Natural Resources and Environmental Commission

Natural Resources and Environmental Commission

Meeting Information

The Natural Resources and Environmental Commission (NREC) meets every 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Tune in with us!

Next Meeting:
The July 23 NREC Meeting has been Cancelled
Tuesday, August 27th, 2024 - 7:00pm
Council Chambers: 1424 Mission St.

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54953, subdivision (e) (3), the meetings of the Natural Resources and Environmental Commission will be conducted by video conference and in person. Members of the public have the option to participate via Zoom using the following link:

Zoom Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 880 7206 2700

  1. Go to the Zoom website, and enter the Zoom Meeting information accordingly; or
  2. Click on the following unique Zoom meeting link:; or
  3. You may listen to the meeting by calling: +1-669-900-6833 and entering the Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode when prompted to do so.

For additional Zoom assistance with telephone audio, you may find your local number at:

Watch Commission Meetings on YouTube (November 2020 - Present)

Purpose, Membership, and Terms

The Natural Resources and Environmental Commission (NREC) is a seven member body that is advisory to the City Council in all matters pertaining to energy, science and technology, and natural resources and the environment. The NREC assists the City in the planning, programming, use, and conservation of energy and natural resources, as well as conducts tree removal hearings when needed. Qualifications for serving on the commission consist of being a resident elector (registered voter) of the city. Members are appointed to a three-year term, with a maximum length of service of two full consecutive terms, plus one partial term (if applicable).

View information on the City's environmental programs.

Commission Members

  • Michael Siegel, Chair (Term ends 12/31/2025)
  • Emily Ng, Vice Chair (Term ends 12/31/2026)
  • Rona Bortz, Commissioner (Term ends 12/31/2024)
  • Liam R. de Villa Bourke, Commissioner (Term ends 12/31/2024)
  • Amy Davis Jones, Commissioner (Term 12/31/2025)
  • Casey Law, Commissioner (Term ends 12/31/2024)
  • Richard Tom, Commissioner (Term ends 12/31/2024)

Staff Liaison
Arpy Kasparian, Environmental Services & Sustainability Manager
(626) 403-7253

City Council Liaison
Michael Cacciotti, Councilmember

Public Comment

The NREC welcomes public input. If you would like to comment on any agenda item, members of the public may participate by means of one of the following options:

Option 1: Participants will be able to “raise their hand” using the Zoom icon during the meeting, and they will have their microphone un-muted during the comment portion of the agenda to speak for up to 3 minutes; or

Option 2: Email public comment(s) to:
Public Comments received in writing will not be read aloud at the meeting, but will be part of the meeting record. There is no word limit on emailed Public Comment(s).

Please make sure to indicate:

  1. your name (optional)
  2. what agenda item you are submitting public comment on, or if it is a general public comment
  3. your comment.

Public Comments must be received by 12:00 p.m., on the day of the Commission meeting to ensure adequate time to compile and post.

Agendas & Minutes

(C) = Cancelled
(R) = Rescheduled
(SM) = Special Meeting