities to craft smart and effective local policies that will promote seamless and equitable integration across our region."

The EV Readiness designation is another accomplishment in Geneva's commitment toward environmental stewardship.

In 2022, the city was named a bronze-level SolSmart community for encouraging the growth of solar energy.

In addition to working with the SolSmart program, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus has led the Greenest Region Compact, which is the largest regional sustainability collaborative for municipalities in the country. Geneva is a member of the Compact, and the city also has passed a resolution supporting the Chicago region's Climate Action Plan.

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