Environmental Advisory Board

Learn about the Environmental Awards program and the 2020 Environmental Award winners!

Read the Environmental Advisory Board's most recent Annual Report and current work plan.

If you would like to be considered for service on the Environmental Advisory Board, please complete the online interest form.

July 9, 2020 Cancelled
5 p.m.
View Environmental Advisory Board agendas

Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601


Meeting minutes are now posted on the meeting agenda website, BoardDocs,  after they are approved by the Board. 

We moved to BoardDocs in June of 2019. View minutes from June 2019 to present there. 

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Public Participation

The public is welcome to attend.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the meetings or if you would like to contact a member, please e-mail us.


The Environmental Advisory Board is an all volunteer board created by the City Council in 2006. The City Council established the board to advise them on matters related to environmental quality and to promote communication between various governmental units and the public on environmental protection standards and policies including communication. The City Council also deemed it in the public interest and affirmed the importance of protecting the environment by creating the board that provides the Council with expert and comprehensive advice on various matters related to environmental quality and safety.

The specific actions that have been taken by the City Council from the board are:

  1. The establishment of a goal of 20 percent reduction in fossil fuel consumption by the city fleet from 2006 levels within five years;
  2. Established Energy Efficient Building Standards - LEED Silver Certification for all new city construction and additions encompassing 10,000 gross square feet or more;
  3. Endorsed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, committing to develop a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy for the City of Raleigh;
  4. Accepted the comments and suggestions from the board's collaborative review of the environmental policies in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan to enhance the sustainable aspects;
  5. Received the report from the board on development incentives and policies that encourage sustainable practices among private development and which would be the most applicable to Raleigh; and,
  6. Supports the City of Raleigh's Annual Environmental Awards program.
  7. Raleigh became a member of Bee City USA in 2017. This is a joint effort between the city and community partners to continue to educate the public and provide support for pollinators and habitats in Raleigh. Raleigh has committed to create sustainable habitats for pollinators.


Environmental Advisory Board
Graham Smith
Ben Bobay Jamie Cole Aranzazu Lascurain Mary Black
Brian Starkey
Vice Chair
Coleen Sullins Jess Anastes Justin Senkbeil