City of Bloomington accepting applications for Environmental Commission

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacant positions on the Environmental Commission.

The Environmental Commission was established in 1971 by municipal ordinance. The Bloomington Environmental Commission (EC), formerly known as the Environmental Quality and Conservations Commission, is a voluntary advisory body composed of citizens appointed by the Mayor and Common Council.

The mission of the EC is to advise the City on how its actions and policies may preserve and enhance the quality of Bloomington’s environment, including the life-supporting processes that natural ecological systems provide to humans and other organisms.

The EC actively participates in the city planning process; researches and reports on environmental topics; develops educational materials; responds to inquiries from residents; and coordinates with other municipal boards and commissions, and other organizations on issues of mutual interest.

Commissioners must reside within the municipal boundary. Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in one or more areas of physical, biological, or environmental sciences; sanitation and recycling; public health; or conservation.

Regular meetings are generally on the third Thursday every month and working group meetings convene as needed. It is expected that all members will be active in EC projects by attending monthly meetings and working group meetings.

The time required to fulfill the EC duties is approximately five hours per month. For more information, please see the Bloomington Municipal Code 2.12.050.

Currently, there are two vacant seats.

To learn more about each of the City’s boards and commissions, including mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listings, term lengths, meeting schedules and locations, visit the city website at

If interested in applying to a vacant seat on a board or commission, interest parties may apply at

All board and commission meetings are free and open to the public. Potential applicants are urged to attend a meeting of their desired board or commission prior to applying.