EPA Launches Inaugural National Environmental Youth Advisory Council

EPA Launches Inaugural National Environmental Youth Advisory Council

The committee exclusively includes members between the ages of 16 and 29.

The EPA has just established the National Environmental Youth Advisory Council (NEYAC), a federal advisory committee composed exclusively of young individuals aged 16 to 29.

According to a release dated Nov. 16, this council is the first of its kind for the EPA. The group features 16 members dedicated to providing policy advice and recommendations to the agency on a wide range of environmental issues affecting youth.

“Young people have been at the forefront of every movement for political and social change in American history, and the environmental movement is no different. Today we are cementing seats for young leaders at EPA’s table as we tackle the greatest environmental challenges of our time,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in a statement. “President Biden is committed to ensuring everyone in this country has access to clean air, safe water and healthy land, now and for generations to come. With the support of the spectacular young leaders selected today, we will deliver on his clear vision for a brighter and healthier future.”

Following a summer 2023 call for nominations that attracted over 1,000 applicants, the EPA selected a diverse group representing various interests, backgrounds and regions across the United States. Members, hailing from 13 states and the District of Columbia, bring experience in areas such as climate change, conservation, air and water quality and environmental justice. The council's geographical diversity extends to urban, rural, and Tribal communities.

NEYAC is scheduled to meet at least twice a year, with its first meeting scheduled for next year. For more information on the council and its membership, visit its webpage on the EPA website.

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