Citizens' Greener Evanston: Earth Month Celebration May 1

Building Community, Jobs and a Green Economy

Sponsored by Citizens’ Greener Evanston

Join Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and keynote speakers John Norquist and Susan Mudd. Enjoy live music, presentations, network with other green citizens and participate in workshops.

May 1, 2011 2–5 PM 
Beth Emet Free Synagogue, 1224 Dempster, Evanston IL
About the Keynote Speakers:
John Norquist's work promoting New Urbanism as an alternative to sprawl and antidote to sprawl's social and environmental problems draws on his experience as big-city mayor and prominent participant in national discussions on urban design and school reform. John was the Mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. Under his leadership, Milwaukee experienced a decline in poverty, saw a boom in new downtown housing, and became a leading center of education and welfare reform. He oversaw a revision of the city's zoning code and reoriented development around walkable streets and public amenities such as the city's 3.1-mile Riverwalk. Named a Governing magazine Public Official of the Year during his tenure as Mayor, he also received widespread recognition for championing the removal of a .8 mile stretch of elevated freeway, clearing the way for an anticipated $250 million in infill development in the heart of Milwaukee. At CNU he has joined local activists in numerous cities as a key champion of plans to replace freeways with boulevards. A leader in national discussions of urban design and educational issues, Norquist is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University. Norquist served in the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977, earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He represented Milwaukee's south and west sides in the Wisconsin Legislature. He chaired the National League of Cities Task Force on Federal Policy and Family Poverty and served on the Amtrak Reform Council. He is married to CNU Board Member Susan Mudd. They have two children, Benjamin and Katherine.

For over 15 years, Susan Mudd was Wisconsin Director of Citizens for a Better Environment. She then consulted for the Brico Fund before moving to Chicago. Her experience includes a wide array of environmental issues: air and water quality, pesticides, pollution prevention, transportation and land use, and women's health and the environment. She was a founding board member of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. Currently, Susan is drafting a Midwest global warming campaign plan with the Illinois State Environmental Leadership Program. She serves on the boards of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the Congress for the New Urbanism and Earth Share of Illinois. She has a J.D., an M.A. in Public Administration and Public Policy, and a certificate in Energy Policy.