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Welcome to the EQC

The Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) is a seven-member citizen advisory board that works diligently to strengthen the public's role in solving environmental problems in our communities and the state.

The commission was created under state law with a mission to:

  • facilitate public discussion and resolution of environmental issues;
  • promote partnerships to protect the environment for future generations; and
  • serve as an advisory board to the governor and other state officials on environmental matters.

The strength of EQC is in its commissioners who work together for the benefit of the state and the environment.

The EQC is guided by its executive director, Arnita Gadson.

All meetings of the EQC begin at 6 p.m. at Kentucky State University, Academic Services Building, Room 509, in Frankfort. Citizens with an environmental concern are invited to testify.

Meetings are conducted through video conferencing sites located across the state. Sites are announced prior to each meeting. ​​

This year's scheduled meeting dates are as follows:

Jan. 28, 2016
March 24, 2016
April 15, 2016 -- Earth Day Award Ceremony at Berry Hill Mansion in Frankfort.
June 9-10, 2016 -- Annual two-day planning meeting

2016 EQC Earth Day Awards

Each year, the Environmental Quality Commission presents Earth Day awards to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to environmental protection and stewardship. To nominate an individual or group, mail a nomination form and any accompanying documentation to the EQC, 500 Mero Street, 12th floor, Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort, KY 40601.  You may also submit a nominiation through email to Sujatha Santhanam

The nomination deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016.

The awards will be presented at Noon on Friday, April 15, 2016, at Berry Hill Mansion in Frankfort. For more information, call (502) 564-2674.



Steve ColemanFrankfortChairman, retired director, Division of Conservation
Ron BruntyWhitesburgSoutheast Kentucky Community & Technical College
Tom HermanLouisvilleCorporate Environmental Manager, Zeon Chemicals L.P.
Jeffery EgerErlangerHDR Engineering
Benjamin PetersonPaducahCity of Paducah
Martha TarrantLexingtonRoss Tarrant Architects, Inc.