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Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee

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Current Size: 80%

The City of Harrisonburg is committed to reducing negative impacts on the local, regional, and global environment and strives toward being a good steward of the resources to which it has been entrusted.

The City will take a proactive approach for establishing standards related to environmental performance and sustainability as outlined in the city's 2011 Comprehensive Plan Update Objective 8.3, which states: to create a set of environmental performance standards for public and private development and redevelopment projects.

The purpose of the Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee is to provide guidance and recommendations to City Council in the establishment of environmental performance standards for public development and redevelopment projects and will encourage the private sector to meet these standards as well.


Phase I of the Environmental Action Plan (EAP) was adopted by City Council on January 14, 2020.

Phase II - Establishment of Indicators is currently in development.

Phase III - Development of targets and goals for each of the indicators will begin in 2021.



PDF[142KB] Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee Bylaws adopted August 11, 2020


Meeting Date/Time/Location

The Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee (EPSAC) meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday quarterly (January, April, July, and October) unless otherwise noted below at 5:00pm, and are held virtually.

In accordance with the Emergency Ordinance to effectuate temporary changes in certain deadlines and to modify public meeting and public hearing practices and procedures to address continuity of operations associated with pandemic disaster, adopted on April 6, 2020, the public will not be able to physically attend Environmental Performance Standards Advisory Committee meetings at this time.

Community members and media will be able to watch the meeting live on:

Public comments must be received by 12:00pm (noon) the day prior to the meeting and will be shared with Commission members. Please email comments to Kelly.Adams@HarrisonburgVa.gov 

Meeting Agendas 

Meeting Summaries


Members  Expiration of Term
Biran Nixon 01/12/2022
MuAwia DaMes 01/12/2022
Mark Lemmond  01/12/2022
Joy Loving  01/12/2023
Doug Hendren 01/12/2024
Bradley Striebig 01/12/2023
Jeffrey Heie 01/12/2023 
Deidre Smeltzer 01/12/2023
Tom Benevento 01/12/2022
Donna Armstorng 01/12/2024
Leons Kabongo 01/12/2024
Mikeala Schmitt-Harsh 01/12/2024
Laura Dent - City Council Representative  
Andy Kohen - School Board Representative  


 Learn more about how to volunteer for EPSAC and other City Boards and Commissions on the Boards and Commissions page.