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RTP Speakers Bureau

Frequent Questions about the RTP Speakers Bureau

How far will speakers travel?

Most speakers limit travel to approximately 50 miles of the Raleigh-Durham, NC area. All travel is up to the discretion of the speaker and their supervisor.

How many students can the EPA-RTP Speakers Bureau accomodate for presentations and activities?

EPA speakers in the classroom can typically work with a maximum of 30 students at a time for presentations and activities. If your group is larger, we will try to find to find a speaker who is able to accommodate the request. This maximum does not apply to groups visiting the EPA for a field trip as we are often able to split the students into smaller groups.

How do I find a speaker if I live outside North Carolina?

If you are outside the Research Triangle Park, NC area please see our regional offices page to contact your regional Environmental Education coordinator or speakers bureau. You can also search the map of EPA labs and research centers to find a place and contact information near you. Contact information can be found by zooming on your area and clicking on the blue balloons or by clicking the individually listed labs and research centers.

How do I request a speaker?

You can search the database of speakers by name, topic category, or grade-level. Once you have selected speaker, you will need to fill out the request form on their page. The speaker will contact you directly within a week to confirm date/time/locations details.

How far in advance do requests need to be submitted?

Requests should be submitted at least 4 weeks in advance, though we try to accommodate all requests when possible.

Is there a cost for a speaker?

The US EPA-Research Triangle Park Speakers Bureau is free.

Will I be guaranteed the requested speaker?

All speakers are volunteers and participate in the Speakers Bureau in addition to their regular jobs. We try our best to accommodate all requests, but speakers must balance speaking requests with their work responsibilities and may not always be available. 

How do I request the EPA Administrator?

To request the Administrator or other upper-level EPA staff, email