AAEE rewards its members for their significant efforts in the areas of environmental education and education for sustainability.

We recognise these efforts through the national environmental awards, including the annual Environmental Educator of the Year Award and the biennial Brian Foreman Scholarship and Fellowship of AAEE awarded at the national conference.

View the Award details and past recipients below.

AAEE Environmental Educator of The Year Award

Each Chapter is encouraged to nominate a member who has achieved significant outcomes within their groups’ work in support of Education for Sustainability.

2018 Nominations Open

AAEE Executive and the Award Recognition Committee invite nominations from Chapters for the 11th Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Education in Australia. The Award is presented to an AAEE Member who has made an exemplary contribution to the field of environmental education. Prior Chapter nominations can be entered again.

Download the EE Award Nomination Form [pdf]

Nominations Close 17 September 2018.

2017 Recipient

Congratulations to Associate Professor Jo-Anne Ferreira – the 2017 AAEE Environmental Educator of the Year!

AAEE Awards Professor Jo-Anne Ferreira
Professor Jo-Anne Ferreira

Professor Jo-Anne Ferreira is currently Deputy Head of School and Director, Teaching and Learning, in the School of Education at Southern Cross University. Prior to this she was convenor of the Master of Environment (Education for Sustainability) program within Griffith Sciences at Griffith University.  She is an active member of the Australian Association for Environmental Education and a past convenor of the World Environmental Education Congress and immediate past editor of the Australian Journal of Environmental Education. Her research is in the sociology of education, with a special interest in post-structuralist theories of identity, embodiment and power, and environmental and sustainability education. Recent research has focused on systems-based change in teacher education and on the strategies and techniques utilised by environmental and sustainability educators to empower learners to become environmental citizens.

On a personal level, Jo ‘walks the talk’ through her daily decisions that include how she lives, what she eats, and what she drives. In her academic and professional spheres, she espouses the values that underpin environmental education – she empowers, supports, collaborates and critiques.

Past Recipients

2016: Alan Hill, TAS. & Noeleen Rowntree QLD
2015: Jem Hansen, NSW
2014: Jane Ryan, VIC
2013: Vanessa Whelan, ACT
2012: Elanie Lewis, WA
2011: Cam Mackenzie, QLD
2010: Grahame Collier, NSW
2009: Jennifer Pearson, WA; Annie Beecroft, TAS
2008: Richard Smith, SA
2007: Frank Fisher, VIC

environmental educator of the year awards
Awarding the 2016 Environmental Educators of the year at the 2016 AAEE Biennial Conference in Adelaide. L to R: Sue Martin (Awards Coordinator), Noeleen Rowntree - QLD (Award recipient), Allen Hill Tas. (Award recipient), Mark Caddey (AAEE President) and Hugh Kneebone (Conference Convenor).

Brian Foreman Scholarship

The Brian Foreman Scholarship was created to assist a member of the association to travel and attend the biennial conference. Brian Foreman was a founding member of the Association in 1980 and his work in South Australia is legendary. This award is in recognition of Brian’s contribution to environmental education in general and to AAEE in particular. Read Brian’s Story.

2018 Nominations

Nominations Closed 3 June 2018.

Applications are now open for the Brian Foreman Scholarship Award. Applicants must be a current AAEE member and are invited to submit a one page submission.

Download the Application Details [pdf]

"As an Environmental Educator I am privileged to work in an industry that is committed making changes in a variety of forums. In my day-to-day work I come into contact with academics in the field as well as classroom teachers. There is a natural synergy between the work I do with Deakin University and the work I do with Environmental Education Victoria, as it affords me the ability to see theory and practice combine."

- Jorja McKinnon

Past Recipients

2016: Jorja McKinnon
2014: Janine Baker
2012: Anne Pettit, WA

L-R: Mark Caddey (president), Peter Fensham (first AAEE president), Heather Smith (daughter of John Smith AAEE elder), Leigh Foreman (son of Brian Foreman)

Fellowship of AAEE

After a brief interval, the Fellowship of AAEE was reinstated in 2012 to recognise a member who had made an outstanding contribution to environmental education at a national level over their career. This recognition is the awarded by the Executive Committee. Our past recipients are still very involved in the field of Education for Sustainability.

Past Recipients

2014: Amy Cutter-Mackenzie (read more)
2012: Syd Smith, NSW