Advancing Environmental Literacy Award

Recognizes the outstanding contributions made to environmental literacy in Colorado through business, media, research, philanthropy, collaborative efforts or other innovative initiatives/projects that advance the environmental literacy of Colorado citizens or the field of environmental education. Organizations, businesses, institutions, groups or coalitions are encouraged to submit a nomination.  Self-nominations or by peers accepted.

Note: Formal and nonformal EE programs may be more applicable for the Innovative EE Award Category. Please check the criteria for both and contact CAEE if you have any questions.

Nomination Criteria

Outstanding Leadership: Nominee serves as a model for demonstrating outstanding action, contribution and leadership in environmental education and/or literacy efforts internally, locally, regionally, or statewide. The nominee models inclusivity and stakeholder and/or partner engagement.

Innovative Approach: Nominee approach is innovative, unique, creative, inclusive, relevant and action oriented. The nominee will inspire others to adopt their innovative approaches.

Impact: The nominee’s contributions and impact on its audience/community is noteworthy and nominee can demonstrate evidence of impact. Nominee’s work could be replicated by others.

Commitment to Environmental Education: The nominee is future-minded and committed to continuing and expanding their work to advance environmental education and/or literacy.

Click here for the awards criteria scoring form used by reviewers

Nomination Materials

Step 1: Online Nomination Form

Complete and Submit Online 

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Step 2: Nomination Narrative

Please submit a Word document via email (no PDF) that is no longer than 2 pages with 11 point font that includes the following items. These are specific instructions for the Advancing Environmental Literacy award category. In the top right corner of each page, please type the following: Your Program Name (please keep this short)-Advancing Environmental Literacy Award. Address each of the following items and include specific examples.

  • How is the nominee engaged in advancing environmental literacy, who do they serve and how has their audience benefited from the nominee’s work?
  • How has the nominee demonstrated innovation, inclusivity and partner engagement in advancing environmental literacy?
  • What demonstrated results and important contributions has the nominee made to the field of environmental education and/or advancing environmental literacy

Step 3: Program Photographs

Submit three high-resolution photographs depicting the program (required). (300 dpi or higher- JPEG, GIF, PNG format).  Images embedded in a PDF or Word document will not be accepted. 

Step 4: Organization Logo

Submit a high resolution logo for all equal partners (required). (300 dpi or higher- JPEG, GIF, PNG format). Images embedded in a PDF or Word document will not be accepted. If you have an equal partner organization, an organizational partner that has equally been involved with program implementation and should be included in award recognition, please send their logo as well. 

Step 5 (Optional): Digital Support 

Submit one of the following: a 3-minute video/audio clip, 5 PowerPoint slides (please save as a PDF), an article, OR a digital slideshow with no more than 10 photos highlighting the program. Digital item is supplemental and should NOT be a substitute for required nomination information. (encouraged, but not required)

Due to the size of photos, logos and digital support, please share these items through a file sharing program such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. in cases where the file size is greater than 10MB.  Sharing settings should be set to allow CAEE to share materials with reviewers.

Submitting Your Nomination


The nomination will be evaluated on the information you provide and its completeness, legibility, and clarity.

In the email subject line, please type your program name and the award you are nominating for. 
Please name each material with your information as follows: Your Program Name (please keep this short)-Advancing Award-Material Type (materials type examples: Narrative; Photo 1; Logo, Digital support, etc.) 

Photo Release: Any photos or other digital media submitted may be edited, copied, published, and distributed in CAEE communications and publications. Therefore you should have photo releases on file for any children pictured and permission to share those photos.