ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ADVISORY BOARD (EQAB)


Staff Liaison: Athanasia Lewis, (865) 425-3574, Email
 
MEMBERS:
 Chuck Agle, Planning Commission Representative  Term Expires: 12/31/2014
 Patricia Fain      Term Expires: 12/31/2013
 Elijah Fetzer, Student Representative  Term Expires: 12/31/2013
 Patricia S. Imperato  Term Expires: 12/31/2014
 Robert G. Kennedy, III, Vice Chair  Term Expires:   5/31/2014
 Stephen Todd Kenworthy, Chair  Term Expires: 12/31/2013
 Sylvia Milanez, Secretary  Term Expires: 12/31/2014
 Stephanie Paul, Student Representative  Term Expires: 12/31/2014
 James G. Placke, Jr.  Term Expires: 12/31/2013
 Paige Russell  Term Expires: 12/31/2013
 Aditya Savara  Term Expires:   5/31/2015
 Ellen Smith  Term Expires: 12/31/2015

Purpose:

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.

Composition:

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.

Meetings:
The Board typically meets on the first Thursday of every month in the Municipal Building located at 200 S. Tulane Avenue.

Agendas, MINUTES & OTHER DOCUMENTS
Click here for Agendas and Minutes.  Click here for the Bylaws.

2012 city council Goals 
  • Develop and help implement a progress reporting system for Climate Action Plan
  • Develop goals and system for salvaging portions of demolished structures.
  • Assess potential options for fuel-efficient vehicles for the City fleet for incorporation into capital replacement program, including cost/benefits in emissions and capital purchases and operational costs.
  • Examine integration of City environmental goals and policies into the Greater Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Organization’s regional goals.
  • Develop policy recommendations for free maintenance by residents along greenbelts and trails, identifying potential impacts on residents and making recommendations to the City Council. 
  • Advise the City Manager on plausible project to incorporate into potential TVA “extreme energy makeover” project .
  • Define acceptable levels of lawn maintenance in residential neighborhoods (i.e. “natural lawns” versus current standards).
  • Provide input into Mayor's Advisory Council on DOE/TDEC matters upon request.
  • Conduct environmental reviews, identifying potential impacts on residents and making recommendations to the City Council.