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Environmental Education

VAEE 5 Under 25

This Award recognizes five (5) young leaders  under the age of 25 and the exceptional contributions they have made to their community in environmental education. The award recipients must demonstrate outstanding leadership in the creation and implementation of an original program and/or provide exemplary leadership and service to an existing environmental organization or school-based environmental education program. 

Self-nomination or peer/supervisor nominations are accepted. 

Each awardee will receive a 2022 VAEE Membership, a physical award. Awardees may also be asked to take part in a virtual Virginia Young Environmental Leader Panel later in the year.


Outstanding Leadership:  Nominee played a significant leadership role in the creation, organization, and/or implementation of a new or existing environmental education program, stewardship project, school program, and/or environmental community engagement campaign. 

Innovative Approach: Nominee approach is innovative, unique, creative, inclusive, relevant and action oriented. The nominee will inspire others to adopt their innovative approaches.

Impact: The nominee’s contributions and impact on its audience/community are noteworthy and nominee can demonstrate evidence of impact. Nominee’s work could be replicated by others.

Commitment to Environmental Education: The nominee is future-minded and committed to continuing and expanding their work to advance environmental education and/or literacy.


VAEE members are invited to submit nominations for this award via the online form found here by Monday, January 31st, 2022.  After the nominations cycle has been completed VAEE members will be invited to vote for the awardee via a WildApricot Poll prior to the 2022 VAEE Annual Conference. 

You will be asked to provide the following information about the nominee:

  • Nominee’s Name

  • Nominee’s Title/Organization (if applicable)

  • Nominee’s Email

  • Confirming Nominees Age

You will also be asked to respond to the follow questions:
  • How is the nominee committed to environmental education and how do they inspire others to make a difference in their community with regards to local environmental issues?

  • How has the nominee demonstrated innovation and creativity in the field of environmental education, stewardship, conservation, outdoor leadership, and/or community engagement?

  • How has the nominee’s audience/learners/community benefited from their work? 

  • What impact has the nominee and their work had on others understanding of environmental issues, stewardship, conservation and/or outdoor leadership.

The Virginia Association for Environmental Education is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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