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.

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.

2019 Nomination is Now Open

AAEE Executive and the Award Recognition Committee invite nominations from Chapters for the 12th 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

Nominations Close 16 September 2019.

2018 Recipient

Congratulations to Jenny Dibley – the 2018 AAEE Environmental Educator of the Year!

L-R: Jenny Dibley, Jennifer Pearson and Mark Caddey celebrate the AAEE 2018 EE Award.

Jenny is recognised as a leader in her field, particularly through her involvement in the development of the NSW Environmental Education Policy for Schools and the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI). Jenny signed up all ACT schools (government and non-government) to Actsmart Schools. ACT is the only jurisdiction in Australia to have all schools registered with the program.

Jenny’s commitment to sustainability education has not been confined to her paid work. As President of the Sydney West Branch of the ATA (Alternative Technology Association), based at the Hawkesbury Campus of Western Sydney University (WSU), a position she has held for over ten years, Jenny organises speakers and workshops and has created the Hawkesbury Sustainability Lecture Series.

She has been actively involved in Sustainable House Day since it commenced and responsible for the promotion and opening of an environment centre (EarthCare) located at Western Sydney University (WSU) each year. She has been involved as a volunteer at the Centre for over 20 years.

Past Recipients

2017: Associate Professor Jo-Anne Ferreira QLD
2016: Allen 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

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 for the Brian Foreman Scholarship Award 2018 have closed and will reopen in 2020. Applicants must be a current AAEE member and are invited to submit a one page submission.

Download the Application Details [pdf]

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).

"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

2018: Katherine Gaschk & Angela Colliver
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.

2018 Recipient

Professor Bob Stevenson

This year at the AAEE 2018 Conference we recognised Professor Bob Stevenson as an AAEE Fellow. Prof Stevenson is a Research Leader (Education for Sustainability) at The Cairns Institute, Director of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Sustainability Education at JCU and is Executive Editor of the Journal of Environmental Education (the oldest journal in the field).

Professor Stevenson’s research has focused on theory-policy-practice relationships in environmental sustainability education and its history and marginalised status as an educational reform in K-12 schooling. He has critically examined international and national policies and discourses and has developed seminal explanations of the discrepancies between policies and practice in environmental education, arguing for more inclusive and participatory approaches to policy formulation. His current research interests centre on the current and potential sites of learning about issues of environmental sustainability by young people and how schools, peers, electronic media and the home, are being used and can be constructively used to work toward a more sustainable and just society.

Past Recipients

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

Prof Bob Stevenson received certificate as AAEE 2018 Fellow
L-R: Cam Mackenzie, Immediate Past President Mark Caddey, 2018 Fellow Prof Bob Stevenson and Jo Ferreira