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The primary purpose of the Commission for the Environment (CFE) is to advise the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on matters affecting the natural environment.  This responsibility generally includes:  advising on environmental policy, promoting education of the public and local officials on environmental issues, making recommendations on environmental initiatives, and understanding in special environmental studies and projects.

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The Commission for the Environment is a citizen advisory board comprised of 15 members, appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.  Two members of the Board of County Commissioners serve as liaisons to this committee. 

Commission for the Environment member list  

The Commission for the Environment meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  Meetings are held either at the Solid Waste Administration Building 1207 Eubanks Rd. Chapel Hill NC  or the Richard Whitted Building 300 W Tryon Street Hillsborough NC.  There is no scheduled meeting in July.

Meeting and Location Schedule

Commission for the Environment Agendas and Minutes

Commission for the Environment Reports:

2014 State of Environment Report

2009 State of Environment Report

2004 State of Environment Report

2002 State of Environment Report

2000 State of Environment Report

Commission for the Environment Published Articles:



Hydrilla in the River

April 29, 2015 - Chapel Hill News

EV fast charger installed in Hillsborough

May 17, 2015 - News of Orange County

Ash Borer: The new invader

Aug 19, 2015 - Chapel Hill News

Fracking Issues for Orange County

Nov 25, 2015 - Chapel Hill News

Loss of tax credits clouds future of rooftop solar energy

Feb 24, 2016 - Chapel Hill News

Water in Orange County—Is There Enough?

Written January 11, 2016 - Pending publication

Support for State Bond

March 2, 2016 - News of Orange County

Go native in the garden

May 1, 2016 - Chapel Hill News

Evidence of climate change increasing

March 21, 2017 - Chapel Hill News, News and Observer

Climate change drives mass extinctions; are we next?

March 28, 2017- Chapel Hill News, News and Observer

Durham-Orange Light Rail Environmental Impacts

Written January 7, 2018 - Pending publication