NSW Environmental Education Awards

About the 2021 Awards

In 2021, the AAEE NSW Environmental Education Awards will comprise of three categories of awards:

  1. The 2021 Excellence in Environmental Education Awards
  2. The 2021 Program Excellence Award
  3. The 2021 Business Excellence Award

The 2021 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.

The 2021 Excellence in Environmental Education Awards has 6 nomination categories:

  1. Community Educator of the Year Award
  2. Government Educator of the Year Award
  3. Tertiary Educator of the Year Award
  4. Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award
  5. Sustainable Schools NSW Teacher of the Year Award
  6. Overall NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award (chosen from one of the five sector award winners - see attached application form)

All individuals nominated must predominantly carry out their work in New South Wales

The 2021 Program Excellence Award 

This year our Program Excellence Award focuses on the Sustainable Schools Program. The Return and Earn award is scheduled to return in 2022.

- 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 NSWNote: 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. 

The 2021 Business Excellence Award

- Sustainability Connect Business of the Year Award

The Sustainability Connect Business of the Year Award will recognise a business that has excelled in ambition and/or delivery of their environmental products and services. 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

Key Dates

27 August - Nominations for all awards open

10 October - Nominations for all awards close

18 November - Award winners announced at online awards event

How To Apply

Please see attached forms for reference. All nominations must be completed using the SurveyMonkey link cited in the form attached below "2021eeawardquestionsforreference.pdf". In addition, for the Overall NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award, please fill out the attached form below "eeoverallawardnominationform2021.pdf".

2020 Award Winners

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

Read more about each of the winners here

2019 Award Winners

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.

Read their stories here

All Past Overall Winners

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