The Environmental Advisory Commission is responsible for advising the council on decisions impacting the ecological health of the City. Working to advance the City’s environmental stewardship, the commission promotes awareness of environmental issues through community outreach and education. The commission serves as the Tree Board for the Tree City USA program and supports the City’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
Commissions are citizen-advisory boards responsible for advising the City Council on matters within the commission’s area of expertise. They hold hearings, receive evidence, conduct investigations, and on the basis of such hearings, evidence and investigations, make decisions and recommendations to the Council.
Commissions meet on a monthly basis for anywhere between 1 and 4 hours per session. Commission members commit to a 3-year term, and are governed by City Ordinance and bylaws of their own creation. Commissioners have opportunities to pursue continuing education courses in their particular field.