FG 346 (President's Advisory Committee on Environmental Merit Award Program) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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Organizational Note

The President’s Advisory Committee was established by Executive Order No. 11677 dated April 19, 1972. The Committee is a Presidential advisory committee, which functions within the Environmental Protection Agency. The Committee is presently inactive.

The President announced the establishment of the Environmental Merit Awards Program, which created local committees to make awards to individual students or groups of students for significant environmental accomplishments. The Committee advises the President and the Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency on ways in which the Environmental Merit Awards Program can be expanded and enhanced. It also selects individuals or groups of individuals who deserve special recognition for their local environmental accomplishments and confers appropriate Environmental Merit Awards upon them on behalf of the President.

The Committee consists of 13 members appointed by the President.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, executive orders and press releases. Primary correspondents include the President and White House staff, John D. Ehrlichman, William Timmons, John Campbell, John C. Whitaker and Daniel T. Kingsley. There is additional correspondence with William D. Ruckelshaus, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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