The Arizona Association for Environmental Education

Arizona’s professional association for the state’s environmental educators was recently recognized for leadership in the environmental education field.

The Arizona Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), which is based in Goodyear but has statewide reach, received the North American Association for Environmental Education’s (NAAEE) Outstanding Affiliate Organization Award.

AAEE was recognized for having made significant contributions in 2018 to the field of environmental education through regional collaborations, a reflective self-assessment to inform a new strategic plan, expanding environmental education certification across Arizona, and the launch of a new active and energetic website that provides opportunities for users to engage with AAEE and the field as a whole.

AAEE also reached the top 1 percent of nonprofit organizations on GuideStar by achieving the 2018 Silver Seal of Transparency and is restructuring its membership model to raise awareness and elevate the professional status of environmental education.

Additionally, AAEE worked hand in hand with NAAEE to support broad initiatives for the field including the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP), the Natural Start Alliance and the Affiliate Network.

Aside from making significant contributions to the field of environmental education through these exhaustive efforts, AAEE is continuously pursuing more strategies for catalyzing early childhood environmental education, a diverse and inclusive movement, civic engagement and the professionalization of the field.

“AAEE’s determined efforts and accomplishments in leadership and service to environmental education reflect the best in our field,” said Judy Braus, NAAEE’s executive director. “Our award winners truly exemplify innovative, inspirational, and resilient leadership that will help us shape a more sustainable and equitable society.”

For the full list of international recipients deemed by NAAEE to be outstanding individual and organizational leaders, visit naaee.org/our-work/programs/awards.

Beyond the bestowment of an award by NAAEE, AAEE recently held its second statewide summit to bring practitioners and supporters of environmental education to contribute ideas, priorities and a vision for furthering environmental literacy in Arizona.

On November 27, AAEE also kicked off its annual fundraising campaign to help raise $5,000 to support its environmental education initiatives in Arizona, including scholarships for the Environmental Education Certification Program, which certifies participants as professional environmental educators in Arizona and beyond. This campaign will run through January 1. Donations can be made through their website and any organization interested in matching funds or donating can contact Shawn McCrohan at info@arizonaee.org.

For more information on AAEE’s annual fundraising campaign, visit arizonaee.org/donate-join-support-aaee/2018-aaee-annual-fundraiser.

For more information on the environmental education certification program, visit arizonaee.org/arizona-environmental-education-certification-program.