Membership The board consists of 11 voting members, of whom 5 members are appointed by the City Council and 5 are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The 11th voting member is appointed by the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors. Both the City Council and the Board of County Commissioners may appoint one citizen member-at-large if the they cannot fill their allotted categories with the pool of applicants at the time a vacancy occurs.
Members serve without compensation and must live within the jurisdiction that appoints them. Applicants must be current on City and County taxes.
The members are appointed based on their expertise in certain environmental areas. The areas represented by EAB members and the appointing body are:
Biological sciences (City)
Solid and hazardous waste (City)
Water resources (City)
Air resources (County)
Public health (County)
Public policy (County)
Education and/or Communications (County)
Land Resources (Soil and Water Conservation Board of Supervisors)
About the Board
The City of Durham and Durham County jointly established the Environmental Affairs Board (EAB) in 1991, in recognition of the importance of local cooperation on environmental issues. The EAB is an advisory board of appointed residents to provide the City and County with expert and comprehensive advice on various environmental matters. It also facilitates communication between the public and local government leaders.