EMC Meeting Canceled

Rockland County Environmental Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st at 6:00pm has been cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Environmental Management Council

The Rockland County Environmental Management Council (EMC) was established by the Rockland County Legislature in 1973. Members are volunteers representing Rockland County's five towns. They are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Legislature. EMC works in a non-partisan, non-adversarial manner to effect environmental improvement within the system.

Our monthly meeting - open to the public - is usually held on the third Wednesday at 6:00 PM-7:30 PM in Allison-Parris County Office Building, New City. The EMC may not meet in the summer months of July and August. To learn about meeting updates and other environmental matters, please email laiblen@co.rockland.ny.us.

*We are currently looking for new members!

Eleanor Burlingham Earth Day Essay Contest

The EMC sponsors the Eleanor Burlingham Earth Day Essay Contest annually which encourages youths to go outside and observe interactions between humans, plants and animals.  Students submit essays to the EMC for review. Five winners are selected each year and a recognition ceremony takes place at the Allison-Parris Building in early June with the County Executive and other government officials.  The Contest was initiated in 1992 and is named after long time EMC member, Rockland Conservation Association member and active environmentalist, Eleanor Burlingham.  

The Rockland County Environmental Management Council honored five fifth grade students and one eleventh grade student in early June as part of the annual Eleanor Burlingham Earth Day Essay Contest.  Pictured below are this years winners along with EMC members and County Executive Ed Day:

eleanorburlingham2017.jpg(Left to right) Anna Moetzinger, Viola Elementary School; Emma Chin, Viola Elementary School; Alyssa Weinstein, Viola Elemetary School; Keira Devine, A. MacArthur Barr Academy of Excellence; Caroline Brennan, A. MacArthur Barr Academy of Excellence; (not pictured: Christopher Buchauer, 11th grade winner). Image by Jane Lerner, County Executive's Office.

Edward Brophy Green Champion Award

The EMC also presents the Edward Brophy Green Champion Award annually which is given to an organization, business or group who have shown an exemplary focus on the environment.  Edward Brophy was a local artist, avid outdoorsman, member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and strong supporter of the Environmental Defense Fund, as well as a long time EMC board member.  Recipients are publicly recognized at the EMC's potluck award dinner which has been hosted at Haverstraw Bay County Park, Dutch Garden and Kennedy Dells County Park.  

Rockland Farm Alliance was honored by the Rockland County Environmental Management Council as the fifth annual Edward Brophy Green Champion Award winner. RFA was formed in 2008 and created the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the County. RFA has lead discussions with state agencies to re-constituted the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, provided agricultural education to youths and adults and implemented a food waste reduction initiative. 


Previous years winners include:


The Village of Montebello

(2013)- The Village was recognized for initiating a series of environmental firsts in Rockland including the first electronic vehicle charging station, the first solar panel installation for government buildings, the first Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation and the first NY State Climate Smart Community adopter.

Keep Rockland Beautiful (KRB)

(2014)- KRB was recognized for its 20+ years of coordinating roadside and waterway cleanups throughout the County, artful receptacles and Report a Litterbug programs.  Additionally, its youth oriented education programs such as Earth Basic Environmental Awareness Training (Earth BEAT), Rockland Planning and Land Use Symposium (RPLUS) and the School Bah-A Thon.

Town of Clarkstown

 (2015)- The Town of Clarkstown was recognized for being the first municipality in the state to install a large-scale solar panel array atop a closed landfill and the first municipality in Rockland to create a composting program for its residents.  Additionally, the Town was also recognized for creating a concrete crushing facility at the Clarkstown transfer station.

Rockland Audubon Society

(2016)- RAS was recognized for its wide variety of environmental achievements such as coordinating educational workshops and field outings for youths and adults as well as coordinating the Annual Christmas Bird Count and Birdathon, installing fishing line disposal units, hosting live animal shows, establishing a Bluebird Trail program and creating a butterfly garden at Kennedy Dells County Park.


Piermont Marsh Canoe Outing

Annual canoe outings are hosted by EMC board members. Visitors are able to canoe down the Sparkill Creek into the Hudson River and nearby tributaries. As a treat, participants get to visit exciting science projects taking place within the Marsh.
2015 Annual EMC Canoe Tour, hosted by EMC member Bill Herguth. The tour highlights Peggy's Point, Sandy Beach, Eel Creek, and experimental sites located throughout the Sparkill Creek and Piermont Marsh. Attendees include: EMC members, Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance members, LDEO staff, Piermont Planning Board members, and CCE Rockland Master Gardeners.


Executive Director - Nicole Laible
Clarkstown - Joanna Galdone, Ed Knyfd, Glenn Sungela {At-Large Member}
Haverstraw - Vacant
Orangetown - William Herguth, Brandon Caliendo
Ramapo - Natalie Patasaw - Chair, Kerry Potter-Kotecki, Gillian Ballard {At-Large Member}
Stony Point - Kevin Maher, Frank Collyer

The RC EMC is looking to meet with all of the Town Supervisors in 2017. The board began meeting with Supervisors in 2016. Below is a list of Meeting Minutes:
Clarkstown Supervisor
Orangetown Supervisor

Listed below are past meetings Agendas and Minutes.

Agendas                 Minutes                                      
EMC Agenda 03-21-18  
EMC Agenda 02-21-18  
EMC Agenda 01-30-18 EMC Minutes 01-30-18
EMC Meeting Dates 2018 EMC Minutes 12-20-17