Environmental advisory councils (EACs) are officially created arms of Pennsylvania’s municipal governments that focus exclusively on environmental conservation and improvement. Consisting of three to seven selected members, EACs act as advisors to the governing boards that appoint them and to the local planning commissions, giving municipal governments a pool of hometown talent to draw upon when they make decisions affecting the environmental resources in their communities. EACs undertake a wide variety of projects and information-gathering tasks, providing energy and objective, in-depth analysis about environmental resource issues. Since municipal ordinances and decisions advised by sound science often prove successful and enduring, EACs can be a huge benefit to the communities that create them. Any municipality or group of municipalities in Pennsylvania may create an EAC by ordinance, making this resource available wherever it may be needed.