Environmental Sustainability Board

The City of Hendersonville believes environmental sustainability is critical to preserving the community for future generations and has adopted this goal as a core value. 


The purpose of this Board is to serve in an advisory role to the City Council in matters pertaining to policies and practices regarding environmental sustainability in the City of Hendersonville and shall be embodied for the following purposes: 

  • Advise, deliberate and make recommendations to the City Council to help facilitate the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan as it relates to environmental sustainability in the city.
  • Recommend to City Council an overall policy for continued sustainability and assist with citizen-led efforts in furtherance thereof.
  • Provide City Council with representative community participation in preparing and implementing plans and reports concerning environmental sustainability in the City of Hendersonville.
  • Promote, facilitate, and act as liaison to educate citizens on environmental sustainability issues affecting the City of Hendersonville.   

Activities may include the following:

  1. Recommend requirements and procedures for waste reduction and other sustainable practices at festivals and/or special events
  2. Assist staff in researching effectiveness and costs of sustainable practices and make reports to City Council of any recommendations.
  3. Review programs and activities other communities have implemented that would be effective in Hendersonville.
  4. Participate in community outreach at public events to educate citizens on environmental issues and related City programs.
  5. Collect feedback from citizens on new or proposed efforts to determine effectiveness.
Membership & Terms

Membership shall be composed from the following membership categories:  Membership shall be composed from the following membership categories:   (5) Residents of the City of Hendersonville. (3) At-Large Members,  (1) At-Large Member - seat to be filled by an individual, principal or other significant representative of an organization or business that demonstrates a commitment to an environmentally sustainable future, as determined by the City Council, (1) City Council Liaison.  (City Council will appoint the City Council Liaison to this Board. The City Council Liaison shall not be considered for purposes of determining quorum and is not a voting member.) 

Staff Liaison The City Manager shall appoint a staff liaison to the Committee who shall assist the Committee with carrying out their duties and responsibilities. The Staff Liaison shall act as the Secretary and liaison between the Board, City Departments, and the City Council and shall have the charge of correspondence, minutes, notifying members of meetings, and other information. 

Selection of the Chair and Vice Chair.  The chair shall be a resident of the City of Hendersonville and shall be selected by majority vote of the ESB Board Members.

Terms of appointment are three years. Board members shall be appointed to staggered three-year terms by the City Council annually in June. No member shall serve more than two consecutive full three-year terms unless otherwise specified in this charter. Members shall serve without compensation. At the end of a member’s term, they must take a one-year hiatus before seeking reappointment to the Board. 


Regular meetings are held on the third Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in the Operations Center located at 305 Williams St., Hendersonville, NC 28792. 





Agendas & Minutes 


Gracie Erwin
Environmental Compliance Coordinator
305 Williams Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 697-3057



City Council Liaison - Lyndsey Simpson, Mayor Pro Tem
Beth Stang, City Resident, - June 2023
Geri Conley, City Resident - June 2023
Anthony Baltiero, City Resident - June 2024
Mary Ellen Kustin, City Resident - June 2024
Will Garvey, At-Large - June 2023
Ann Twiggs, Vice Chair -At-Large, - June 2023
Kelly Pahle, Chair, At-Large - June 2024
Virginia Tegel, City Resident - June 2024
Mountain True Representative- Un-expiring Term

Resources & Documents

ESB Charter & Rules of Procedure 


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