The governing body of the Houston-Galveston AERCO Board of Directors includes 18 members appointed by the H-GAC Board. AERCO legislation requires the membership of the AERCO Board to include representation from each of the counties in the non-attainment area, and from each of five groups: general public; large industry; small regulated business; environmental; and economic development. These groups are defined as follows:
Members are appointed, given the above representation requirements, with due consideration of the relative emissions or relative potential to reduce emissions specific to each of the geographic areas within the non-attainment area. This geographic distribution combined with the interests represented allow the Board to effectively achieve the balance between improved air quality and economic growth.