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RELEASE: 1/23/01
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Tanya Oznowich of Doylestown, Pa., has been appointed to the National Environmental Education Advisory Council, a group of environmental education experts that provides advice to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Oznowich was appointed by the EPA Administrator to a three-year term on the 11-member council, which is comprised of environmental education experts from organizations, schools and agencies from around the country. Oznowich oversees environmental education at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) where she has earned recognition for her achievements during her 12 years at the agency.

Oznowich was named Environmental Educator of the Year in 1998 by the New Jersey Education Association, received the President's Award for Science Education from the New Jersey Science Supervisors Association in 1994, and received the Environmental Education award from the New Jersey Audubon Society in 1993. She represents DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn on the New Jersey Commission for National and Community Service, overseeing AmeriCorps and other national service programs in New Jersey. An advisor to the New Jersey Geography Alliance, she is the current president and a founding member of the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education and a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education. A graduate of Slippery Rock University, Oznowich is working on a master's degree in educational leadership at Delaware Valley College.

As Shinn's representative on the New Jersey Commission on Environmental Education, she helped insert environmental standards in the state's new core curriculum standards for grades K-12 and develop lessons supporting those standards. She obtained grants to develop workshops to help teachers learn how to integrate environmental education into the classroom.

"A dedicated worker, Tanya Oznowich represents so many of the professional staffers here at DEP who are committed to improving environmental stewardship and the quality of life in New Jersey," said Commissioner Shinn. "DEP is extremely proud of her many accomplishments, and we're confident she'll advance the work of the council as it addresses national issues."

The council provides EPA with a better understanding of the needs of schools, universities, state agencies and educational organizations, and makes recommendations to the EPA Administrator regarding implementation of the 1990 National Environmental Education Act, including development of EPA training and grants programs. It reports to Congress biennially on the status of environmental education in the United States, and nominates recipients of the national environmental education awards.


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