Allentown Environmental Advisory Council
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.
News, Announcements, and Important Links
- Join the EAC’s Yahoo Group – The Allentown EAC maintains a Yahoo! Group where meeting agendas, minutes, reports, correspondence, and notices are stored. Anyone can join the Yahoo Group. Sign up online at Yahoo! or contact Dan Poresky, the Allentown EAC chair, at email@example.com.
- Join Friends of the Allentown Parks – This energetic group is working wonders in support of our city’s famously fabulous parks. See what the Friends are up to on their website http://www.allentownparks.org/.
- Rebates (FREE MONEY!) and Low-Cost Loans – The city received a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to encourage and facilitate energy-saving property improvements to the city’s residents, small businesses, and small not-for-profit organizations. It’s easy to apply for funding that can save you significant dollars on your utility bills. See the program’s brochure/application for more information.
Current Members of the EAC and How to Reach Them
When at full capacity, the Allentown Environmental Advisory Council consists of seven members. Current members of the EAC are:
Approved Meeting Minutes
Click on the link of the meeting date for that meeting’s approved minutes.
Allentown EAC's Annual Reports
To learn more about the Allentown EAC’s activities, read its first annual report (for 2008-2009
Scheduled Meetings and Events
The Allentown Environmental Advisory Council meets on the second Monday (except on holidays) of every month from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the third-floor conference room in Allentown City Hall, 435 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18101. On-street parking is usually available, and convenient garage parking is available adjoining City Hall (access from Hamilton Street just east of City Hall).
None scheduled presently.
How to Become a Member of the Allentown EAC
When at full capacity, the Allentown Environmental Advisory Council consists of seven members. Members are appointed by the mayor and Allentown City Council.
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.
EAC by-laws are currently being created and are not yet available.
To see the enabling city ordinance that established the Allentown EAC in January 2008, click this link: (ORDINANCE LINK
To obtain a City of Allentown Request for Appointment form (necessary to become a member of the EAC), click this link (APPOINTMENT FORM LINK
). Copy the form onto an e-mail or a document, and forward it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Applications will be forwarded to the mayor’s office and to Allentown City Council.
To learn more about environmental advisory councils in Pennsylvania, click on this link (EAC NETWORK LINK
) for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s EAC Network website.
This link (EAC HANDBOOK LINK
) will take you to The EAC Handbook: A Guide for Pennsylvania’s Environmental Advisory Councils,
which was created by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).