The 2022 Awards are now open!
About the 2022 Awards
In 2022, the AAEE NSW Environmental Education Awards will comprise of three categories of awards:
- The 2022 Educator Excellence Awards
- The 2022 Program Excellence Award
- The 2022 Business Excellence Award
The 2022 Excellence in Environmental Education Awards
The Environmental Educator Excellence Awards recognise individual educators from a range of sectors who have exhibited leadership and made notable achievements in their sector to further environmental education.
The Overall NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award is awarded to one of the winners in this suite. Nominees may self-nominate (but must provide a supporting referee). If a nomination is made on behalf of someone else, the nominator must advise if the nominee knows they are being nominated. It is recommended where possible to involve the nominee as this usually allows a better nomination for that person.
The 2022 Educator Excellence Award
The 2022 Excellence in Environmental Education Awards has 6 nomination categories:
- Community Educator of the Year Award
- Government Educator of the Year Award
- Tertiary Educator of the Year Award
- Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award
- Sustainable Schools NSW Teacher of the Year Award
- Overall NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award (chosen by judge panel from one of the five sector award winners)
All individuals nominated must predominantly carry out their work in New South Wales. A nominee may only be nominated in ONE of the above categories 1-5.
The 2022 Program Excellence Award
This year our Program Excellence Award focuses on the Sustainable Schools Program and the Return and Earn Program Leader Award.
1. Sustainable Schools NSW School of the Year Award
Recognises a school that has shown excellence in embedding sustainability within their school and in the broader community in line with the values of Sustainable Schools NSW. Note: the Sustainable Schools NSW program has been focussed on Primary and High Schools and therefore only these may apply. We hope to support an early learning program award in the future.
2. Return and Earn Program Leader Award
Recognises a teacher, student or parent who has helped embed the Return and Earn program into their school.
The 2022 Business Excellence Award
1. Sustainability Connect Business of the Year Award
The Sustainability Connect Business of the Year Award will recognise a business that has excelled in delivery of their environmental products and services, and/or any business that has excelled in supporting environmental and environmental education outcomes. Businesses must be listed on the Sustainability Connect directory website to be eligible. Note: this year's award is for the business sector, therefore government-funded programs are not eligible.
All schools, organisations or individuals nominated must be located in New South Wales and can only be nominated in ONE of the above categories.
Friday 17 June - Nominations for all awards open
Friday 2nd September - Nominations for all awards close (extended)
Thursday 20 October - Award winners announced online (this year does not coincide with a conference and so we will begin releasing our announcements from Oct 20th - there will be no online awards event)
How To Apply
Please see attached form below for reference. All nominations must be completed using the Survey Monkey 'nominate here' link cited below, however we recommend using the attached document as a guide and drafting your nomination answers in a word document before entering them into Survey Monkey.
About the 2021 Awards
We were pleased to be joined by so many wonderful nominees and their guests for the Awards Evening as an online event on 18th November 2021. We were once again joined by the wonderful Costa Georgiadis, our patron. Thank you to everyone for nominating, but most of all for all of the wonderful and diverse work you are doing as environmental educators in NSW. See more about our winners below. Watch the recording of the awards night here.
In 2022 we celebrated the overall NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award at the 35th Environmental Education Conference held in Ourimbah, which had been delayed a year by Covid. We were very pleased that several of our 2021 award winners were there to celebrate again in person (see image below).
Costa Georgiadis, Sue Martin, Jayne Alba, Lisa Siegel, Liana Kay, Jane Smith
Lisa Siegel. Winner - NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award
OzHarvest FEAST Program NSW. Winner - Sustainability Connect Business of the Year Award
Seed Harvest Spoon. Highly Commended - Sustainability Connect Business of the Year Award
Jayne Alba, Oxley Park Public School. Winner - Sustainable Schools NSW Teacher of the Year Award
Nicole Hext, Bringelly Public School. Highly Commended - Sustainable Schools NSW Teacher of the Year Award
Aldavilla Public School. Winner - Sustainable Schools NSW School of the Year Award
Caddies Creek Public School. Highly Commended - Sustainable Schools NSW School of the Year Award
Sami Bayly, Illustrator and author. Highly Commended - Community Educator of the Year Award
Lisa Siegel, Centre for Ecological Learning. Winner - Community Educator of the Year Award
Jane Smith, Central Coast Environmental Educators Network. Winner - Community Educator of the Year Award
Liana Kay, Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Winner - Government Educator of the Year Award
Jordan Moy, North Sydney Council. Highly Commended - Government Educator of the Year Award
Lisa Siegel, Southern Cross University. Winner - Tertiary Educator of the Year Award
Simone Blom, Southern Cross University. Highly Commended - Tertiary Educator of the Year Award
Congratulations to our 2020 Award Winners!
A celebratory online event was held on 5 November to announce the winners of the 2020 NSW Environmental Education Awards. AAEE NSW Patron, Costa Georgiadis and The Hon. Matt Kean MP, Minister for Energy and Environment lent their support to the event.
Professor Lesley Hughes, Macquarie University. Winner - Tertiary Educator of the Year Award and Overall 2020 NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award
Ashleigh Spillane, Bradman Road Early Education Centre. Winner - Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award
Guido Verbist, The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre. Winner - Community Educator of the Year Award
Julia Strykowski, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Winner - Government Educator of the Year Award
Christopher Yates, Ryde Secondary College. Winner - Sustainable Schools NSW Teacher of the Year Award
Julie Rogers, Lucas Heights Community School. Winner - Return and Earn Program Leader Award
Dapto High School. Winner - Sustainable Schools NSW School of the Year Award
Seaforth Public School, Garden Frog Pond Project. Winner - Take Me Outside NSW Excellence Award
Congratulations to our 2019 NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award winners!
- Jenny Hill, Blue Mountains City Council, was the winner of the Government education category and overall winner for 2019!
- David Giblin, Chifley College Bidwill Campus, was the winner of the Formal education category; and
- Lisa Wriley, Kariong Eco Garden, was the winner of the Community education category.
2020 - Professor Lesley Hughes
2019 - Jenny Hill
2018 - Nikki Dixon
2017 - Nick Carson
2016 Owen Dunlop
2015 Judy Christie
2014 Jem Hansen
2013 Susan Mayo
2012 Phil Smith
2011 Nell Graham
2010 Rosemary Hadaway
2009 Grahame Collier
2008 Syd Smith
2007 Helen Tyas Tunggal
2006 Helen Scott
2004 Bill Dixon
2002 Stuart DeLandre
2001-2 Cameron Archer and Colin Mondy
2000 No Award (due to dissolution of the AAEE State Executive)
1999 Christine Prietto
1998 Sue and Col Lennox
1997 Alan Fox
1996 David Goldney
1994 Joan Webb
1993 Max Maddock
1992 Beryl Strom
1991 Ken Schaefer
1990 Carolyn Pettigrew
1989 Geoff Young
1988 Neil Dufty
1987 Kevin McDonald
1986 Peter Metcalfe
1985 Di Collins
1984 Jack Sinclair
1983 Brian Gilligan
1982 David Tribe
1981 Allen Strom