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.
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 small conference room in the basement of the Allentown Public Library, 1210 West Hamilton Street. There is free parking behind the library, as well as metered parking on the street.
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.
Allentown EAC was established in January, 2008 by an enabling city ordinance.
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.
To learn more about environmental advisory councils in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Environmental Council online.
The EAC Handbook: A Guide for Pennsylvania’s Environmental Advisory Councils was created by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).