The Council on Environmental Quality is continuing to carry out its mission while keeping both the public and our workforce safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. All submissions to the Council should be sent electronically to: peter.hearn@ct.gov

About Us

The Council on Environmental Quality (Council) was created in 1971 to do three jobs:

1. Assess the condition of Connecticut's environment and report its findings annually to the Governor, and recommend actions to improve state environmental programs.

2. Advise other state agencies on the environmental impacts of proposed construction projects.

3. Investigate citizens' complaints and allegations of violations of environmental laws.

In addition, under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA), the Council reviews Environmental Impact Evaluations that state agencies develop for major projects. The Council also publishes the Environmental Monitor, the official website for state project information under CEPA and for notices of proposed sale or transfer of state-owned lands.

The Council participates in studies and working groups on environmental issues, as directed by the legislature.

The primary duties of the Council on Environmental Quality are described more fully in Sections 22a-11 through 22a-13 of the Connecticut General Statutes.

The Council is a nine-member board that works independently of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (except for purely administrative functions). The Chairman and four other members are appointed by the Governor, two members by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and two by the Speaker of the House. Members donate their time and expertise. They work closely with staff to shape the Council's priorities and recommendations.


Interested in serving on the Council on Environmental Quality?

 
The Council members serve a maximum eight-year term. Costs associated with travel to its monthly meetings are reimbursable. Though attendance remotely is allowed, you will want to meet the members in person. They are drawn to the Council due to their expertise in environmental science, law and governmental administration. The Council's duties are described above.

Current Membership:

Name  Appointed By   Appointed  Term Ends
 Keith Ainsworth  Speaker of the House  Mar. '19  Mar. '27
 Alicea Charamut  Governor  Dec. '15  Dec. 23
 Lee Dunbar  Governor  Mar. '13  Mar. '21
 David Kalafa  President Pro Tempore  Apr. ' 19  Apr. '27
 Kip Kolesinskas   Governor  Dec. '15  Dec. '23
 Matthew Reiser  Governor   Mar. '16  Mar. '24
 Charles Vidich  Speaker of the House  Nov. '16  Nov. '24
 

Currently Vacant:
Two (2) appointments by Governor
One (1) appointment by President Pro Tempore