[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 26 (Monday, February 9, 2015)]
[Pages 6958-6959]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-02572]




Announcement of the Board of Directors for the National 
Environmental Education Foundation

AGENCY: Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, 
Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation 
(doing business as The National Environmental Education Foundation or 
NEEF) was created by Section 10 of Public Law 101-619, the National 
Environmental Education Act of 1990. It is a private 501(c)(3) non-
profit organization established to promote and support education and 
training as necessary tools to further environmental protection and 
sustainable, environmentally sound development. It provides the common 
ground upon which leaders from business and industry, all levels of 
government, public interest groups, and others can work cooperatively 
to expand the reach of environmental education and training programs 
beyond the traditional classroom. The Foundation promotes innovative 
environmental education and training programs such as environmental 
education for medical healthcare providers and broadcast 
meteorologists; it also develops partnerships with government and other 
organizations to administer projects that promote the development of an 
environmentally literal public. The Administrator of the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, as required by the terms of the Act, 
announces the following appointment to the National Environmental 
Education Foundation Board of Directors. The appointee is George 
Basile, Ph.D., a Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona 
State University (ASU), a Senior Sustainability Scientist in ASU's 
Global Institute of Sustainability and Affiliate Professor in the 
School on Public Affairs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice 
of Appointment, please contact Mr. Brian Bond, Senior Advisor to the 
Administrator for Public Engagement, U.S. EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC 20460. General information concerning NEEF can be 
found on their Web site at: http://www.neefusa.org.

    Additional Considerations: Great care has been taken to assure that 
this new appointee not only has the highest degree of expertise and 
commitment, but also brings to the Board diverse points of view 
relating to environmental education. This appointment is a four-year 
term which may be renewed once for an additional four years pending 
successful re-election by the NEEF nominating committee.
    This appointee will join the current Board members which include:

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     Decker Anstrom (NEEF Chairman) Former U.S. Ambassador, 
Retired Chairman, The Weather Channel Companies
     Trish Silber (NEEF Vice Chair) President, Aliniad 
Consulting Partners, Inc.
     Diane Wood (NEEF Secretary) President, National 
Environmental Education Foundation
     Carlos Alcazar, Founder and Chairman, Culture ONE World
     Megan Reilly Cayten, Co-Founder and Chief Executive 
Officer, Catrinka, LLC
     Philippe Cousteau, Co-Founder and CEO, EarthEcho 
     David M. Kiser, Vice President, Environment, Health, 
Safety and Sustainability, International Paper
     Wonya Lucas, President, Lucas Strategic Consulting
     Shannon Schuyler, Principal, Corporate Responsibility 
Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
     Jacqueline M. Thomas, Vice President of Corporate 
Responsibility, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.
    Background: Section 10(a) of the National Environmental Education 
Act of 1990 mandates a National Environmental Education Foundation. The 
Foundation is established in order to extend the contribution of 
environmental education and training to meeting critical environmental 
protection needs, both in this country and internationally; to 
facilitate the cooperation, coordination, and contribution of public 
and private resources to create an environmentally advanced educational 
system; and to foster an open and effective partnership among Federal, 
State, and local government, business, industry, academic institutions, 
community-based environmental groups, and international organizations.
    The Foundation is a charitable and nonprofit corporation whose 
income is exempt from tax, and donations to which are tax deductible to 
the same extent as those organizations listed pursuant to section 
501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The Foundation is not an 
agency or establishment of the United States. The purposes of the 
Foundation are--
    (A) subject to the limitation contained in the final sentence of 
subsection (d) herein, to encourage, accept, leverage, and administer 
private gifts for the benefit of, or in connection with, the 
environmental education and training activities and services of the 
United States Environmental Protection Agency;
    (B) to conduct such other environmental education activities as 
will further the development of an environmentally conscious and 
responsible public, a well-trained and environmentally literate 
workforce, and an environmentally advanced educational system;
    (C) to participate with foreign entities and individuals in the 
conduct and coordination of activities that will further opportunities 
for environmental education and training to address environmental 
issues and problems involving the United States and Canada or Mexico.
    The Foundation develops, supports, and/or operates programs and 
projects to educate and train educational and environmental 
professionals, and to assist them in the development and delivery of 
environmental education and training programs and studies.
    The Foundation has a governing Board of Directors (hereafter 
referred to in this section as `the Board'), which consists of 13 
directors, each of whom shall be knowledgeable or experienced in the 
environment, education and/or training. The Board oversees the 
activities of the Foundation and assures that the activities of the 
Foundation are consistent with the environmental and education goals 
and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency and with the 
intents and purposes of the Act. The membership of the Board, to the 
extent practicable, represents diverse points of view relating to 
environmental education and training. Members of the Board are 
appointed by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
    Within 90 days of the date of the enactment of the National 
Environmental Education Act, and as appropriate thereafter, the 
Administrator will publish in the Federal Register an announcement of 
appointments of Directors of the Board. Such appointments become final 
and effective 90 days after publication in the Federal Register. The 
directors are appointed for terms of 4 years. The Administrator shall 
appoint an individual to serve as a director in the event of a vacancy 
on the Board within 60 days of said vacancy in the manner in which the 
original appointment was made. No individual may serve more than 2 
consecutive terms as a director.

    Dated: February 3, 2015.
Gina McCarthy,

George Basile, Ph.D.

    Dr. Basile is currently a Professor in the School of Sustainability 
at Arizona State University (ASU), a Senior Sustainability Scientist in 
ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability and Affiliate Professor in the 
School of Public Affairs. He is also the Swedish Knowledge Foundation's 
Distinguished International Guest Professor of Sustainability-Driven 
Innovation. Dr. Basile's work has reframed sustainability as a 
``decision space'' and focuses on how to plan, lead and act 
strategically for emerging sustainability opportunities and challenges. 
Dr. Basile has been the Executive Director of the ASU Decision Theater, 
a unique systems exploration and application center. He has also served 
as a faculty affiliate and advisor to the Sustainability Consortium, a 
group of over 80 global businesses, universities and NGOs developing 
science-based standards for sustainable products. At ASU, Dr. Basile's 
activities include developing novel insights, strategic methods and 
tools that create solutions for sustainability including novel 
educational programs in sustainability and leadership in both the 
United States and the European Union and at both the undergraduate and 
graduate levels.
    Dr. Basile holds a B.S. in Physics from University of California, 
Irvine and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from University of California, 
Berkeley. His publications include a three[hyphen]volume edited set The 
Business of Sustainability (Praeger Press, 2011).

[FR Doc. 2015-02572 Filed 2-6-15; 8:45 am]