National Environmental Education Advisory Council

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The National Environmental Education Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from organizations other than the federal government who provide EPA with advice on environmental education. The Council provides EPA with a better understanding of the needs of schools, universities, state departments (of education and natural resources) and educational organizations.

The Designated Federal Officer for the National Environmental Education Advisory Council is Javier Araujo ( or 202-564-2642).

NEEAC Members

Stakeholder Perspective
State and EPA Region
Dr. Mark L. Kraus
Colleges and Universities
Florida – Region 4
Dr. Edna L. Negron-Martinez
Colleges and Universities
Puerto Rico – Region 2
Dr. Kelly Keena, Chair
Primary and Secondary Education
Colorado – Region 8
Caroline Lewis
Primary and Secondary Education
Florida – Region 4
Richard Gonzales, Vice-Chair
Not for Profit Organizations
Texas – Region 6
Angie Chen
Not for Profit Organizations
California – Region 9
Scott Frazier
Business and Industry
Montana – Region 8
Cara D. Gizzi
Business and Industry
Massachusetts – Region 1
Anne Stephens
State Departments of Education and Natural Resources
California – Region 9
Vidette (Kiki) Corry
State Departments of Education and Natural Resources
Texas – Region 6
Kenneth John Gembel
Michigan – Region 5
Andrea Falken U.S. Department of Education Ex-Officio

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Upcoming Meetings

The NEEAC will hold public teleconferences on Monday July 7, 2014, August 21, 2014 and Friday September 12, 2014, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. MT. See the Federal Register Notice for details. For further information, contact:

Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer,


Members of the public wishing to gain access to the teleconference, make brief oral comments, or provide a written statement to the NEEAC must contact Javier Araujo, Designated Federal Officer ( or 202-564-2642) within 10 business days of each regularly scheduled meeting.  

Meeting Materials and Summaries


1. Committee's Official Designation (Title):

National Environmental Education Advisory Council

2. Authority:

This charter renews the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC)in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App.2. The NEEAC was created by Congress to advise, consult with, and make recommendations to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on matters related to activities, functions and policies of EPA under the National Environmental Education Act (the Act). 20 U.S.C. § 5508(b).

3. Objectives and Scope of Activities:

The NEEAC will provide advice, information, and make recommendations on matters related to activities, functions and policies of EPA under the Act.

The major objectives are to provide advice and recommendations on:

a. The biennial report to Congress assessing environmental education in the United States (§ 9(d)(1) of the Act).

b. EPA's solicitation, review, and selection processes for the training and grant programs.

c. The merits of individual proposals to operate the § 5 training program and the § 6 grant program, as requested by EPA.

d. Overall implementation of the Act.

4. Description of Committees Duties:

The duties of the NEEAC are to provide advice to EPA.

5. Official(s) to Whom the Committee Reports:

The NEEAC will submit advice and recommendations and report to the EPA Administrator through the Office of Public Affairs (OPA).

6. Agency Responsible for Providing the Necessary Support:

EPA will be responsible for financial and administrative support. Within EPA, this support will be provided by the Office of Environmental Education, within the Office of Public Affairs (OPA), under the Office of the Administrator.

7. Estimated Annual Operating Costs and Work Years:

The estimated annual operating cost of the NEEAC is $140,000 which includes 0.7 person-years of support.

8. Designated Federal Officer:

A full-time or permanent part-time employee of EPA will be appointed as the DFO. The DFO or a designee will be present at all of the advisory committee’s and subcommittee meetings. Each meeting will be conducted in accordance with an agenda approved in advance by the DFO. The DFO is authorized to adjourn any meeting when he or she determines it is in the public interest to do so, and will chair meetings when directed to do so by the official to whom the committee reports.

9. Estimated Number and Frequency of Meetings:

The NEEAC expects to meet approximately one (1) to two (2) times a year, subject to the availability of appropriations. EPA will pay travel and per diem expenses when determined necessary and appropriate.

As required by FACA, the NEEAC will hold open meetings unless the EPA Administrator determines that a meeting or a portion of a meeting may be closed to the public in accordance with subsection c of Section 552(b) of Title 5, United States Code. Interested persons may attend meetings, appear before the committee as time permits, and file comments with the NEEAC.

10. Duration and Termination:

The Act specifically exempts the NEEAC from section 14(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act relating to termination 20 U.S.C. § 5508(b)(6).The NEEAC, however, will file a new charter every two years.

11. Member Composition:

The NEEAC will be composed of eleven (11) members appointed by the EPA Administrator, or designee, after consultation with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Members will serve as Special Government Employees (SGE), however, the conflict of interest provision at 18 U.S.C. § 208(a) does not apply to members’ participation in particular matters which affect the financial interests of their employers. 20 U.S.C. § 5508(b)(2). SGE pay rates will be determined by EPA's Administrator, but may not exceed the daily equivalent of the annual rate for a GS-18 Federal employee.

As required by the Act, the membership of the NEEAC will consist of: two members representing primary and secondary education (including one classroom teacher); two members representing colleges and universities; two members representing not-for-profit organizations involved in environmental education; two members representing State departments of education and natural resources; two members representing business and industry; and one member representing senior Americans. In addition, a representative of the Secretary of Education will serve as an ex officio member and a representative of the National Environmental Education Foundation may serve as an advisor to the NEEAC.

12. Subgroups:

EPA, or the NEEAC with EPA’s approval, may form NEEAC subcommittees or workgroups for any purpose consistent with this charter. Such subcommittees or workgroups may not work independently of the chartered committee and must report their recommendations and advice to the NEEAC for full deliberation and discussion. Subcommittees or workgroups have no authority to make decisions on behalf of the chartered committee nor can they report directly to the Agency.

13. Recordkeeping:

The records of the committee, formally and informally established subcommittees, or other subgroups of the committee, shall be handled in accordance with NARA General Records Schedule 26, Section 2 and EPA Records Schedule 181 or other approved agency records disposition schedule. Subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, these records shall be available for public inspection and copying, in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

November 1, 2012- Agency Approval Date

November 9, 2012 -Date Filed with Congress