Teresa (Terry) Ippolito serves as U. S. EPA’s Environmental Education Coordinator for New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Terry coordinates EPA=s programming in environmental education (EE) which includes administering the agency=s EE Grants Program in the region. She networks with and supports the efforts of formal and non-formal environmental educators, participates in government and non-government environmental education organizations and is a member of EPA=s workgroup for the agency’s environmental educational website and blog. Terry supports the work of EPA program offices, other government agencies and non-government organizations to promote and provide excellence in EE. Her typical efforts can range from doing a classroom demonstration on non-point water pollution to workshops for EPA staff designed to ensure effective Earth Day outreach to providing environmental education presentations to national audiences.
Terry came to EPA in 1988 as an environmental scientist after sixteen years in education as a science teacher and school administrator. When the National Environmental Education Act was enacted in 1990, she made the transition to EPA Regional EE Coordinator. Her current position combines expertise in both education and the environment. She brings real world insights and commitment into the challenges and delights of teaching about the environment.
Terry is a past Chair of the NYC Environmental Education Advisory Council and has been involved with and held leadership positions in civic, community, church and educational boards and organizations in New York City where she has resided all her life.
Terry holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Health Science.