The Environmental Justice Advisory Council was created by Act 154 to provide independent advice and recommendations related to environmental justice to Vermont state government, including the integration of environmental justice principles into State programs, policies, regulations, legislation, and activities. The Council will also evaluate the potential for disproportionate environmental burdens or benefits as a result of State actions.
The 11-member Advisory Council will meet no more than eight times per year, with at least four meetings occurring jointly with the Interagency Environmental Justice Committee. Meetings may be held in person, remotely, or in a hybrid format. The Advisory Council will have the administrative, technical, and legal assistance of the Agency of Natural Resources.
Most volunteers who are not otherwise receiving a state salary for board or commission service will be eligible to receive a per diem of at least $50 per day for their service.