EECOM

Awards of Excellence

EECOM’s Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication recognize contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations engaged in environmental learning across Canada.

We recognize individuals and organizations that have collectively influenced hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens and helped implement one of EECOM’s key goals – to advance environmental learning, ensuring Canadians are environmentally literate, engaging in environmental stewardship, and contributing to a healthy, sustainable future.

EECOM welcomes nominees working in a wide range of fields, including those that support Indigenous Peoples, histories, and cultures in their approach to environmental education and communication (e.g., honouring the spirit of learning, a sense of place, relational understanding, reciprocity, collaboration, and language).

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Nominations for the 2019 Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education and Communication opened December 10, 2018 and closed February 11, 2019. Awards recipients were recognized on May 10, 2019 at the EECOM 2019 Conference taking place on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River on Treaty 6 territory, Saskatoon, Canada.

Award Categories:

Outstanding Organization

Any organization (governmental, NGO, non-profit or private) that has significantly contributed to an environmental education or communication project demonstrating an increase in public awareness about the environment and/or acted as a catalyst to foster environmental education initiatives.

Project scope could range from in-house to national or international. The project should have concrete results in terms of engagement of the target audience and/or contributions to knowledge/research in environmental education or communication.

Outstanding Individual in an Organization

An individual associated with an organization (governmental, NGO, non-profit or private) who has made a significant contribution to environmental education of communication in one or more of the following:

  • visible contributions in environmental education or communication (research, innovations, curricula, legislation, etc.);
  • outstanding environmental action, contribution or stance with respect to environmental education or communication;
  • excellence in reporting environmental issues for the purpose of public education.

Outstanding Educator

Awarded to a formal (K-12) or informal (outdoor/community-based) educator who has successfully developed and/or carried out transformative environmental education or communication programs that include:

  • fostering a greater understanding of ecological principles or environmental issues;
  • fostering of environmental ethics;
  • re-imagining curriculum to incorporate environment and outdoor learning;
  • developing skills;
  • implementing environmental action projects, etc.

Outstanding Early Childhood Educator

Awarded to an early childhood educator who has successfully developed and/or carried out environmental education initiatives or projects, such as:

  • environmental action projects that aim to reduce energy and/resource consumption;
  • development of educational activities themed around nature exploration that aim to increase children’s connection to nature and respect the environment;
  • outdoor play space redesign projects that prioritize natural elements, including natural play materials (wood, soil, plants, etc.).

Outstanding K-12 Class, School, or School District

Any class, school, or school district that has gone above and beyond the call of duty by developing and implementing innovative environmental education or communication programs with the following criteria:

  • fostering a greater understanding of ecological principles or environmental issues;
  • fostering of environmental ethics;
  • developing skills;
  • implementing environmental action projects, etc.

Outstanding Post-Secondary Educator

Awarded to a post-secondary educator who has successfully developed and/or carried out transformative environmental education or communication programs that include:

  • fostering a greater understanding of ecological principles or environmental issues;
  • fostering of environmental ethics;
  • re-imagining curriculum to incorporate environment and outdoor learning;
  • developing skills;
  • implementing environmental action projects, etc.

Outstanding Post-Secondary Institution, Department, Program, or Club

Any post-secondary educational institution, department, program, or a club at an institution, that has demonstrated excellence in developing and implementing innovative environmental education or communication programs with the following criteria:

  • fostering a greater understanding of ecological principles or environmental issues;
  • fostering of environmental ethics;
  • developing skills;
  • implementing environmental action projects, or reducing the human use of energy or resources.

The work may involve a specific course, project or an on-going commitment to environmental education.

Outstanding Youth Action (Leader or Organization)

Any youth leader (under the age of 30) or youth-led organization that has taken leadership or action with an environmental education or communication initiative with the following criteria:

  • fostering a greater understanding of ecological principles or environmental issues;
  • fostering of environmental ethics;
  • developing skills;
  • implementing environmental action projects, etc.