Jeff Tarbert, former Falls Church mayor and expert on governance, named to NAAEE board

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A former Falls Church, Virginia mayor who consults nationally on governance strategies for cities and public service utilities, Jeff Tarbert is one of the five newest board members for The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Tarbert sees "similarities between the work NAAEE is doing and the developments in energy education."

With broader and deeper responsibilities for corporate and organizational citizenship, the governance standards and the boards responsible for fulfilling them are required to meet higher levels of performance than ever before. - Jeff Tarbert

Jeff Tarbert, a former mayor who consults nationally on governance strategies for cities and public service utilities, is one of the five newest governing board members for The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to the profession and advancement of environmental education and civic engagement.

The expanded board, along with a newly constituted advisory council comprising distinguished professionals in the field of environmental education, is part of NAAEE's revised governance framework. The new structure enhances the organization's ever-expanding network of partners for the next-generation of work in environmental literacy and civic engagement and the underlying science that supports the work, according to Judy Braus, executive director.

“I am excited about the opportunity to learn as much about the field of environmental education,” Tarbert says. “There are many similarities between the work NAAEE is doing and the developments in energy education. With broader and deeper responsibilities for corporate and organizational citizenship, the governance standards and the boards responsible for fulfilling them are required to meet higher levels of performance than ever before.”

Tarbert’s consulting group provides a comprehensive suite of consulting, instruction research and facilitating services on models for governance excellence and operations strategy for local governments and public power electric (and multi-service) utility governing boards and executives. A long-time senior vice president for the American Public Power Association (APPA), he also developed and served as board chair of Hometown Connections, Inc., APPA’s for-profit subsidiary incorporated to provide public power utilities a competitive advantage by negotiating discounts on electric utility products and strategic services.

A current member of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority's board of directors, Tarbert is a volunteer trail ranger for the U.S. National Park Service at Maryland’s C&O Canal Historic Park. A former mayor and city council member for Falls Church, he recently published a book on public power governance through the APPA.

With 53 state, provincial and regional affiliates in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, NAAEE has expanded its partnerships with corporations, foundations, NGOs, universities, and governmental agencies and institutions. Some of the most recent work has involved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), CalWater, the National Environmental Education Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, just to name a few.

About NAAEE
The North American Association for Environmental Education is a pioneering membership organization dedicated to accelerating environmental literacy and civic engagement through the power of education. NAAEE supports a network of more than 20,000 educators, researchers, and organizational members working in environmental education in more than 30 countries through direct membership and regional affiliate organizations. Through community networks, publications, signature programs, and eeNEWS and eeJOBS, NAAEE provides programming and resources for professionals working in all areas of the field. NAAEE’s annual conference, now entering its 45th year, convenes leaders from private and public sectors to advance the field of environmental education. For more information, visit naaee.org and naaee.org/eePRO.

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