EPA Announces Selected Tribal eco-Ambassadors
New initiative leverages knowledge and resources to solve environmental problems impacting Tribal communities
The USEPA is proud to announce new Tribal EcoAmbassadors, who over the course of this year will be supported by EPA as they work to expand the conversation on environmentalism to their communities while developing locally-relevant solutions to protect public health and the environment.
Selected professors from eight different Tribal Colleges and Universities will work with a group of students to solve environmental and public health issues ranging from sustainable building materials to monitoring of local drinking water wells. The professors will collaborate closely with neighboring tribes and EPA scientists to ensure that available resources are leveraged and resulting data is verified.
The Tribal EcoAmbassadors include:
- Deborah Hunter and Laretta Hall, Turtle Mountain Community College
- Jane Latane and David Stone, Tohono O'odham Community College
- Kerry Hartman, Fort Berthold Community College
- Zara Berg and Renee Dufault, Fort Peck Community College
- Rachel Brazil, Candeska Cikana Community College
- Sara Plaggmeyer, Little Big Horn College
- Marnie Carroll, Diné College
- Grace Bulltail, United Tribes Technical College
"Building stronger tribal partnerships and increasing our support for Tribal communities is one of our top priorities," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "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."
Selected Tribal EcoAmbassadors received an average grant of $40,000 to support a group of students in a year-long research initiative, resulting in a published report outlining their community engagement and research process, conclusions, and proposed solutions to the chosen environmental of public health challenge. The pilot program will culminate with each Tribal EcoAmbassador presenting their research and findings at the Tribal Science Council meeting in summer 2012.
For information on Tribal ecoAmbassadors: http://www.epa.gov/ecoambassadors/tribal/index.html
For information on EPA EcoAmbassador programs: http://www.epa.gov/ecoambassadors/index.html