NAEP Committees

One focus of NAEP’s mission is “…developing the highest standards of ethics and proficiency in the environmental professions.” This mission is exemplified in the work of our national Committees. The eight new Committees listed below include the interest/practice areas, focus of the Committee, and leadership contact information. We encourage all NAEP members to seriously consider getting involved in a Committee that excites you and holds similar professional interest for you and your career growth.

Our Call to Action

The work of NAEP's national Committees is the strength and underpinning of our successful association. Strong friendships and affiliations begin by being a vital part of Committee work; it advances us personally and professionally. The work and products created from our NAEP professionals have resulted in stronger, more mutually-beneficial relationships with agencies/associations throughout the U.S. and have provided increased benefits to every NAEP member at every level of the Association, especially our affiliated Chapters.

Leadership begins with how we shape and create our future and the future of those we lead. The fruit that NAEP's national Committees currently produce include the NEPA Annual Report, Quarterly Policy Reports,  E-News (bi-monthly newsletter), the quarterly journal Environmental Practice, the NAEP National Desk, NAEP webinars (at least six a year), Annual Conference, NAEP website, Facebook page, and the NAEP LinkedIn group. All NAEP members and professionals benefit from these publications and interactions by becoming better informed and leading more enhanced lives.


Select a Committee to Learn More

Awards
Chapters
Education
NEPA Practice
Leadership
Marketing and Communications
Membership
Permanent Conference
Publications

Awards

Benchmarks professional accomplishment and environmental achievement within our association. For decades NAEP has recognized the efforts of hard-working and ambitious professionals, practitioners and students in the environmental fields through our Environmental Excellence, Zirzow, and Fellows awards, and the Jim Roberts Scholarship. This Committee builds upon the success of our four award venues to strengthen and enhance NAEP’s overall awards program. The Lynton Caldwell Award is the newest NAEP award that was launched two years ago with the plan to be awarded periodically when some professional, agency or organization has exhibited exemplary service to NEPA practice. As with all of our volunteer Committee efforts, additional professionals are needed and always welcome. This is especially true for the Zirzow and Fellows awards and Jim Roberts Scholarship.

Learn more about the Awards Committee by contacting Ron Deverman at [email protected].

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Chapters

Provides support and exemplary leadership to our NAEP affiliated Chapters at the multi-state, state, or regional level, and our student Chapters that are affiliated with a specific college or university. Members of the Chapter Committee consist of the affiliated Chapter representatives and presidents and for the student Chapters the representative and faculty advisor from affiliated colleges and universities.

The NAEP Chapter Committee is chaired by Bill Plumpton, [email protected]. If you are interested in starting a student chapter, please contact the NAEP Office at [email protected].

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Education

Focuses on providing training and education opportunities through our NAEP webinar series, career development seminars, and our national/international dialogues and exchanges. It is committed to promoting the growth and advancement of environmental professionals by providing education for NAEP professionals, student members, affiliate Chapter members and other environmental professionals. Our training addresses environmental skills and proficiency with respect to applicable statutes and environmental regulations, standards of conduct and ethics. Wherever possible, such training and dissemination of information considers the results of environmental litigation, and cutting edge scientific research.

To learn more or to get involved with the Education Committee, please contact Shannon Stewart via email at [email protected].

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NEPA Practice

The Committee plays a lead role in keeping NAEP membership informed of important legislative and regulatory changes and their potential impacts on the environment and it serves to highlight best practices for all environmental professions. The Committee also informs environmental professionals on important energy issues and environmental policies, regulations, and legislation. Through the work of this Committee, NAEP members gain a broader appreciation of the value of NEPA and the NEPA process while more confidently understanding the role of the federal government in addressing social, economic, and environmental issues in project development.

For more information, please contact Chuck Nicholson via email: [email protected].

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Leadership

Hosts a series of webinars highlighting NAEP’s newest initiatives and the importance of volunteerism in leadership development.

For more information, please contact Ron Deverman via email at [email protected].

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Marketing and Communications

Oversees the website, works with the membership committee in relation to member benefits, and works with the Board to disseminate NAEP’s core message.

For more information and how to get involved, please contact David Mattern via email: [email protected]

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Membership

Recommends strategies for enhancing NAEP membership for our general membership and affiliated Chapters. The Committee continually evaluates our current services and benefits through member surveys to ensure our members’ needs are met. It develops member incentives and creates new benefits that help retain members and add value to their professional careers. We are always looking for energetic professionals who are excited, talented and interested in serving people. The Committee also coordinates the membership meeting at our annual conferences. Engaged oversees a continual improvement process of enhancing NAEP membership for general and affiliated members.

If you would like to learn more about getting involved in this Committee, contact Jim Spangler at [email protected].

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Permanent Conference

Commits to ensuring the continued successful planning, implementation, and conduct of NAEP’s Annual Conferences well into the future. This committee is led by Rona Spellecacy and is comprised of two parts: the Permanent Conference Committee and the Annual Conference Committee. The leaders and members of the Conference Committee work together to successfully plan and run each Annual Conference. 

The Permanent Conference Committee assists NAEP by planning the location for future conferences, making recommendations to ensure NAEP’s Annual Conference maintains its high professional standards and integrity, and interfacing with the NAEP Board of Directors to promote their engagement in the conference planning process. The Annual Conference Committee focuses on ensuring that the Annual Conference is technically current, educational, and interesting to the NAEP membership as well as the environmental professions at large.

The 2019 Annual Conference Committee is interested in hearing from NAEP members who would like to assist in the planning of the conference. The conference will be held May 19–23, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The Conference Committee is also searching for volunteers to participate in the Permanent Conference Committee. If you are interested in planning of future Annual Conference locations and activities, please contact Rona Spellecacy, Permanent Conference Committee Chair, at [email protected].

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Publications

Oversees three primary publications: Environmental Practice, the National Desk, and the NAEP Newsletter. 

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For more information and to get involved, please contact Betty Dehoney via email at [email protected].

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