EE 30 Under 30 Changemaker Grantees

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Our EE 30 Under 30 Changemaker Grantees are showcasing the power of environmental education to address social and environmental issues, reconnect communities with nature and their land, and build critical skills and environmental literacy in children and adults around the world.

Since 2020, the Changemaker Grants program has provided a number of EE 30 Under 30 alumni with financial and professional development support to bring new transformative ideas to life and sustain their ongoing work. Our grantees receive small grants, training, and a community of support to boost their impact as they implement projects that build low-carbon economies, create resilient communities, and protect and restore ecosystems in communities across six continents.

Their grant projects build on their inspiring leadership addressing a wide range of sustainability issues, including reconnecting indigenous communities to traditional land-based practices, empowering youth to inform national climate policies, creating inclusive and culturally relevant E-STEM education kits for at-home learning, and much more.

Contact Nina Hamilton at for more information about the program.

Learn more about all of our grantees and their projects below!

Adedoyin Adeleke

Age: 29
Ibadan, Nigeria

International Support Network for African Development (ISNAD-Africa)
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Damilola Aminat Adeyemi

Age: 29
Ifo, Nigeria

Bookers International Schools
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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 Coordinator of Education
Foundation for Environmental Education
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Symone Barkley

Age: 30
Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Communications Specialist
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Kehkashan Basu

Age: 18
Toronto, Canada

Founder and President
Green Hope Foundation
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Connel Bradwell

Age: 26
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society
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Leah Davidson

Age: 23
Arlington, Virginia, United States

Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
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Erinn Drage

Age: 24
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Freelance Producer
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Emmanuel Ken Ekwerem

Age: 26
Akpugoeze, Enugu State, Nigeria

Manager, Environmental Education
Akpugoeze Conservation & Development Association
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Lauren Gibson

Age: 22
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

PhD student
North Carolina State University
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Ciarra Greene

Age: 28
Lewiston, Idaho, United States

Graduate Student
Portland State University
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Jared Hiakita

Age: 30
Panguru, New Zealand

Kaiārahi - Waste Advisor
Para Kore - Zero Waste
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Mariam Kabamba

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

National Coordinator
Congo Environnement et Nature
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Dieuwertje Kast

Age: 27
Los Angeles, California, United States

STEM Programs Manager
USC Joint Educational Project
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Alerick Pacay

Age: 27
Guatemala, Guatemala

Founder and Former CEO
Semillas del Océano
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Pratikshya Paneru

Age: 29
Tanahun, Nepal

Assistant Forest Officer
Division Forest Office Kaski
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Adam Ratner

Age: 29
Sausalito, California, United States

Associate Director of Conservation Education
The Marine Mammal Center
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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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Elise Trelegan

Age: 25
Salisbury, Maryland, United States

Environmental Education Outreach Specialist
NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
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Isabella Villanueva

Age: 26
Santiago, Chile

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