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EPA - 125 - National Environmental Education Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameNational Environmental Education Advisory CouncilAgency NameEnvironmental Protection Agency
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number125
Original Establishment Date11/16/1990Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*11
Current Charter Date9/7/2022Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Environmental Education Specialist
Date Of Renewal Charter9/7/2024Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Javier
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority20 U.S.C. 5501 et. seq.Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Araujo
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*20 U.S.C. 5501 et. seq.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 564-2642
Effective Date Of Authority*11/16/1990Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-564-2753
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC) is charged with developing a biennial report assessing environmental education in the United States.
How is membership balanced?*NEEAC's balance is achieved through active recruiting of representatives from the following sectors (as prescribed by the National Environmental Education Act): business and industry; primary and secondary education; college and university; State Department of Education and natural resources; non-profit; and senior Americans.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The NEEAC expects to meet approximately one to two times a year in a face to face or virtual meetings, subject to availability of appropriation funding. The NEEAC expects to meet in FY 2023 as soon as the new members are empaneled.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The NEEAC represents the leading policy makers, practitioners, providers, and researchers in environmental education. No other EPA advisory committee has the expertise necessary to provide advice to the Agency on the issue of environmental education as a tool for achieving environmental protection and health goals and in supporting EPA's goals and priorities through state capacity building, environmental education research, and education reform. Environmental education is a process that develops the critical thinking and problem-solving skills citizens need to make good environmental and health protection decisions for their communities, nationally and globally. Environmental education is based on sound science and effective education practices and is used as a tool to promote and protect human health and the environment and to encourage student academic achievement. Environmental education is multi-disciplinary in focus.
Why close or partially close meetings?NEEAC meetings are not closed or partially closed to the public.
Recommendation RemarksAll members are Tier 1 (parent committee) members. There are no Tier 2 (subcommittee) members serving.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentFor the life of the Council, recommendations have had an impact on the spending decisions made by the Office of Environmental Education. OEE’s resources are better targeted to cost-effective programs and initiatives that include federal and other sector resources, at the greatest leverage points, and support the overall goals of environmental education and environmental protection. It is very difficult to do a cost/benefit analysis and other types of assessments for education programs. Research indicates that long-term, longitudinal studies are required to glean some understanding of the success of education programs on increased knowledge and improved student achievement as well as achieving environmental protection goals.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*21Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Council makes formal recommendations to the Agency through their reports to Congress. They have written 3 such documents, for a total of 21 recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*95.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThere is only one recommendation that the Agency has not fully or partially implemented: Update the National Environmental Education Act for the 21st Century. The Agency does not have the authority to implement this recommendation; only the Congress can pass legislation that would update the current environmental education act.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*5.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentOne of the recommendations has been partially implemented. The OEE Strategic Plan and EE Grants program is currently being integrated into the current OEE 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The Agency provides both verbal and written comments to the Council through the DFO who collates all the comments from the Environmental Education Division.Narrative Description*The NEEAC is charged with developing a biennial report assessing environmental education in the United States. NEEAC expects to meet as soon as the new members are empaneled in FY 2023. The National Environmental Education Act mandates the creation of the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). The purpose of the Council is “to advise, consult with, and make recommendations” to the EPA Administrator on matters relating to the activities, functions and policies of the National Environmental Education Act. The Office of Environmental Education carries out the design, implementation and management of those programs mandated by the Act, as well as the establishment of the advisory committee. The work of the Council focuses on providing the Office of Environmental Education (OEE) and the EPA Administrator with recommendations on improving and enhancing environmental education in the Agency. In addition, the Council serves as a national voice for environmental education, helping to provide a strategic vision in support of the field.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$108,823.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$111,765.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$1,650.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$378.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$3,678.00
Total Costs$109,201.00Est. Total Next FY*$117,093.00
Date Cost Last Modified5/4/2022 9:49 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.70Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Earth Sciences
Environmental Issues


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039176National Environmental Education Advisory Council2021
 COM-038026National Environmental Education Advisory Council2020
 COM-035590National Environmental Education Advisory Council2019
 COM-032755National Environmental Education Advisory Council2018
 COM-001705National Environmental Education Advisory Council2017
 COM-002517National Environmental Education Advisory Council2016
 COM-003837National Environmental Education Advisory Council2015
 COM-004659National Environmental Education Advisory Council2014
 COM-005964National Environmental Education Advisory Council2013
 COM-007072National Environmental Education Advisory Council2012
 COM-007846National Environmental Education Advisory Council2011
 COM-009207National Environmental Education Advisory Council2010
 COM-009903National Environmental Education Advisory Council2009
 COM-010916National Environmental Education Advisory Council2008
 COM-011824National Environmental Education Advisory Council2007
 COM-012756National Environmental Education Advisory Council2006
 COM-013874National Environmental Education Advisory Council2005
 COM-014645National Environmental Education Advisory Council2004
 COM-015619National Environmental Education Advisory Council2003
 COM-016621National Environmental Education Advisory Council2002
 COM-017790National Environmental Education Advisory Council2001
 COM-018582National Environmental Education Advisory Council2000
 COM-019531National Environmental Education Advisory Council1999
 COM-020703National Environmental Education Advisory Council1998
 COM-021583National Environmental Education Advisory Council1997