The City Clerk’s Office Presents the Monthly Board Member Spotlight:
sandra howell, environMENTAL affairs board
1. Why would you encourage someone in the community to apply to be on a board, committee, or commission?
A significant and rewarding way to get involved in local affairs is to serve on a board, committee, or commission. It's a great chance to learn more about how the city and city government serve our communities. You can contribute your knowledge as a member while also actively influencing your neighborhood. I'd advise people to join boards, committees, and commissions to gain new knowledge, hear from various viewpoints, or simply "step outside of their comfort zone."
2. What do you enjoy most about serving on your particular board?
If you are passionate about a cause in your community, you will have the opportunity to give back in a different way. Serving on a board will introduce you to people from all over your city's communities and teach you how to work with a wide range of people. You will be able to learn about community issues such as waste, pollution, energy, climate, land use, and planning. The responsibility of being an advocate for the cause is what I enjoy most about serving on the Environmental Affairs Board.
3. What is your favorite part about living in Durham?
Being a part of every community and getting to know so many people through my profession, friends, and family members has been my favorite aspect of living in Durham. This is where I was born, educated, and raised my three sons.