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Nominations to the NEJAC

The nomination process for NEJAC Membership is now open until March 24, 2021.

VACANCIES

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. EPA is seeking nominations to fill approximately seven (7) new vacancies for terms through September 2022. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by September 2021. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent:

  • Community-based organizations (2 vacancies)
  • State and Local (2 vacancies)
  • Tribal governments/ Indigenous organizations (1 vacancy)
  • NGOs (1 vacancy)
  • Academia (1 vacancy)

Regions we are focused on recruiting for new NEJAC Members are 1,2, 7, 8, 9, and 10

NEJAC Member Location

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NOMINATIONS

Any interested person and/or organization may nominate qualified individuals for membership. The EPA values and welcomes diversity.   Individuals are encouraged to self nominate.  In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, the Agency encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups from all geographic locations of the United States of America. All nominations will be fully considered, but applicants need to be aware of the specific representation sought as outlined above. In addition, EPA is seeking nominees/applicants with knowledge in:

  • Youth perspectives and youth development,
  • Environmental measures,
  • Public health/health disparities,
  • Water Infrastructure and other water concerns,
  • Farmworker and pesticides,
  • Community sustainability and resiliency,
  • Green jobs and green infrastructure,
  • Land use and equitable development,
  • Emerging inclusion of sub-populations such as the homeless, veterans, prisoners, etc.

Other criteria used to evaluate nominees will include:

  • the background and experience that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the committee (e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational background, professional affiliations, and other considerations;
  • demonstrated experience with environmental justice and community sustainability issues at the national, state, or local level;
  • excellent interpersonal and consensus-building skills;
  • ability to volunteer time to attend meetings 2-3 times a year, participate in teleconference meetings, attend listening sessions with the Administrator or other senior-level officials, develop policy recommendations to the Administrator, and prepare reports and advice letters; and  
  • willingness to commit time to the committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively and effectively on committees.

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HOW TO SUBMIT NOMINATIONS 

Any interested person or organization may nominate qualified persons to be considered for appointment to this advisory council.  Individuals are encouraged to self-nominate. Nominations can be submitted in electronic format (preferred) following the template attached below. To be considered, all nominations should include:

  • A completed Nomination Form
  • Resume and a short biography describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee/applicate, including a list of relevant activities, and any current or previous service on advisory committees emailed to nejac@epa.gov with the subject line "NEJAC Membership 2022"
  • One (1) letter[s] of recommendation is required from a third party supporting the nomination; no more than a total of three (3) letters. Letter[s] should describe how the nominee’s experience and knowledge will bring value to the work of the NEJAC emailed to nejac@epa.gov with the subject line "NEJAC Membership 2022"
  • Please Note: if you are nominating someone for membership, please notify the nominee and obtain resume and any other information needed to complete application package.

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