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c/o TC Planning & Sustainability Department
121 E. Court Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 274-5560
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Environmental Management Council

Agendas and Minutes
Membership Roster
Annual Reports


News and Events

See the latest guest presentation to the EMC: Protecting Tompkins County from Lead Ammunition Contamination

Read the 2018 EMC Annual Report.

History and Mission Statement

The Tompkins County Environmental Management Council (EMC) has been the Legislature's official citizen advisory board on local environmental issues since 1971.The purpose of the EMC is to identify problems, propose priorities, and promote coordination of activities in the development and management of our natural resources and to provide a public forum for the discussion and resolution of these problems and completion of proposed projects.

More information can be found on the EMC Background page.


The EMC meets at 4 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. Our meeting location has changed to the Transit Center (TCAT) at 737 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY.  All are welcome!

Meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change. For information on the next meeting, please call the County Planning and Sustainability Department at (607) 274-5560.

Check out the Agendas and Minutes page for more information. 

View Guest Presentations given at past meetings.



The EMC is composed of the following voting members appointed by the County Legislature: 12 at-large members and 16 municipal members (one designated by each municipality in Tompkins County). Voting members serve two-year terms and must reside in Tompkins County. The EMC also has associate (non-voting) members appointed by the EMC chair to lend expertise to committees as needed.

Visit the EMC Membership page to learn more. 

Outreach and Education 

2018 EMC Climate Adaptation Committee Flood Survey and Risk Study
2018 Update of Invasive Plants List 
2017 UNA Inventory Update
Environmental Alert: Important Recommendations for Indoor & Outdoor Lighting
Windpower FAQ



The Tompkins County Planning and Sustainability Department provi des financial assistance and staff support to the EMC.