Charlotte Clark, Duke University Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Named to NAAEE Board

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A researcher at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment who also leads university efforts to make a more sustainable campus, Charlotte Clark is one of the five newest governing board members for The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Seeing the organization's expanded efforts, Clark says "it is especially significant as people are emphasizing the value of literacy not just about the environment but also sustainability, food and health."

I am excited to be a part of NAAEE's current efforts in strategically thinking about its position in the field as we confront the global realities of momentous changes affecting the environment - Charlotte Clark

Charlotte Clark, assistant professor of the practice in sustainability education and director of undergraduate programs at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, is one of the five newest governing board members for The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). NAAEE is 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 to be a part of NAAEE’s current efforts in strategically thinking about its position in the field as we confront the global realities of momentous changes affecting the environment,” says Clark, who has been involved with the organization for at least 15 years and had served previously on its board. “It is especially significant as people are emphasizing the value of literacy not just about the environment but also sustainability, food and health. Among the challenges is figuring out how all of these areas can come together under a collaborative umbrella.”

Clark is a professor and researcher whose work focuses on the intersection of collective learning and action and how environmental education can encourage individuals to maximize and share limited and scarce resources. Similarly, her work focuses on the impact of informal learning processes for motivating behavior change for individuals and communities around environmental issues.

Clark’s research has been the focus of her direct practical work in campus sustainability programs at Duke, where she leads the Education Subcommittee of the university’s campus sustainability committee. She also worked for five years as the director of the Center for Environmental Education in the Nicholas School, and for 12 years facilitating air pollution regulatory work under contract for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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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