Environmental Sustainability Board


Purpose and Duties

The general purpose of the Environmental Sustainability Board is to serve as an advisory committee to the City Council regarding environmental sustainability issues such as tree protection and urban forestry, recycling, and energy use. Their duties include:

  • Advise, deliberate and make recommendation to City Council on tree and urban forestry related matter, recycling, and energy use
  • Assist in the development and implementation of any ordinances, policies, or plans related to tree and urban forestry, recycling, and energy use
  • Assist in the community outreach and public education related to urban forestry and environmental protection related matters
  • Assist in the planning of community events related to urban forestry and environmental protection.

To see what the board did in 2021, click HERE for the end of year report.


  • Rob Wilhite, Chair
  • Doug Ehlers, Vice Chair
  • Rebecca Carpenter
  • Jennifer Fortenberry
  • Ted McGavran
  • Sharon Johnston, Ex-officio member
  • Student Member, Vacant
  • Student Member, Vacant

Tree City USA

The City of Belmont was named a Tree City USA for the 14th year in a row! This honor was celebrated at the 2021 Arbor Day celebration.

Tree City USA

To learn more about how we are promoting our urban forest, please visit www.cityofbelmont.org/totallytrees.

City of Belmont named 90th Bee City USA affiliate!

Belmont’s City’s City Council unanimously voted on July 1, 2019 to become a Bee City USA®, joining more than a hundred other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. The Council’s action is the culmination of months of effort by Belmont’s Environmental Sustainability Board and city staff to accomplish this certification.

Bee City

Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, with offices across the country. Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides. Pollinators like bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, hummingbirds and many others are responsible for the reproduction of almost ninety percent of the world's flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.

To learn more about how we are promoting our pollinators, please visit www.cityofbelmont.org/bee-city/.


The Environmental Sustainability Board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at CityWorks, located at 1401 E Catawba Street, Belmont. All meetings are open to public.  Agendas and minutes can be found at the agenda center by using the Agendas and Minutes button below.

Rules of Procedure

The Environmental Sustainability Board's Rules of Procedure are below. These bylaws govern the function and operation of this board.


For questions or inquiries about Environmental Sustainability Board, please contact Peyton Ratchford at the information below.

Peyton Ratchford
Associate Planner

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