AAEE Excellence in Environmental Education Awards

Each year the Arizona Association for Environmental Education honors individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact on environmental education in Arizona.

You are invited to nominate a person, a team, or yourself.

Nominations for 2021 are now closed. The deadline to submit an award is October 10th, 2021 at midnight Arizona time.

Winners will be announced and honored during an interactive online awards ceremony on November 5th, 2021 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. 

These awards recognize those who have made a significant impact and contribution to the environmental education field through innovative and inspiring practices.

The nominee should be making an impact in Arizona and known for one or more of the following:

  • Dedicated current and long-term service in the field of EE (programs, curriculum, research, publications, legislation, etc.)
  • Creating a work environment that incorporates EE (volunteerism by employees, using recycled & environmentally-friendly products, collaboration with and/or funding of EE initiatives)
  • Outstanding action, contribution, and leadership supporting EE
  • Outstanding service and volunteerism
  • Innovative and enthusiastic implementation of EE programs
  • Shares ideas, best practices, and techniques with others
  • Employs community engagement models and collaborates with the greater EE community
  • Outstanding work on programs including practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion

Award Categories

  1. Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education
  2. Outstanding Environmental Educator in Non-Formal or Informal Settings
  3. Outstanding Environmental Educator in P-12 Formal Settings
  4. Outstanding Environmental Educator in Higher Education
  5. Outstanding Environmental Education Program
  6. Outstanding Business Committed to EE
  7. Outstanding Non-profit Committed to EE
  8. Outstanding School or College Committed to EE
  9. Outstanding Government Agency Committed to EE
  10. Outstanding Inclusive Environmental Education Program
  11. Outstanding Junior/Young Professional (age 23 and under)

Who can make a nomination?

Nominations are welcomed from parents or guardians, coworkers, students, program directors, supervisors, and community members. Self-nominations are also welcome.

How do I nominate someone?

Complete the online nomination form below before October 10th, 2021 at midnight AZ time..

Awards Selection Process

Nominations must be submitted online no later than October 10, 2021. The AAEE award selection committee will review and determine awardees. Nominators and awardees will be notified if they have been selected during the week on October 26th. Winners will be publicly announced at the 2021 Excellence in EE Awards Ceremony on November 5th, 2021.

Previous Award Winners


If you have any questions, please contact profdev@arizonaee.org.