The Allentown EAC’s purpose is to advise city government on environmental matters affecting the city. It provides opportunities for Allentown residents with environmental knowledge and a strong desire to conserve and protect our local natural resources to influence government policies and community practices that impact the environment. Consider becoming a member. Environmental expertise is helpful, but not required.
When at full capacity, the Allentown Environmental Advisory Council consists of seven members. Members are appointed by the mayor and Allentown City Council.
To become a member, prospective EAC members should have previous experience with environmental initiatives, education, or programs. EAC advice and advocacy is based on accepted environmental science. Desirable member qualifications include:
- Availability and willingness to volunteer time to EAC projects (4-8 hours per month outside of regular EAC meetings).
- Knowledge and professional expertise in environmental and related areas.
- A background in relevant areas of science, planning, policy development, or environmental education.
- Ability to develop and/or work on project committees.
- Ability to work with others within the EAC, as well as with elected officials – especially those with differing points of view.
- Skill in organizing events and projects.
- Knowledge of local environmental policies.
The Allentown EAC was established in 2008 by an enabling ordinance, the current version of which can be found in Part 1 - Administrative Code, Section 7 - Authorities, Boards and Commissions, Article 177 - Environmental Advisory Council of the City’s Codified Ordinances.
A City of Allentown Request for Appointment form is necessary to become a member of the EAC. The form should be submitted to the Mayor's Office, City Council, and to the EAC Chairperson, Arundhati Khanwalkar.
Meetings and agendas are available to view on the City's Legistar portal.
And, for additional information, visit the Pennsylvania Environmental Council webpage.