Chester County has just set up a Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board to make recommendations to the County, municipalities, the public, and businesses. The official description is below. The County will soon be taking steps to secure the needed 22 members. Citizens are entitled to 4 of the 22 seats.
The other 18 members are: 7 officials ex officio; 4 representatives of businesses; 2 each of land conservancies and utility companies; and 1 each of 3 other associations. When application and selection guidelines are published, we will know whether the organizations in each category will basically select the members, or recommend candidates to the Commissioners, or neither. Let’s hope that the Board will rapidly stimulate actual badly-needed changes in policy and practice.
COUNTY OF CHESTER ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY ADVISORY BOARD
Purpose: The purpose of the Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board is to provide recommendations to the Board of Commissioners, applicable County departments, municipalities, citizens, and businesses by:
Recommending best environmental and energy practices in the areas of buildings, facilities and operations; fuels, vehicles, and transportation; food; responsible purchasing; housing; energy sources; air quality; stormwater management; natural resource protection; and climate change.
Identifying environmental and energy policies the County has adopted and recommending ways to promote and educate about Chester County’s environmental and energy initiatives.
Identifying and recommending voluntary actions, projects, and programs for municipalities, businesses, non-profits, and other partners to implement county environmental and energy policies.
Reviewing and providing input into a Climate Action Plan.
Recommending environmental and energy related actions, projects, and programs to the Board of Commissioners for implementation
Membership: The membership of the Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board shall be appointed by the Chester County Board of Commissioners and shall be selected so as to represent the citizens, businesses, and the County. The Membership of the Advisory Board shall include:
Four Chester County citizens
Four Chester County business representatives
One representative of Chester County Economic Development Council’s Smart Energy Initiative (SEI)
One representative of Chester County Association of Township Officials
One representative of Chester County Municipal Managers Consortium
Two representatives of Chester County’s land conservancies
Two representatives of Utility companies serving Chester County
Executive Director of Chester County Planning Commission
Executive Director of Chester County Water Resources Authority
Chester County Director of Open Space, Parks and Trails
Chester County Director of Emergency Services
Director of Chester County Conservation District
Director of Chester County Facilities Management
Director of Chester County Health Department
The Chairman of the Chester County Environmental and Energy Advisory Board may appoint experts to the Board, as necessary, however those appointed experts shall not have a vote.
Vacancies shall be filled by the Chester County Board of Commissioners. County staff board seats will be ex-officio members.
Terms: The term of each of the members of the board shall be two years, except that, when the board is first created, half of the members shall be appointed for three years and half for two years.