Carolyn Watkins

Recognition Year: 
2008

"Ohio's Environment"
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

As Chief of Ohio EPA's Office of Environmental Education, Carolyn Watkins oversees a grant program that provides $1 million annually to fund education projects in schools and universities. She also directs efforts to educate the general public and the regulated community about environmental concerns. Additionally, she oversees Ohio's Clean Diesel School Bus Retrofit grant program and Ohio EPA's environmental science and engineering scholarship program.

Watkins previously served as Section Manager in Ohio EPA's Division of Solid and Infectious Waste Management, where she coordinated legislative testimony, technical assistance, planning, and a $10 million scrap tire cleanup program. Prior to joining the Ohio EPA, she taught environmental policy at Oberlin College and the University of New Hampshire. Watkins received her B.A. from the University of Florida, and her M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she first became addicted to NCAA basketball. She also researched environmental policy in Germany under a two-year fellowship from the German government. She is a registered sanitarian, and serves on a number of environmental education boards and advisory committees.