OZNOWICH NAMED TO FEDERAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
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
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.