Thirty Environmental Educators from 16 Countries Recognized as EE 30 Under 30


August 21, 2019

Washington, D.C., August 19, 2019 – The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has announced its fourth class of EE 30 Under 30 winners, which are part of a growing network of 120 impactful leaders, including teachers, conservationists, researchers, and social entrepreneurs.

EE 30 Under 30 was created in 2016 to recognize exemplary young professionals who are harnessing the power of education to create a more sustainable future. The Class of 2019 contributes to this network of leaders by addressing social and environmental issues ranging from mobilizing students for climate action to mitigating tensions between humans and wildlife.

The EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2019 includes:

Adam Young, 29, CanadaKim Alvin C. De Lara, 28, Philippines
Ajay Mittal, 29, IndiaKimi Waite, 30, United States
Alerick Pacay, 27, GuatemalaLybdsey Franklin, 23, United States
Alex Goetz, 27 United StatesMariam Kabamaba Merry, 30, Democratic Republic of Congo
Ananda Winny Mezha Puteri, 20, IndonesiaNicole Andreou, 28, Denmark
Anna Tari, 30, SpainNiria Alicia Garcia, 27, United States
Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne, 28, Sri LankaPangaea Finn, 14, United States
Beatriz Canas, 30, United StatesQuek Yew Aun, 27, Malaysia
Charles Mugarura, 28, UgandaRaquel Ruth Condori Mamani, 29, Peru
Corrie Grosse, 29, United StatesRumbidzai Pamela Magwiro, 26, Zimbabwe
Dyson Chee, 17, United StatesSara Alamo, 28, Argentina
Eduarda Zoghbi, 26, BrazilSean Russell, 27, United States
Emmanuel Ken. Ekwerem, 26, NigeriaStephanie Quon, 18, Canada
Erinn Drage, 24, CanadaVermon D. Timbas, 30, Philippines
Jasveen Brar, 24, CanadaVeronica Lin, 25, United States


“We are honored to recognize and empower the next generation of environmental game changers from around the world,” said Judy Braus, Executive Director of NAAEE. “Not only will we be welcoming these budding leaders at this year’s NAAEE conference, but some of them will get the opportunity to share information about their work and ideas at the event’s closing panel discussion.”

The EE 30 Under 30 program supports alumni by providing ongoing leadership development, including networking opportunities, scholarships to attend the NAAEE’s Annual International Conference, and access to webinars and resources.

The program is supported by a number of partners who care deeply about building global leadership, including Wells Fargo, the Global Environmental Education Partnership, and the U.S. Forest Service. As CaSondra Devine, Sustainability Initiatives Leader at Wells Fargo says, “We believe that supporting young leaders focused on sustainability issues is one of the most important things we can do to create a more equitable, healthier future. These EE 30 Under 30 winners represent a group of incredible thinkers and doers who are already making an impact today.” 

For nearly five decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education has led efforts to use the power of education to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement to create a more equitable and sustainable future. NAAEE supports a network of more than 20,000 educators, as well as 56 state, regional, and provincial environmental education affiliate organizations in more than 30 countries.