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EPA Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education Staff Office; Request for Nominations of Candidates for the National Environmental Education Advisory Council

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education Staff Office is soliciting applicationsof environmental education professionals for consideration on the National EnvironmentalEducation Advisory Council (NEEAC). There are currently three vacancies on the AdvisoryCouncil that must be filled: one State Department of Education (2009-2012); one Primary and Secondary Education (2009-2012) and one senior American (2009-2012).Additional avenues and resources may be utilized in the solicitation of applications.

 

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Applications should be submitted by August 24, 2009 per instructions below.

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Submit non-electronic application materials to Ginger Potter, DesignatedFederal Officer, National Environmental Education Advisory Council, U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency, Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education(MC:1704A), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460, Ph: 202-564-0453, FAX:202-564-2754, e-mail: potter.ginger@epa.gov.

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For information regarding this Request for Nominations, please contact Ms. Ginger Potter, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), EPA National Environmental Education Advisory Council, at potter.ginger@epa.gov or(202) 564-0453. General information concerning NEEAC can be found on the EPA Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed.

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Background: Section 9 (a) and (b) of the National Environmental Education Act of 1990(Pub. L. L-101-619) mandates a National Environmental Education Advisory Council. TheAdvisory Council provides the Administrator with advice and recommendations on EPAimplementation of the National Environmental Education Act. In general, the Act is designed toincrease public understanding of environmental issues and problems, and to improve the trainingof environmental education professionals. EPA will achieve these goals, in part, by awardinggrants and/or establishing partnerships with other Federal agencies, State and local education and natural resource agencies, not-for-profit organizations, universities, and the private sector toencourage and support environmental education and training programs. The Council is alsoresponsible for preparing a national biennial report to Congress that will describe and assess theextent and quality of environmental education, discuss major obstacles to improvingenvironmental education, and identify the skill, education, and training needs for environmentalprofessionals.

The National Environmental Education Act requires that the Council be comprised of eleven (11) members appointed by the Administrator of EPA. Members represent a balance ofperspectives, professional qualifications, and experience. The Act specifies that members mustrepresent the following sectors: primary and secondary education (one of whom shall be aclassroom teacher)—two members; colleges and universities—two members; business andindustry—two members; nonprofit organizations involved in environmental education—twomembers; State departments of education and natural resources—one member each; seniorAmericans—one member. Members are chosen to represent various geographic regions of thecountry, and the Council strives for a diverse representation. The professional backgrounds ofCouncil members should include education, science, policy, or other appropriate disciplines.Each member of the Council shall hold office for a one (1) to three (3) year period. Members areexpected to participate in up to two (2) meetings per year and monthly or more conference callsper year. Members of the Council shall receive compensation and allowances, including travelexpenses, at a rate fixed by the Administrator.

Expertise Sought: The NEEAC staff office seeks candidates with demonstrated experience and/or knowledge in any of the following environmental education issue areas:(a) Integrating environmental education into State and local education reform and improvement;(b) State, local and Tribal level capacity building; (c) cross-sector partnerships; (d) leveragingresources for environmental education; (e) design and implementation of environmental education research; (f) evaluation methodology; professional development for teachers and other education professionals; and (g) targeting under-represented audiences, including low-income, multi-cultural, senior citizens and other adults.

The NEEAC staff office is also looking for individuals who demonstrate the ability to make the time commitment, strong leadership skills, strong analytical skills, strong communication and writing skills, the ability to stand apart and evaluate programs in an unbiased manner, team players, have the conviction to follow-through and to meet deadlines, and the ability to review items on short notice.

How to Submit Applications: Any interested and qualified individuals may be considered for appointment on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council. Applications should be submitted in electronic format to the Designated Federal Officer potter.ginger@epa.gov) and contain the following: contact information including name, address, phone and fax numbers and an e-mail address; a curriculum vita or resume; the specific area of expertise in environmental education and the sector/slot the applicant is applying for; recent service on other national advisory committees or national professional organizations; and a one-page commentary on the applicant's philosophy regarding the need for, development, implementation and/or management of environmental education nationally. Additionally, a supporting letter of endorsement is required. This letter may also be submitted electronically as described above.

Persons having questions about the application procedure or who are unable to submitapplications by electronic means, should contact Ginger Potter, DFO, at the contact informationprovided above in this notice. Non-electronic submissions must contain the same information asthe electronic. The NEEAC Staff Office will acknowledge receipt of the application. TheNEEAC Staff Office will develop a short list for more detailed consideration. Short listcandidates will be required to fill out the Confidential Disclosure Form for Special GovernmentEmployees Serving Federal Advisory Committees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency(EPA Form 3110-48). This confidential form allows government officials to determine whetherthere is a statutory conflict between that person's public responsibilities (which includemembership on a Federal advisory committee) and private interests and activities and theappearance of a lack of impartiality as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewedand downloaded from the following URL address: http://www.epa.gov/sab/pdf/epaform3110-48.pdf.

Dated: June 24, 2009.

Ginger Potter,

Designated Federal Officer.

[FR Doc. E9-16073 Filed 7-7-09; 8:45 am]

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