On the cusp of his move to San Francisco, City Council recognized Fred Schneider, president of the Evanston Environmental Association, for his work toward making Evanston a greener city.
"Fred Schneider has dedicated his time to making Evanston a better place to live, work and play, through his volunteer work," said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, reading a proclamation honoring Mr. Schneider and his contributions.
As president of the EEA, Mr. Schneider worked with the City to create a road map toward autonomy for the Ecology Center, which was in danger of being sold by the City.
He created the Green Living Festival, brought the Wild and Scenic Film Festival to the Ecology Center and initiated the Green Ball with the City. Through his efforts the Tiny House –a sustainability project constructed by a group of Northwestern University students – found a new home at the Ecology Center.
Mayor Tisdahl thanked Mr. Schneider for "making Evanston a greener, more environmentally friendly City."
"This is not an easy place to leave," Mr. Schneider said. "I love this town. I’ve been told that California is the Mecca of sustainability. I leave the Nirvana."
Mr. Schneider’s final comments were a plea for the Ecology Center. "Please, please consider appropriate staffing for the Ecology Center," he said. "People there work extremely hard."
City Council and many members of the audience gave Mr. Schneider a standing ovation.