About the Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI)

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Charter

The Committee on Environmental Improvement is charged by the Board of Directors and the Council of ACS with promoting the Society's as well as the public's awareness and active concern for protecting and improving the quality of human health and the environment.

Vision & Goals

Vision: CEI shall be the central site for sustainability information within ACS, and a leader in promoting sustainability for the Society and society.

Goal 1: Equip the ACS with the knowledge, strategies, and tools it needs to deal with emerging & ongoing environmental issues

Goal 2: Promote sustainability within ACS and society at large

Goal 3: Be a resource and leader in facilitating communications & networking on sustainability and other environmental issues.

Duties

The Committee on Environmental Improvement is charged by the Board of Directors and the Council of ACS with promoting the Society's as well as the public's awareness and active concern for protecting and improving the quality of human health and the environment.

To achieve this goal, the Committee is responsible for advising ACS governing bodies on pertinent environmental issues in science and public policy warranting action by the Society. Once identified, these issues then become the focus of Committee action, and the source of their projects. Responsibilities shall include:

  • Monitoring environmental legislation and regulations for possible ACS comments and/or recommendations, and when appropriate, writing and/or reviewing Society statements.
  • Keeping abreast of current and emerging environmental problems, focusing on possible areas of action by the Committee and/or the Society.
  • Researching environmental chemistry issues, compiling pertinent material, and disseminating the information to appropriate groups and individuals within and outside the Society.
  • Developing Society position statements, informational brochures, and appropriate publications (such as books and articles) on environmental issues in science and public policy using the technical expertise of Committee members.
  • Designing and coordinating programs related to environmental improvement for symposia and publications.
  • Promoting environmental chemistry education in secondary schools, colleges, and universities, and for the general public by developing science curricula, audio courses, etc., and distributing these materials to educators and other interested persons.

Charter