Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education


In 2000, NSF established the Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education. NSF's Director, Dr. Rita Colwell, charged the committee at its first meeting in October 2000. AC-ERE is to:

  • Provide advice, recommendations and oversight concerning support for the NSF's environmental research and education portfolio;
  • Be a base of contact with the scientific community to inform NSF of the impact of its research support and NSF-wide policies on the scientific community;
  • Serve as a forum for consideration of interdisciplinary environmental topics as well as environmental activities in a wide range of disciplines;.
  • Provide broad input into long-range plans and partnership opportunities; and.
  • Perform oversight of program management, overall program balance, and other aspects of program performance for environmental research and education activities.

Charter (PDF, 308.28 KB)

Membership Balance Plan (PDF, 383.55 KB)

Committee membership

Membership details

The AC-ERE has particular interest in those aspects of environmental science, engineering, and education that affects multiple disciplines. The committee includes scientists from many disciplines, including a member from each of the other NSF advisory committees, and focuses on coordination, integration, and management of environmental programs across the Agency. AC-ERE interests include environmental education, digital libraries, and cyberinfrastructure, as well as interdisciplinary programs, centers, and major instrumentation.

A full committee meeting is held three times a year to review and evaluate policies and program opportunities focused on environmental research and education. 

Upcoming AC-ERE meeting

Date: April 5-6, 2023
Location: Virtual
AC-ERE Spring Agenda (PDF, 258.4 KB)
AC-ERE Spring Agenda (PDF, 258.4 KB)

Date: September 20-21, 2022
Location: Virtual
AC-ERE Agenda ~ Sept-2022 (PDF, 179.88 KB) AC-ERE Minutes - September 2022 (PDF, 265.28 KB)

Date: April 19-20, 2022
Location: Virtual
AC-ERE Agenda ~ April 2022 (PDF, 218.9 KB)

Date: November 4-5, 2021
Location: Virtual
AC-ERE Agenda - November 2021 (PDF, 755.47 KB) 

Date: June 21, 2021
Location: Virtual Meeting
AC-ERE Agenda - June 2021 (PDF, 193.37 KB)
AC-ERE Minutes ~ June 2021 (PDF, 120.57 KB) 

Date: March 18, 2021
Location: Virtual Meeting
AC-ERE Agenda - March 2021 (PDF, 124.74 KB)
AC-ERE Minutes ~ March 2021 (PDF, 168.99 KB)

Date: October 22-23, 2020
Location: Virtual Meeting
AC-ERE Agenda ~ October 2020 (PDF, 140.5 KB)
AC-ERE Minutes ~ October 2020 (PDF, 208.69 KB)

Date: June 5, 2020
Location: Virtual Meeting
AC-ERE Agenda - June 2020 (PDF, 104.56 KB) 
AC-ERE Minutes ~June 2020 (PDF, 143.2 KB)

Date: November 4-5, 2019
Location: Alexandria, VA
AC-ERE Agenda - June 19 (PDF, 139.94 KB) 
AC-ERE Minutes - November 2019 (PDF, 162.04 KB) 

Date: March 18, 2019
Location: Virtual Meeting
AC-ERE Agenda - March 2019 (PDF, 128.88 KB) 
AC-ERE Minutes - March 2019 (PDF, 77.91 KB) 

Date: October 24-25, 2018
Location: Alexandria, VA
AC-ERE Agenda - October 2018 (PDF, 103.49 KB)
AC-ERE Minutes - October 2018 (PDF, 198.27 KB)

Date: April 18-19, 2018
Location: Alexandria, VA
AC-ERE Agenda ~ April 2018 (PDF, 102.83 KB) 
AC-ERE Minutes - April 2018 (PDF, 111.77 KB)

Date: January 5, 2018
Location: Virtual Meeting
AC-ERE Telecon Agenda - January 2018 (PDF, 91.27 KB) 

Scientists discover mechanism plants use to control 'mouths'

A magnified view of a leaf stoma which resembles a human mouth.

Key breakthrough on how plants open and close stomata could enable new ways to guard crops against climate change, especially increasing levels of carbon dioxide

Find out more about this NSF-funded research by reading the Science Matters article found here.