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About the Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program

EPA’s Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program partners Tribal College and University (TCU) professors with EPA scientists to solve the environmental problems most important to their tribal communities. The Program is currently seeking applications for the 2014-2015 academic year. To apply, please fill out and submit the application.

Apply Now: Tribal ecoAmbassador Program Accepting Applications (PDF) (6 pp, 324K,  About PDF)

This 2013-2014 group of Tribal ecoAmbassadors includes:
  • Menominee College – EnergyStar overhaul on campus
  • Northwest Indian College – Using community gardening to sustain traditional ecological knowledge
  • Little Big Horn College – Assessing and mitigating surface water contamination
  • Tohono O'odham Community College – Strengthening the local economy by developing construction materials out of recycled glass

At the end of this academic year,  EPA’s Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program has given over 100 TCU students the opportunity to  work with their professors and EPA scientists while solving environmental problems in their communities, 3 transferable online courses are ready to share with other TCUs, and over a dozen new partnerships have been formed to support this great work long-term.

Tribal ecoAmbassador David Stone from Tohono O'odham Community College sits with two students on a bench made entirely of carbon-negative materials.

Read about results from last year's projects

For more information or to apply for next year’s program, check out the brochure or contact Marissa McInnis at mcinnis.marissa@epa.gov.


"Building stronger tribal partnerships and increasing our support for tribal communities is one of our top priorities," said EPA Assistant Administrator Michelle DePass. "This group of Ambassadors represents an effective partnership where the tribal community can direct EPA resources to the most pressing environmental problems they face, and to start developing solutions."

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For more information contact EPA's Marissa McInnis at (202) 564-2467 or mcinnis.marissa@epa.gov

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