The purpose of the Commission is to identify environmental issues and problems affecting the City of Phoenix and recommend to the City Council appropriate roles for the City in addressing those issues or problems in a manner which protects, restores, or enhances the natural and urban environments. To this end, the Commission may, at the City Council's request, recommend the following: 1) An Environmental Resource Policy to guide City actions in the protection, restoration, and enhancement of the natural and urban environments. 2) City positions on proposed State and Federal legislation, regulations, and programs affecting the City. 3) New City ordinances, regulations, or policies and changes in City procedures, programs or activities to protect, restore or enhance the natural and urban environments. 4) Foster citizen involvement in City and other activities which affect the quality of the environment. 5) Assist the City Council and City departments in developing systematic methods to identify the effect of proposed programs, actions, ordinances, or resolutions on the environment and to mitigate adverse effects. 6) Make available information and hold hearings. 7) Consult with City departments and outside experts from within the State or from other states.
This Commission shall consist of fifteen (15) citizens appointed by the City Council. Appointments shall be for a term of three (3) years. Any vacancy occurring shall be filled by appointment by the City Council will be for the balance of the unexpired term. The City Council shall also appoint the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Commission, which appointments shall be for a term of one year.