In general, an EAC should develop programs and products to:
- Assist local officials in making policy decisions that relate to natural resource conservation.
- Educate the public on natural resource protection and other environmental issues.
- Coordinate activities to improve the municipality’s environment.
Before launching any projects, an EAC should always assess its capabilities and the demands of proposed projects. Setting unrealistic goals or over-extending is not a good practice, particularly when the key players’ only motivation is their own interest. There is a range of projects that can be undertaken and tailored to meet the capabilities of every council. All councils should strive to establish a reputation for being able to undertake and complete worthwhile projects and demonstrate that the council can make a difference. This is necessary to sustain the attention of volunteer members and to gain the confidence of the elected officials and appointed boards the council advises.