Environment and Sustainability Commission


The City of Athens Environment and Sustainability Commission was created by Athens City Council in 2012. The commission was established as a means to implement environment and sustainability goals as outlined in the city’s comprehensive plan and as stated by city council and the city administration. The commission is tasked with providing advice and guidance on measures and policies that protect the environment and insure greater sustainability.


The Commission consists of eleven members. Nine members are appointed by Athens City Council (six shall be residents of the city, three may reside outside the corporate limits and one of the nine shall be an Ohio University student). One member shall be a representative of City Council. One member shall be the Mayor’s representative.

 Members Term Ending
Clodfelter, Beth8/4/25
Conley-Ballew, Sarah8/19/25
Crowl, Sam (City Council Representative) N/A
Delach, Aimee (Chair)5/31/26
Goetz, Elaine5/31/24
City Planner (Mayor's Representative)N/A
Newman, Ed (Vice-Chair) 2/19/26
Pierce, Sean (Student Representative)4/16/26
Stanley, Molly Jo4/16/26
Westervelt, Megan  5/3/24


  • 1st Wednesday of every month
  • 6:00 PM
  • First floor front conference room City Building

Please check the city’s online web calendar to confirm as locations, dates, and times do periodically change.

Meeting agendas and minutes  are available on the Agenda Center.

Sustainability Plan

In 2015 the sustainability commission launched a public process in order to create a sustainability plan for the City of Athens. The final draft of the plan was presented to Athens City Council on March 13, 2017. The plan is designed to support local sustainability initiatives and to encourage both residents and the city administration to move towards sustainability. Click here to read the 2018 Sustainability Plan Update. The first edition can be reviewed by clicking here

Greenhouse Gas Inventory

The City of Athens completed a greenhouse gas inventory during the Summer of 2022 to analyze and create a baseline assessment from 2019 data. In summary, the City of Athens produces 5.3 metric tons of CO2 per capita compared to the National average of 19.9 and State average of 21.2 metric tons. The City would average 6.3 metric tons if not part of an electric aggregation program. The City is a leader statewide and nationally as one of the lowest producers of greenhouse gases. The full report can be found here