Committees and Advisory Boards


DEP provides staff support for the County Executive’s Climate, Energy, and Air Quality Advisory Committee (CEAQAC), which generally meets once a month at DEP’s offices. To get involved in CEAQAC or other County Boards,  Committees, and Commissions, visit the Office of the County Executive’s webpage.


Climate, Energy, and Air Quality Advisory Committee

The Climate, Energy, and Air Quality Advisory Committee (CEAQAC) is charged with advising the Montgomery County Executive and Council on issues related to energy and air quality. CEAQAC was established by Montgomery County Code Chapter 18A-5.  The Committee is comprised of 15 County residents appointed by the County Executive and approved by the County Council.

The Committee has the following duties:

  • Comment on or assist in developing recommendations to promote and implement immediate and long-range policies and programs aimed at:
    • ​Meeting the County’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals
    • Promoting cleaner, more efficient, and more reliable energy use and practice in all segments of the community
    • Meeting air quality standards and to promote healthy indoor and outdoor air quality
  • Encourage voluntary participation in climate-related efforts, energy conservation efforts, and air quality improvements
  • Identify and recommend innovative programs, policies and technologies to implement regarding climate, energy and air quality
  • Educate the public and private sectors about the efficient use of energy and its direct benefits for improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Carry out duties assigned from time to time by the County Executive and the County Council.



CEAQAC generally meets on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7-9 p.m. Upcoming CEAQAC meetings are posted on the County's Events Calendar, which can be found by filtering all events by the "Boards, Committees & Commissions" Category, then using the calendar search function for 'Climate'.

CEAQAC meetings are open to the public. Meetings may be postponed due to holidays, weather, or other factors, so please contact DEP to determine if the Committee is meeting at the designated time and place.

MEETING ACCESSIBILITY POLICY: Sign language interpreter services and other auxiliary aids or services will be provided upon request with as much advance notice as possible, preferably at least five (5) full business days before the next CEAQAC meeting. To request any reasonable accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact Lindsey Shaw in advance at or please call 240-777-7754. In all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations. For any additional questions or concerns, please contact, or MD Relay 711.

NOTE:  Due to the current health crisis and stay-at-home orders, CEAQAC is meeting virtually. If you would like to attend the virtual meeting as a member of the public, please contact us at for teleconference details. 


Meeting Agendas and Notes

Agendas and approved notes from previous meetings are available for download. You may need Adobe PDF Reader to view the files on this page.

Members of the public can also contact to request upcoming meeting agendas, prior meeting notes, and virtual access to meetings.



  • Roy Dietchman
  • Teresa Doley
  • Christopher Fang Brehm, Chair
  • Michal Freedman
  • Karl Held
  • Jennifer Helgeson
  • Karen M. Safer
  • Linda Silverman
  • Maria Edisa Soppelsa
  • James Wang
  • Carlos Camacho
  • Reid Detchon
  • Drake Starling
Learn more about the current members of CEAQAC by reading their bios (PDF, 763KB).

County Executive Urging Radon Testing in Existing Homes (PDF , 64KB) 


Letters to County Executive Concerning Radon  ( PDF, 64KB) – Recommendations Concerning Prevention of Lung Cancer by Reducing Radon Exposure.

Letter to Council President Nancy Navarro  ( PDF, 63KB)- Recommendations Concerning Prevention of Lung Cancer by Reducing Radon Exposure.

Letter to Council Vice President Craig Rice ( PDF, 64KB) – Recommendations Concerning Prevention of Lung Cancer by Reducing Radon Exposure.  


  • ​February 2013 ( PDF, 84KB)

  • Between 2013 and 2014, the EAQAC continued to meet, though notes are not available.