EE 30 Under 30

Nominations are closed for 2020. The Class of 2020 will be announced in August 2020.
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What makes you a leader? And how are you harnessing the power of education to shape a sustainable and equitable world? We want to know!

Each year NAAEE opens the search to find 30 game-changing leaders under 30 years of age who are using environmental education to build a sustainable future for all. The EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2020 will join a growing alumni network of inspiring environmental education leaders and receive ongoing opportunities to network, grow professionally, and promote their work. And for the first time this year, all winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2020 NAAEE Annual International Conference in Tucson, Arizona, from October 14-17, 2020. We know that leadership takes many different forms, and we strive to recognize that diversity in leadership around the globe.



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About EE 30 Under 30

Since 2016, NAAEE's EE 30 Under 30 program has recognized 120 individuals from around the world who are making a difference through environmental education. This program is made possible by the Global Environmental Education Partnership, the U.S. Forest Service, and Wells Fargo.


Meet the EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2019!

The EE 30 Under 30 Class of 2019 represents 16 countries and includes teachers, conservationists, researchers, and social entrepreneurs that will join a growing network of 120 impactful leaders that are harnessing the power of education for a sustainable future. They are working to address social and environmental issues from local to global levels, ranging from mobilizing students for climate action to mitigating tensions between humans and wildlife. Read more about them below!

Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne

Age: 28
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Co-founder / Asia-Pacific representative
SustainSolutions.Org / UN Habitat YAB
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Sara Alamo

Age: 28
Córdoba, Argentina

Regional Coordinator
Roots & Shoots, Jane Goodall Institute
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Nicole Andreou

Age: 28
Copenhagen, Denmark

International Eco-Schools Coordinator
Foundation for Environmental Education
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Jasveen Brar

Age: 24
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Ocean Wise
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Beatriz Cañas

Age: 30
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Program Manager Science Career Continuum
Chicago Botanic Garden
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Dyson Chee

Age: 17
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Project O.C.E.A.N. Hawaiʻi
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Raquel Condori

Age: 29
Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Environmental Education Project Coordinator
Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER)
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Kim Alvin C. De Lara

Age: 28
Pililla,Rizal, Philippines

Science Teacher
Department of Education-Niogan Elementary School
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Erinn Drage

Age: 24
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Director & Producer
Trails in Tandem
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Emmanuel Ken Ekwerem

Age: 26
Akpugoeze, Enugu State, Nigeria

Manager, Environmental Education
Akpugoeze Conservation & Development Association
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Pangaea Finn

Age: 14
Boise, Idaho, United States

The Orangutan Gang
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Niria Alicia Garcia

Age: 27
Oakland, California, United States

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Corrie Grosse

Age: 29
St. Joseph, Minnesota, United States

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University
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Mariam Kabamba Merry

Age: 30
Lubumbashi, Congo, The Democratic Republic of the

National Coordinator
Congo Environnement et Nature
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Veronica Lin

Age: 25
Stanford, California, United States

PhD Candidate
Stanford University
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Rumbidzai Pamela Magwiro

Age: 26
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Community Conservation Manager
African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT)
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Charles Mugarura

Age: 28
Kampala, Uganda

Director, Permaculture Designer & Teacher
Broadfield Enterprises Uganda (BEU)
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Alerick Pacay

Age: 27
Guatemala, Guatemala

Executive Director
Semillas del Océano
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Ananda Winny Mezha Puteri

Age: 20
Masohi, Indonesia

National Director
ISEC Indonesia
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Stephanie Quon

Age: 18
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Sean Russell

Age: 27
Englewood, Florida, United States

Associate Director of Youth Engagement and Partnerships
EarthEcho International
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Anna Tari

Age: 30
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Founder and CEO
Circular Economy Club (CEC)
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Vermon D. Timbas

Age: 30
Quezon City, Philippines

Environmental Management Specialist II
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
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Kimi Waite

Age: 30
Los Angeles, California, United States

California Global Education Project & National Geographic Education
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Adam Young

Age: 29
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communication - EECOM
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Eduarda Zoghbi

Age: 26
Brasilia, Brazil

MPA Candidate
Columbia University
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