Welcome to the
Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality
NEW! The Council on Environmental Quality held a public forum on Thursday, December 5, 2013 to hear comments from the public on the Council's draft recommendations for legislation for 2014. The Council will discuss those comments and the draft recommendations at its December 18 regular meeting.
A summary of the public forum will be published here soon. Meanwhile, you can view a Connecticut Network video of the entire forum (about two hours in length).
Read the Council's Draft Recommendations (PDF)
What We Do
Keep you informed of the state's environmental progress
The Council on Environmental Quality is the state agency that monitors environmental progress and makes recommendations for correcting deficiencies in state laws and programs. Environmental Quality in Connecticut is the annual report that displays trends in the quality of our air, land, wildlife, rivers and streams.
You can contact the Council when you believe someone (or some agency) might be violating environmental laws. The Council will investigate. On occasion, residents report activities that are damaging to the environment but cannot be addressed under current laws; in those cases, the Council will recommend that the General Assembly amend the relevant laws. Sometimes a single complaint will result in a special report.
Review state projects
The Council has several responsibilities for assisting other agencies under the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act. Please contact the Council if you have questions or concerns about the environmental impacts of a state project. Read about current state projects and land transfers in the Environmental Monitor.
About the Council
The Council is a nine-member board that works independently of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The Chairman and four other members are appointed by the Governor; two members are appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and two by the Speaker of the House. Read more about the official duties of the Council here and in Sections 22a-11 through 22a-13 of the Connecticut General Statutes. All Council meetings are open to the public.