The Environmental Affairs Commission is appointed by the Human Services Committee to 3 year terms.
A long-term objective of Ingham County’s strategic plan is promoting environmental protection, smart growth, and conservation. The Board of Commissioners has recognized the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the implementation of renewable energy for county operations as a top priority and has re-established the Environmental Affairs Commission.
The Environmental Affairs Commission will:
Make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on the implementation of programming designed to reduce energy usage.
- Make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners of other countywide initiatives to promote sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Help to ensure that Ingham County’s environmental initiatives are guided by the principles of climate justice, racial justice and equity, and just economic transitions, and that the voices and needs of those most impacted by climate change, including children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing conditions, low-income individuals, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community members, and working families are duly considered and effectively centered during the County’s transition to carbon neutrality.
- Review the impact of carbon neutrality on the existing energy infrastructure and the workers who support it and make recommendations to limit and reduce the negative impact on that workforce..
- The Commission will work with the County’s Facilities Department and other appropriate staff and report annually to the Board of Commissioners..