Environmental Management Council

The Erie County Environmental Management Council (EMC) is an advisory board to Erie County Department of Environment & Planning

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The Council was established in the Erie County Charter in 1971 under Article 47 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law.  Members of the Council represent many of the cities, towns and villages within Erie County, as well as 12 at-large members from throughout the County. Their mission is two-fold:

1) Advise county government on local environmental concerns; and

2) Provide a liaison between the community and county government.



The Erie County Environmental Management Council strives to effect environmental improvement within the inter-governmental system. EMC projects often take the form of studies that provide recommended courses of action of decision makers. Some of the highlighted accomplishments of the EMC include:

  • Provide a resource for both the County of Erie, New York Executive and the Erie County Legislature in their understanding and resolution of environmental issues which effect the residents of Erie County
  • Assisting the Western New York Stormwater Coalition in reaching out to inform and involve the public in assisting their municipalities in protecting and improving water quality in our waterbodies
  • Developing brochures and other educational materials to encourage citizen's and governmental agencies to eliminate or reduce the use of chemical pesticides in caring for their lawns and gardens
  • Helped co-sponsor, develop, and implement plans for public education efforts surrounding the 30th anniversary of Earth Day.
  • Played a principal role in the phosphate detergents ban legislation (1974 - 1975)
  • Lobbied for returnable container and deposit legislation
  • Developed and delivered a training program for local elected officials, code enforcement officers and municipal planners to help them better use the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) to mitigate and avoid environmental impacts in their communities.

Annual Recommendations Reports

The Erie County Environmental Management Council (EMC) annually publishes a recommendations report. This report takes a comprehensive look at the County's environment and makes recommendations for the future.

The EMC Environmental Excellence Awards Program

    • Started in 2015, this program recognizes exceptional projects carried out by municipal and non-profit organizations in Erie County that stand to have a significant and lasting positive impact on the natural environment. The awards program is designed to showcase and promote projects that can be replicated in communities across Erie County and beyond. 
    • 2018 Award Application:
      • If you represent a municipal government or non-profit organization in Erie County that has recently completed a project that has environmental benefits, we invite you to nominate your project for consideration in this year’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program. Projects could be in the areas of Planning & Design, Land Use and Zoning, Natural Resource Protection, Air and Water Quality, Ecosystem Health, Energy and Transportation, Agriculture and Forestry, Solid Waste Management, Contaminated Sites, Community Action & Education, Climate Change or any other related subject area. 
      • The 2018 Environmental Excellence Award application will be posted in January 2018 and nominations are due by March 1, 2018. Nominations are evaluated by a panel of reviewers from the ECEMC, with winners announced during Earth Week in April.
      • Our 2018 Award Application is available here in January 2018.
      • Please address any questions to Josh Wilson at peter.wilson@erie.gov
    • Learn about previous winners
      • 2015
      • 2016
      • 2017 Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

Healthy Lawns


In 2017, the EMC is excited to announce our Healthy Lawns Campaign! Follow the link for details on how to reduce pesticide and other chemical inputs to your lawns and help make our community healthier.



Picture of Natural Places brochure

Natural Places of Erie County was produced by the Environmental Management Council and others.

This fold out brochure includes a map of 44 of the County's natural places and a grid showing the amenities of each location.


Additional Information

For copies of the meeting minutes, upcoming agendas, or other information, please email Josh Wilson at Peter.Wilson@erie.gov

Last updated: October 13, 2017 3:11pm