Frequently Asked Questions for ee360 Community EE Fellowship Applications


Q:  What kind of support is required from a partner organization? Can your employer be considered a partner organization?

A: Having a committed partner organization is key to a successful fellowship experience. Partner organizations provide the backbone support to you and your community action project. The level and type of support will depend on your unique situation, but a partner organization may be involved in the design, fundraising, implementation, and evaluation of your community action project. You may have multiple partner organizations with unique strengths that are responsible for different aspects of your community action project. Your employer may also be your partner organization. Support may be financial or in-kind (e.g. providing meeting space, planning time, or other resources).

Q:  What are some examples of the 2018 cohort’s EE action projects?

A:   You can review all 2018 Fellows and their EE action projects at Once you are on his page, scroll down to view individual Fellows. Click their profile picture, then click “Read bio,” and you’ll see a description of their community action project.

Q: Are applicants from US territories eligible?

A:  Yes. Fellows must live and work in the US, Canada, or Mexico. Fellows can also live and work in US Territories.

Q:  What kind of community issues or needs should my project address?

A:  EE action projects can cover a wide range of topics. Projects should emphasize community engagement, sustainability, resilience, and using creative environmental education strategies. Additionally, each project may address U.S. EPA’s core mission to provide Americans with clean air, land, and water.

Every project must demonstrate a new or innovative solution to an environmental problem, including strategies for reaching new audiences, achieving greater impact in addressing community sustainability and resilience issues, or new strategies for developing effective partnerships. Applicants can present current and ongoing projects but must describe how they will use the fellowship to add a new twist or strategy that will make the project more innovative and effective.

Q:  Can your State Affiliate serve as your partner organization?

A:  Yes. Your State Affiliate can be your partner organization, and that is a great way to tap into an incredible network of environmental educators and leaders. Learn more about the NAAEE State Affiliate Network. You may also partner with universities, for-profit institutions, and international, national, regional, and local organizations.

Q: How much of a time commitment is required?

A: There are two five-day face-to-face learning and networking events where your participation is mandatory:

  • The Leadership Institute, June 29 – July 3, 2020
  • NAAEE Annual Conference, October 14-17, 2020

In addition to these two events, plan on monthly one-hour webinars and periodic small group planning work. The time commitment required to design your EE Action Project will depend on your project and your capacity to integrate it into your current work and volunteer responsibilities.

Q: How can I help promote the ee360 Community EE Fellowship?

A:  You can find sample newsletter and social media posts by viewing our promo kit for ee360 Fellowship.

Q: When will the application open?

A: Applications will open by December 1, 2019. You will need to create a free eePRO account to save and submit your application.

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Q: When will applications close?

A: All application materials are due February 14, 2020, 11:59pm ET. Applicants will be notified of their status early April 2020.