The purpose of the Board is to serve as an advisory body to Council. When requested by Council, the Board gives advice and assistance in matters contributing to a quality environment. Further, upon request, the Board advises the City Manager and the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission on specific environmental matters. The Board is required to prepare a written report of its activities and recommendations and a proposed program of work for the ensuing year for submission to City Council by September 30 of each year.
The Board is comprised of twelve (12) members, one (1) of whom shall be nominated from the membership of the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission and two (2) of whom shall be Oak Ridge High School (ORHS) students. Members are elected by Council for three-year staggered terms, except the ORHS students who serve staggered two-year terms of office. Seven (7) members constitute a quorum and the concurring vote of a majority of those members present at a meeting is required for any board action. The student representatives share in one vote.