Environmental Sustainability Board


The Environmental Sustainability Board formed in 2007 as a recommendation of the Commission on the Environment and Sustainability. The Board is a smaller version of the Commission, maintaining the diverse membership. Consisting of 13 members, the Board assists in the implementation of the County’s environmental agenda, providing both advice and review. Board members include experts in energy, air/water quality, environmental governance, community outreach and education, transit, green building, and environmental health.

 

Current Board Members

Olivia Farrow - Chair

Ann Strozyk - Vice Chair

Dr. Chein-Chi Chang

John Dove

Georgia Eacker

Kelly Hensing

Tom Paxton

Athena Verghis

Chris Tsien

Christine Conn

Nancy McAllister

Amber Butler

Environmental Sustainability Board Meetings

The April 9, 2020 meeting will be held ONLY online or by phone.  

Link for April 9, 2020 meeting. https://hcpss.zoom.us/j/125762338

Agenda

Meeting Link: https://hcpss.zoom.us/j/125762338

Dial in Number: 1-301-715-8592

Meeting ID: 125 762 338#

If issues logging in during the meeting email: OCS@howardcountymd.gov

The Environmental Sustainability Board meets the second Thursday of each month. Usually at the Robinson Nature Center from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm unless otherwise noted here. These meetings are open to the public. 

Past Minutes and Agendas

Meeting Agendas and Minutes 2020

April

Agenda

March

Agenda (Cancelled)

February

No Meeting

January

Agenda

Meeting Agendas and Minutes 2019

November

Agenda

Minutes

October

Agenda

Minutes

September

Agenda

Minutes

June  

Agenda

Minutes

May - (Retreat) 

Agenda

Minutes

April

Agenda

Minutes

March

Agenda

Minutes

February

Agenda

Minutes

January

Agenda

Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes 2018

December

Agenda

Minutes

November

Agenda

Minutes

October

Agenda

Minutes

May

Agenda

Minutes

April

Agenda

Minutes

March

Agenda

Minutes

February

Agenda

Minutes

January

Agenda

Minutes

 

Meeting Agendas and Minutes 2017

December

Agenda

Minutes

November

Agenda

Minutes

October

Agenda

Minutes

September (Retreat)

Agenda

Minutes

August

No meeting

July

No meeting

June

Agenda

Minutes

May

Agenda

Minutes

April

Agenda

Minutes

March

Agenda

Minutes

February

Agenda

Minutes

January 

Agenda

Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes 2016

December 

Agenda

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November

Agenda

Minutes

October

Agenda

Minutes

September No Meeting

August

Agenda

Minutes

July No Meeting

June 

Agenda

Minutes

May 

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Minutes

April

Agenda

Minutes

March

Agenda

Minutes  

February

Agenda

Minutes

January

Agenda

Minutes

Meeting Agendas and Minutes 2015

December

Agenda

Minutes

November

Agenda

Minutes

October

Agenda

Minutes

Annual Reports

Environmental Sustainability Board Annual Report available to the public. Each December the board provides an annual report to the County Council and Executive. 

*The appendix is not an official listing of priorities, but should be considered a sample of work areas that the board is interested in exploring. 

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015
2015 Report Appendix *

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

Annual Report 2011

Solar Task Force

Solar Task Force Meeting

UPDATE for the March 31, 2020 meeting

The next meeting will be held on March 31, from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.  The meeting will not be held at the George Howard building but will be made available online or by phone.  Below are the two meeting options.       

Audience Log-in URL: https://www.anymeeting.com/SolarTaskForce

Dial-in Number: 716-273-1030  PIN: 906 2429# 

AnyMeeting support: (Link)

AnyMeeting connectivity trouble shooting: (Link)

If you have issues with logging in or calling into the meeting please email: OCS@howardcountymd.gov

*A public testimony meeting will be held at the HCLS Ekridge Branch in the Belmont Meeting Room on 4/14/20 from 7:00PM to 8:45PM.  The Elkridge Branch address is 6540 Washington Blvd., Ekridge, MD 20175  

Click on for complete information and printable document.

  

 

Solar Task Force Member List

Jamie Brown - Agricultural Land Preservation Board

Cathy Hudson - Agricultural Land Preservation Board

Kevin Lucas - Maryland Clean Energy Advisory Council

Franny Yuhas - MD-DC-DE-VA Solar Energy Industries Association

Daniel Jacobs - Howard County Farm Bureau

Howie Feaga (Alternate) - Howard County Farm Bureau

Keith Ohlinger - Howard County Farm Bureau

John Dove - Howard County Soil Conservation District

Glen Brand - Maryland Sun (Solar United Neighbors)

Kelly Hensing - Environmental Sustainability Board

Amber Butler - Environmental Sustainability Board

Leah Miller (Vice Chair) - Office of Community Sustainability

James Zoller (Chair) - Office of Community Sustainability

Amy Gowan - Department of Planning and Zoning

Joy Levy - Department of Planning and Zoning

Solar Task Force Agendas

January 23, 2020

February 4, 2020

February 18, 2020

March 3, 2020

March 17, 2020

March 31, 2020

Solar Task Force Meeting Minutes

January 23, 2020

February 4, 2020

February 18, 2020

March 3, 2020

March 17, 2020

Solar Task Force Additional Documents

EPS PowerPoint

Solar Zoning

Solar Incentives