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Education Council

The Education Council is the component of the Air & Waste Management Association that is responsible for education and training programs.

The Education Council produces and promotes programs and activities in education and training to:

  • encourage adequate human resources in the fields of air and waste management,
  • improve the knowledge and skills of members and the public, and
  • exchange information to improve environmental knowledge and decisions.

Primarily, this Council

  • develops and delivers professional development programs on leading-edge topics within the realm of air and waste management, and
  • develops and delivers materials used to educate members, other environmental management professionals, the media, educators, and the general public about environmental issues.

All Association members with interest in education and training are encouraged to participate in its activities by joining the committees of the Council.

Higher Education Division

One of the key objectives of the Higher Education Division is to promote academic activities that will ensure an adequate pool of competent environmental professionals for the future. This Division focuses on assisting students with personal environmental career tracks.

Scholarship Awards Committee
This committee develops guidelines and criteria for the scholarship awards program and recommends to the Board of Directors candidates for the annual scholarship program.

University/College Education Committee
This committee provides a forum that integrates and implements college and university related activities with the fields of air and waste management. Additionally, this committee fosters the professional development of student members and enhances the role of Student Chapters of the Association through the sponsorship of a student program at the Annual Conference, a student paper/poster contest, development of student activities, and the facilitation of communication between Chapters.

Scholarship Campaign Committee
The mission of the Scholarship Campaign Committee is to solicit support for A&WMA's Scholarship Endowment Trust Fund in order to ensure continued financial support to students in pursuit of advanced degrees dealing directly with environmental courses of study or issues.

Public Education Division

The Public Education Division has a dual focus: (1) To develop and provide public education programs and materials on environmental issues; and (2) To provide outreach opportunities for members to become actively involved in environmental education efforts.

Environmental Education K-12 Committee
The Environmental Education K-12 Committee develops environmental education curriculum, develops programs to market and distribute K-12 environmental education curriculum and programs, encourages teacher training workshops, and coordinates other child environmental programs.

Public Information Committee
The Public Information Committee; develops and oversees the distribution of quality technical programs and information directed toward the general public and other specialized audiences.

National Boy Scout Jamboree Committee
This committee works with the Boy Scouts to plan A&WMA involvement in the National Boy Scout Jamboree.

Professional Development Division

The Professional Development Division of Education Council has as its primary focus the continuing education and training of environmental professionals.

Continuing Education Committee
This committee develops guidelines for and oversees the progress of the continuing education program including course selection.

E-Learning Committee
This committee promotes dissemination of information on the application of computing and network technology to environmental issues and facilitates information exchange among related Association committees and staff.

International Outreach & Coordination Committee
This committee facilitates the exchange of information related to international training issues and needs, and provides technical assistance to A&WMA membership and the environmental community.

Women's Professional Development Committee
The mission of the Women Professional Development Standing Committee is to draw upon the unique perspectives and talents of women to further the goals of the Association and to encourage women's participation and involvement in the environmental profession. The committee is open to any member of the Association who is willing to participate in its activities.

Get Involved!

To learn more about the Education Council, or to get involved in its activities, please contact Ram Ramanan , Education Council Chair, or Education Coordinator TBH, staff liaison.