Rhode Island Environmental
Education Association

Environmental Education Awards

Each year, RIEEA recognizes educators, youth, organizations, and schools across Rhode Island who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and dedication to help their communities learn about the environment and engage in outdoor learning and recreation. Nominations are solicited from the community each summer and we celebrate the winners in the fall.

2023 Environmental Education Awards Presented by SouthCoast Wind

Congratulations to the 2023 Awardees! Each of these winners exemplify dedication and commitment to environmental education and outdoor learning and recreation.

Adrienne Buckley, Teacher of the Year
Lizz Malloy, Environmental Educator of the Year
Maggie Lauder, Student/Youth of the Year
Wild Lives, Organization of the Year

Please join us on Thursday, October 5, 2023, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Save The Bay Center in Providence to recognize and celebrate Adrienne, Lizz, Maggie, and Wild Lives. There will be lite fare served by a local caterer, live music, and a short program in which the winners will accept their awards. Tickets are limited. 

Thanks to the generous support of our presenting sponsor, SouthCoast Wind, as well as Save The Bay, Newport Vineyards, Long Live Beerworks, The Granny Squibb Company, Belmont Market, and our members and donors, we are able to offer tickets on a sliding scale to ensure everyone can access our event.

Past Recipients:


  • Student of the Year: Fiona Brand
  • Teacher of the Year: Stacy Gale
  • Nonformal Educator of the Year: Tracey Hall
  • Organization of the Year: The Greene School


  • All Rhode Island Teachers in recognition of all of the hard work they did in 2020 – and continue to do – to keep our children healthy, safe, and academically engaged, many times outdoors! 


  • Student of the Year: Willa Phillips
  • Teacher of the Year: Jane O’Connell
  • Informal Educator of the Year: Bill Oakes         
  • Organization of the Year: Movement Education Outdoors


  • Student of the Year: Brendan Peck
  • Teacher of the Year: Doreen Schiff
  • Environmental Educator of the Year: Kimberly Sullivan          
  • Program of the Year: The Empowerment Factory


  • Teacher of the Year: Kerri Withrow Valentine
  • Environmental Educator of the Year: Lisa Maloney


  • Teacher of the Year: Holly Emery
  • Environmental Educator of the Year: Molly Allard        


  • Teacher of the Year: Ray Allsworth        
  • Environmental Educator of the Year: April Alix

2022 Award Winners, above from left to right: Student of the Year Fiona Brand, Teacher of the Year Stacy Gale, Nonformal Educator of the Year Tracey Hall, and Founder/Board Chair and Students of Organization of the Year, The Greene School.

2020 Award Winners

2020 Award Winners, above from left to right: Jo Ayuso of Organization of the Year Movement Education Outdoors, Informal Educator of the Year Bill Oakes, Teacher of the Year Jane O’Connell, and Student of the Year Willa Phillips.

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