Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl Thursday received a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and donated the $15,000 cash prize provided by Walmart to the non-profit Citizens' Greener Evanston.
The award, first announced a few weeks ago, recognizes mayors for innovative practices in their cities that increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Evanston was honored in part for reducing municipal greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent since 2005. In all, 130 cities applied for the award.
Top: At the Ecology Center for the award ceremony were Kevin McCarty, assistant executive director for transportation of the mayors' conference; Mayor Tisdahl; State Rep. Robyn Gabel of Evanston; Citizens' Greener Evanston Chair Ron Fleckman, Debra DeHaney-Howard, assistant executive director for energy policy for the mayor's conference along with her daughter Madison, and John Bisio, director of public affairs and government relations for Walmart.