Planned Changes to ITRC Governance
With the continued travel restrictions by states and concern associated with COVID-19, ITRC will be moving the ITRC Annual Meeting to Fall 2021 (dates coming soon!). As ITRC evaluates what that change in meeting means across the organization, it has generated a need for the ITRC Governance Document to be amended. Per the ITRC Governance Document Section 11. Amendments, “the “ITRC Governance Document” may be amended by majority vote of the general Membership." With that, ITRC is reaching out to our general membership to initiate a 30-day notice prior to the vote.

On November 23, 2020, ITRC will send a poll to the 2020 ITRC Membership with two questions:

·     Do you approve of a change to the ITRC Governance Document (Section 3.3. Voting Privilege) to allow for electronic and/or in-person voting on anything requiring a vote of the membership (this will include the Co-Chair elections as needed)? 

YES or NO

·     Do you approve of a change to the ITRC Governance Document (Section 11. Amendments) to define a majority of members as more than 50% of those voting in a specific period of time? 

YES or NO 

Polling Opens November 23, 2020

We are asking our 2020 Members to return a vote for the two questions that will allow ITRC to update the Governance Document and initiate the election of a new Board of Advisors Co-Chair. Richard Spiese (Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation) will be ending his three-year term at the beginning of 2021. Without a scheduled Annual Meeting, ITRC would be left without a Co-Chair until the next “regular meeting of the general membership."

ITRC will issue the poll to the 2020 ITRC Membership on November 23rd and keep voting open for 21 days, closing on December 14, 2020.

As the organization has grown in membership, we recognize the challenge in meeting the old terminology of “by majority vote." We hope that the voting will allow us to further define that terminology.

If you have any questions or concerns associated with the pending vote and proposed changes to the ITRC Governance Document (which can be viewed here on the ITRC website), please contact Patty Reyes, preyes@ecos.org. And as always, thank you for your continued contribution to ITRC! It’s been an incredible 25 years, and I look forward to many more!

ITRC is a program of the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS). ERIS is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the District of Columbia and managed by the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS).