NSW Environmental Education Awards

The NSW Environmental Education Awards are an annual awards program, designed to recognise and celebrate the achievements of environmental educators across NSW. 

This year's awards were highly contested, with a suite of fantastic nominations. Congratulations to the 2022 Award Winners.

2022 Awards Winners and Highly Commended Nominees

Sarah Jantos, Green Hereos, Overall Winner - NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award

Sarah Jantos, Green Heroes. Winner - Community Educator of the Year Award

Darren Martin, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Highly Commended - Community Educator of the Year Award

Christian Eckardt, Greater Sydney Parklands. Winner - Government Educator of the Year Award

Margaret Gleeson, Keiraville Community Preschool. Winner - Early Learning Educator of the Year Award

Ann-Kathrin Kiehn, St Columba Anglican School. Winner - Sustainable Schools NSW Teacher of the Year Award

Shannon Kelly, The Nature School. Highly Commended - Sustainable Schools NSW Teacher of the Year Award

Belltrees Public School. Winner - Sustainable Schools NSW School of the Year Award

Rose Everingham, Regentville Public School. Winner - Return and Earn Program Leader Award

Rebecca Hoad, St Ignatius College, Riverview. Highly Commended - Return and Earn Program Leader Award

Greening the Green. Winner - Sustainability Connect Business of the Year Award

ReCollect. Highly Commended - Sustainability Connect Business of the Year Award

Read more about the 2022 Award winners here

2021 Award Winners & Highly Commended Nominees

To celebrate the 2021 Award winners, we held an online event on 18th November 2021. Our  wonderful patron Costa Georgiadis, joined us to celebrate the nominees and award winners. You can watch the recording of the awards night here and find out more about our award winners below.

We celebrated the overall NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award at the 35th Environmental Education Conference held in Ourimbah in April 2022. We were very pleased that several of our 2021 award winners were there to celebrate again in person (see image below).

Pictured:

Costa Georgiadis, Sue Martin, Jayne Alba, Lisa Siegel, Liana Kay, Jane Smith

Congratulations to all the Award winners and nominees. 

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

Read more about each of the winners here

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