Edwardsville Environmental Commission

The Edwardsville Environmental Commission debuted in January 2024, the outcome of the merger of the Beautification and Tree Commission and the Cool Cities Initiative Advisory Committee. This new commission will focus on the various goals and unique efforts of the two former bodies, including matters relating to the environment, sustainability and beautification projects. It will include between seven and 11 members, appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council.

The commission’s duties include:
  • Alterations to the arboricultural specifications manual and the Tree Management Plan;
  • Policy concerning selection, planting, maintenance and removal of trees and plants within the city;
  • Allocation of funds to arboricultural, horticultural, environmental activity, and expenditures of such funds;
  • Establishment of educational and informational programs, disseminating information about protection of the environment, the conservation of energy, and the protection, maintenance and improvement of the City’s tree population;
  • Advising City Council on matters relating to sustainability, the protection of the environment, the conservation of energy, the City’s natural resources, recycling, and urban forestry;
  • Development of policies and procedures regarding the arborist's duties, with the approval of director of Parks and Recreation and/or Director of Public Works;
  • Recommendations to the City Council regarding the adoption of LEED building strategies for public development and redevelopment;
  • Advising the City Council on sustainability, urban forestry, native plants, and beautification projects;
  • Administering the Green Cities Challenge;
  • Hearing and determining, by majority vote, all issues of the disputes which arise between the city arborist and any such person whenever those issues involve matters of the interpretation or enforcement of the arboricultural specifications manual, the urban forestry plan, or of the interpretation or enforcement of this article, including disputes regarding the issuance of permits.

Meeting Information

Date: Third Wednesday of each month

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: City Hall, 118 Hillsboro Avenue

(Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change. Click here to confirm details.) 

Agendas and Minutes

View most recent Edwardsville Environmental Commission agendas and minutes here.

(Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available after approval.)

To view agendas and minutes of the former Edwardsville Beautification and Tree Commission, click here.

To view agendas and minutes of the former Cool Cities Initiative Advisory Committee, click here

Committee Members:
  • Sarah Cundiff, Chair
  • Susan Bautsch
  • Michael Katich
  • Cara Lytle
  • Stephanie Malench
  • Ken Noll
  • Jan Ruckman
  • Clint Soldan
  • Rachel Thompkins
  • Scott Weber
  • Sherrill Wible
Ex-officio Members:

Emerald Ash BorerEmerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is a bright metallic-green beetle that may be smaller than a dime, but it is capable of taking down ash trees thousands of times its size. Unfortunately, this beetle is infecting ash trees around Edwardsville. For more information, please go to the Emerald Ash Borer Webpage.

Tree Planting ProgramTree Planting Program-website

The Edwardsville Environmental Commission is pleased to offer the opportunity for residents to participate in the City's Tree Planting Program. This program enables residents to be reimbursed one-half the cost (up to $100) of purchasing and planting one approved tree each year at their primary place of residence within Edwardsville City limits. Please go to the program's webpage for more information. 

Green Thumb AwardGreen Thumb Award logo

The Edwardsville Environmental Commission presents the Green Thumb Award to annually honor projects that beautify Edwardsville through landscaping, flowering and edible gardening efforts. Residential, neighborhood, commercial and civic beautification settings are eligible to be recognized. 

The awards were created by the City's former Beautification and Tree Commission to encourage projects that foster neighborhood and civic pride.  Award recipients receive a Green Thumb sign to post on their property for one month. Please visit the program's webpage for more information!

Edwardsville Sustainability Plan

In 2021, the City Council approved a Sustainability Plan that offers projects, goals and policies to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations of Edwardsville residents. That plan can be found here, and the resolution authorizing the Sustainability Plan can be found here.

Pollinator PathwayDowntown flower pots-0523

In June of 2023, Edwardsville was designated as Illinois' first Pollinator Pathway city. The designation came from the nonprofit Pollinator Pathway group, which supports and promotes efforts to establish continuous areas of pollinator-friendly habitat and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating wildlife. The recognition sprang from the efforts of numerous groups in Edwardsville, and aims to address the declining population of pollinators, such as native bees and monarch butterflies. Visit the Pollinator Pathway website to learn about the project, see participating sites in Edwardsville, add your native garden or space and find resources to help. Read more about the Pollinator Pathway here.