Environmental Advisory Councils
EAC’s are community residents, appointed by elected officials, to advise them and to organize stewardship projects related to the protection, conservation, management, promotion, and use of natural resources.
In 1990, PEC created the Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Network in order to strengthen existing EAC’s and promote the creation of additional ones. EAC’s are a group of community residents, appointed by elected officials, to advise them and other municipal officials about the protection, conservation, management, promotion, and use of natural resources.
Formed pursuant to the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s Act 148, EAC’s are empowered to keep an index of all open space, make recommendations for use of that space, identify environmental issues, and counsel local governments how to approach those issues.
EAC’s act as advisors to the governing boards that appoint them, providing municipal governments a pool of “hometown talent” to consider when making legislative decisions regarding their community’s environment.
In 2010 we received a $50,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in order to promote, create, and encourage the strategic engagement of EAC’s in the Commonwealth as part of the Statewide Comprehensive Recreation Plan.
PEC continues to work with EAC’s on specific projects related to energy, stormwater management, watershed restoration, and trails and greenways. PEC has a variety of materials available to EAC’s related to these topics and welcomes project-specific inquiries.
In 2013 PEC transferred its EAC network administration including training programs, assistance in EAC establishment, and support for the EAC Network website to the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association.