Photo by Mary Mumbrue

The Evanston Environmental Association Board of Directors has selected Paul D’Agostino to receive the 2017 Charlotte Omohundro Award. This award is given each year to recognize a person or organization that has done exceptional work in the areas of environmental stewardship and community service. The public is invited to the presentation of the award at the EEA annual meeting at 2 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the Snug room at the Celtic Knot restaurant at 626 Church St. Appetizers will be served and drinks can be purchased at the meeting.

Mr. D’Agostino, a longtime Evanston resident, has worked for the City of Evanston for more than 30 years. A certified Arborist (International Society of Arboriculture) and certified Task Specialist (USDA Forest Service – Urban Forest Strike Team), Mr. D’Agostino assumed responsibility for Evanston forestry and greenways maintenance in 1995. He has also been instrumental in the City’s receiving the Arbor Day Tree City designation for more than 30 years and the Tree City USA Growth award in each year that he was Supervisor of Parks/Forestry. In 2017, he was awarded the Protector of the Environment award in the category of Political Service by the Chicago Audubon Society.

Mr. D’Agostino is recognized by many Evanstonians as an extraordinary and unrelenting caretaker of the City’s trees, helping Evanston to continue to be a Tree City.