Vogls speak at TRRT’s Environmental Hall of Fame induction
Editor’s note: The following remarks were given by Drs. Robert and Sonia Vogl, president and vice president of the Illinois Renewable Energy Association, respectively, at the July 21 induction of The Rock River Times (TRRT) and Editor & Publisher Frank Schier and Winnebago County and Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen (R) to the National, Illinois and Chicago Environmental Halls of Fame.
The Vogls—2009 inductees to the National, Illinois and Chicago Environmental Halls of Fame—nominated TRRT, Schier, Winnebago County and Christiansen for induction in 2010.
Vogls’ remarks regarding TRRT, Frank Schier
Frank Schier has been the editor and publisher of The Rock River Times weekly newspaper since 1992. An old Boy Scout and Explorer, he has canoed 225 of 275 miles of the Rock River and hopes to finish the remainder this year. Like its publisher, the paper has always been committed to the environment, and he put our Illinois Renewable Energy Association column on the front page of The Rock River Times in 2000. The Rock River Times was “Green,” as Frank likes to say, “Before ‘Green’ became a fashion statement.” For instance, The Rock River Times was the first publication in the region to address the dangers of bovine growth hormones in milk, as well as being the most avid watchdog for pollution in the area’s watershed.
Community commitments by Mr. Schier that have brought him this recognition are: Illinois Renewable Energy Association Board member, 2002 to present; Four Rivers Environmental Coalition member, 2008 to 2010; Winnebago County Green Business Awards co-founder and Steering Committee chairman, 2008 to present; Native American Awareness Committee Board member, 2010 to present; Rock River Trail founder and chairman, 2010 to present; founder and chairman, Winnebago Buy Local, 2010 to present; Quad Cities Waterkeeper, Board of Directors vice president, 2010 to present.
Other related honors include Rockford Park District Community Service Award, 2004 and 2008; nominee for the Rockford Park District, Rockford Park District Foundation and the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District’s Atwood Award, 2008; Winner of the Rockford Park District, Rockford Park District Foundation and the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District’s Atwood Award, 2009.
And now we proudly induct him and The Rock River Times into the National, Illinois and Chicago Environmental Halls of Fame, this day, July 20, 2010.
Vogls’ remarks regarding Winnebago County, Scott Christiansen
Winnebago County government and its Chairman Scott Christiansen have a track record of proven results on implementing Green energy projects, Freedom Field’s solar hot water system for heating and cooling is unique according to any standards of design. That system, and the soon-to-be-installed wind turbine and rooftop prairie, will be collecting data for students to use. It’s just not technology for technology’s sake, but for learning’s sake. County taxpayers should be proud of this long-term value and innovation.
Scott also promulgated WinGIS mapping time to the Rock River Trail Project to produce the first satellite map ever made of the river, and it’s available online! He also allotted funds to the Winnebago County Forest Preserve for the creation of new campsites on the Rock River at Hononegah and Hinchcliff forest preserves for travelers of the Rock River Trail.
His commitment to the environment was very evident throughout the entire process of the creation of Winnebago County’s 2030 land-use plan. His office continues to practice and explore sustainable practices through regular meetings, recommendations and implementations of the county’s Green Team. His commitment to the county’s four rivers is very evident, and particularly emphasized by his efforts to help the Rock River and bring eco-tourism to our area. Very importantly, he has announced the possibility of dredging several shallow sections of the Rock River to make it completely navigable in Winnebago County to enable the Rock River Trail.
And now we proudly induct him and Winnebago County into the National, Illinois and Chicago Environmental Halls of Fame, this day, July 20, 2010.
From the July 28-Aug 3, 2010 issue
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