Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC)

The Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) focuses on the Town’s ecosystem, including recommended goals for environmental protection involving waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation, clean air and water, natural resources, and a sustainable community.

ESAC is chaired by our Environmental Specialist, Jim Osborn, who is a certified arborist, nurseryman & tree care safety expert with over 35 years of experience.


  • Preservation, enhancement, management and protection of Front Royal’s environment and natural resources.
  • Education, outreach, communications, and public awareness on the care of the Town’s environmental assets.
  • Proposed amendments and variations to environmental and natural resources-related policies, regulations, ordinances, and plans.
  • Changes to the Town’s Comprehensive Land-use Plan regarding sustainability and urban forestry planning.

Focal Projects

  • Maintaining Front Royal’s recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA town.
  • Coordinating with community organizations and volunteer groups to develop and implement environmental projects. 
  • Planning the annual Earth Day festival and Arbor Day ceremony.
  • Improving the health of our local watershed, with emphasis on Happy Creek.
  • Expanding the Town’s greenway, along with improving greenway safety and accessibility.

Regular Meetings 

Regular ESAC Meetings are held the Second Tuesday of every month from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Vibrissa.


  • Jim Osborn - Chairman
  • Jerome' Ray
  • Justin Proctor
  • Herschel Finch 
  • Taylor Clatterbuck
ESAC Group Photo