The Environmental Advisory Council has put together these pages to serve two purposes.

  • First, we hope that Lower Merion Township residents will use this information to learn about and become actively involved in township environmental events and issues.

  • Second, we hope that these pages provide residents and commercial businesses with information useful in making more informed decisions regarding environmental issues.

Chapter 13 of the Township Code established the Lower Merion Township Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) in 1985 and defines the roles and powers of the EAC. Generally, the EAC provides advice to the Board of Commissioners of Lower Merion Township, Planning Commission and township staff. Specifically, the EAC:

  1. Recommends plans and programs to the Board of Commissioners to promote and conserve the natural resources of other Township and to protect and improve the quality of the environment within the Township.
  2. Recommends possible use of open land areas within the Township.
  3. Promotes community environmental programs.
  4. Maintains an index of all open areas, publicly or privately owned, including but not limited to flood-prone areas, swamps and other unique natural areas, for the purpose of obtaining information on the proper use of such areas.
  5. Advises other advisory boards, agencies and officials of the Township as appropriate, in the acquisition of property in matters dealing with environmental issues.

The EAC meets publicly the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Lower Merion Township building. The agenda for each meeting is posted on the website calendar and the public is welcome to attend the meetings.

The EAC is composed of seven volunteer residents of Lower Merion Township. The current membership includes:

  • Brian Hoppy — Chair
  • Joseph Rudek — Vice Chair
  • Bruce A. Bayne — Secretary
  • Michael Hays
  • Sara Schuh
  • Mitchel Burrack
  • David Richman

If you have any questions, please e-mail

Environmental Action Plan - Revision 1 (2012-2016)

Meeting Minutes of the EAC

As of January 2011, Minutes will be available in PDF form on the Reports and Archives page in the Meeting Minutes; Environmental Advisory Council section. 

Upcoming EAC Meeting Dates

Subject to later notice of change of time and location, Environmental Advisory Council meetings will be held starting at approximately 7:00 PM on the following dates:

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Environmental Advisory Council

Regular Monthly Meeting

Chair: Brian Hoppy
Vice-Chair: Joe Rudek


1. Approval of minutes from November 22, 2016 meetings

2. 2017 Go for the Green Awards – Ceremony to be held May 9, 2016
 - Go for the Green Award Design Contest – Brief Update
 - EAC Logo Contest – Brief Update

3. 2017-2021 Environmental Action Plan Questions and Action Outlines
 - Michael Hays and Mitchell Burack – Education and Volunteer Projects
 - David Richman – Energy Conservation and Sustainability
 - Bruce Bayne – Land Use / Building Practices
 - Sara Pevaroff Schuh – Objectionable, Poisonous, and Invasive Species
 - Joe Rudek – Recycling
 - Brian Hoppy – Stormwater Management
 - All – Miscellaneous Environmental Initiatives

4. Comprehensive Stormwater Management Plan Request for Proposals
 - Brian Hoppy & Joe Rudek to serve on Proposal Review Committee

5. Lower Merion TV – EAC feature program series
 - Winter episode – focus on salt use
 - Invasive species outreach in conjunction with the Lower Merion Conservancy

6. Articles for Township Newsletter - Ongoing

7. Old Business (Quick Updates, if any)
 - Natural Features Code Amendment – Maintenance Guarantee
 - Public Service Announcements

8. Opportunity for EAC members to report out on meetings attended

9. Subdivision/Land Development plans

10. 2017 calendar of EAC events

11. Other Business

12. Assignment to public meetings:
Wednesday, December 14: Building & Planning Committee, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 15: Land Development Committee, 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 21: Board of Commissioners, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 5: Land Development Committee, 8:30 a.m.
Monday, January 9: Planning Commission, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11: Building & Planning Committee, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 18; Board of Commissioners, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 19: Land Development Committee, 8:30 a.m.



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