Commission On Environmental Quality

The Commission on Environmental Quality is empowered to formulate department policy, enforce rules and regulations, receive funding, conduct studies for using the state’s resources, and discharge duties, responsibilities and powers as necessary.

The seven members are appointed by the Governor–one from each 1978 Congressional District and two at-large.  The members serve staggered, seven-year terms, and advice and consent of the Senate is required.


Chair: John Dane III (Fifth District)

Vice Chair: Brenda Lathan (Second District)

Jack Winstead (Third District)

W.J. (Billy) Van Devender (At-Large)

Jamie Martin (Fourth District)

Patrick L. Johnson, Jr. (First District)

Chat Phillips (At-Large)

Meeting Date, Time, and Location

The Commission routinely meets at 9:00 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Telephonic Meeting Notice Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Thursday, April 22, 2021 meeting with be held through a telephone conference call. The conference call will be initiated at 9:00 a.m.. The public is invited to hear the deliberations of the Commission telephonically by dialing 1-888-822-7517 and entering Participant Code 1649618#. Visitors are requested to place their phones on the mute setting so the Commission can conduct its deliberations without interruption.