Her work on environmental sustainability was recognized by the United States Conference of Mayors. Mayor Tishdahl was selected as one of two winners of the 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards. The award recognizes mayors for innovative practices in they have implemented in their cities to increase energy efficiency and curb global warming.
Mayor Tisdahl is a member of the United States Conference of Mayors Water Council in Washington, DC. Working, with her fellow mayors, Tisdahl focuses on the maintenance and development of water resources so vital to our cities.
One person alone cannot make a city a success. Mayor Tisdahl credits her accomplishments to alliances she has made on the national, state, county and local level. She has been assisted by in her efforts by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Congresswoman Janice D. Schakowsky, IL Representative Julie Hamos, IL Representative Robyn Gabel, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, and Judge Larry Axelrood.
Mayor Tisdahl also has the privilege of serving with what she says is “the best City Council Evanston has ever had.” The Mayor shares her achievements with 1st Ward Alderman Judy Fiske, 2nd Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 3rd Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne, 4th Ward Alderman Donald N. Wilson, 5th Ward Aldermen Dolores Holmes, 6th Ward Alderman Mark Tendam, 7th Ward Alderman Jane Grover, 8th Ward Alderman Ann Rainey, and 9th Ward Alderman Coleen Burrus.
Together with the Mayor’s staff, the City Council has worked hard on preserving the values of Evanston while moving toward a future full of promise, for all the City’s residents.
Prior to running for the mayor’s office, Tisdahl served as the 7th Ward Alderman from 2003 to 2009. She worked hard to maintain the diversity of her community, in particular, providing free beach tokens for Evanston’s low-income residents so they would not be locked out of one of the city’s finest assets.
Mayor Tisdahl’s political experience began in 1989 when she joined the Evanston Township High School Board of Education. She served twelve years, including two years as President of the Board. In 2002, she was presented The Democratic Party of Evanston Community Service Award for her work.
While serving on the school board, the superintendents of Education Research and Development (ED-RED), a consortium of over 100 northern Illinois public school districts, elected Tisdahl to chair the organization and lobby on its behalf in Springfield. This involvement helped her secure critical funding for Evanston schools.
A founding member of the Mothers Against Gangs School Liaison in 1987, she served as co-chair from 1992 until 1995. The organization sponsored Drop-In Nights at Evanston Township High School that provided a safe haven for area youth.
Between 1987 and 1995, she also served on the Evanston Community Foundation Advisory Committee.
Mayor Tisdahl’s many honors include the Park School Certificate of Recognition in 1992, the Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center Salute to Women in Human Services Appreciation Award in 1999, and the Chessmen Club of the Northshore Community Service Award in 2002.
Elizabeth Tisdahl has lived in the City of Evanston for 39 years and chose the community because of its diversity and its commitment to the welfare of all its citizens. She and her late husband Al raised their family here and sent their children to Evanston public schools. She now has two grandchildren living in Evanston, also attending public schools.