EQAC - Student Member Information


STUDENT MEMBER APPLICATION:  DEADLINE MAY 1, 2015

The Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) is in the process of selecting a student member to serve on the council from July 2015 through June 2016.  The application process is open to all interested high school sophomores and juniors who are in good standing. Eligible public school, parochial or private school, and homeschooled students are encouraged to apply.

EQAC is comprised of one representative from each magisterial district, four at large members, and one student representative. Each member is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve a three year term, except the student member, who serves during his or her junior or senior year of high school.

EQAC's chief function is to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for improving the county's efforts in environmental protection and enhancement. During monthly meetings, issues such as hazardous materials, water quality, air quality, land use, noise, solid waste, ecological resources, deer management, visual pollution, light pollution and climate change as it relates to county actions are investigated. In addition, EQAC holds a public hearing each year for the purpose of obtaining citizen input on issues of environmental concern.

The Annual Report on the Environment, which is prepared by EQAC, provides information on the status of various environmental resources and issues and is designed to aid the board in setting its environmental agenda and priorities. The Annual Report is prepared by EQAC with contributions from many different organizations and government agencies. Copies of EQAC's recent Annual Reports are available on this website.

The council generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m.

If you are presently a sophomore or junior in good standing and if you would be interested in serving as EQAC's student member during your junior or senior year, please see the Science Department Chair, Career Counselor or Principal of your school for an application and further details.  Further details and the application form are also available here.

Three past EQAC student members, Talia Schmitt,  Kevin Sun and Hana Burkly,have prepared testimonials regarding their service on EQAC.

If you have questions about EQAC, contact Noel Kaplan of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1369, TTY 711 (Virginia Relay) or send an e-mail message.


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