2017 Election 6th Ward Candidate Survey Responses

Alderman, Ward 6

return to main election survey page

Thomas M. Suffredin

1. What have you done in your personal life to reduce your environmental impact?

Our family lives in a 1920s bungalow whose previous owner had been here for 30 years. We’ve been upgrading methodically, replacing appliances with more efficient models, cfls, increasing insulation and weatherstripping, new windows, etc. Planted a garden the first year we moved in but that was more about giving the kids something to do and an appreciation for their food than anything else.

2. With “1” being most important and “5” least important, how important are environmental issues relative to the many other issues faced by the City of Evanston?

5

Please explain:

Environmental issues are the most important issues of our time. Unfortunately, they are also subject to the least impact on the local level. Not that it means we shouldn’t be diligent about them, but it is what it is.

3. Evanston is on track for 20% greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction from 2005 to 2016. Would you support revising the Evanston Climate Action Plan to reflect the Compact of Mayors target of 27% by 2020?

Yes

4. Community Aggregation with 100% renewable energy has been the biggest single factor in reducing Evanston’s greenhouse gas emissions. Do you support continuing this program?

Yes

Please explain:

At the current 6.923 cents per kwh vs. ComEd’s 6.318 cents per kwh, absolutely. If that spread gets crazy for whatever reason, it warrants another look.

5. Would you support a local PACE or other financing initiative to fund energy efficiency and solar investments for Evanston homes and businesses?

Yes

Please explain:

But…

PACE is a good thing. State law is not adequate at this point to start PACE program, there is a bill, sponsored by Lou Lang to make commercial PACE possible, which would include Multi Family housing. Residential PACE is not possible under current law, and wouldn’t be under new law as there are forces opposed to residential PACE.

6. Most North Shore communities protect trees on both public and private property.  Would you support an Evanston ordinance that would protect trees in a manner comparable to these other communities?

Yes

Please explain:

But…

I’d need to see the actual language. I support the concept but legislation is always about language.

7. Would you push for local regulation of pesticides, such as neonicotinoids, and help Evanston pass an ordinance regulating them?

Yes

Please explain:

Again, would have to see the language.

8. Do you support the full implementation of the Evanston Bike Plan?

Yes

Please explain:

Not a great deal of impact on 6th Ward.

9. Despite significant sewer improvements and drainage regulations, continued development and unpredictable rainfall patterns are expected to intensify future flooding. What city incentives do you recommend to promote private rain gardens, green roofs, porous pavement, and other such steps? How should the city proceed to implement such steps on public land?

N/A

10. The Evanston Producemobile program suggests that as many as 14% of Evanston residents may be food insecure.  What will you do to be sure all people in Evanston have enough food, and healthy food, to eat?

N/A

11. In your past experience, what have you done to support environmental justice? How might the City promote environmental justice?

N/A

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

N/A

Back to candidate list