Apply for Youth and Educator Environmental Awards

The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions will be selected for the honor. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods.

The application period for the 2018 PIAEE program is now open. Applications are due by March 1.

Teacher awardees will receive a Presidential award plaque and an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient’s professional development in environmental education. Teacher awardees will also receive a congratulatory letter from a senior official from EPA and/or the White House.

The teacher’s local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs (and not for construction costs, general expenses, salaries, bonuses, or other administrative expenses).

Honorable Mention recipients will receive certificates of recognition.

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There is also the President’s Environmental Youth Award, where applicants are eligible to compete for a regional certificate of special recognition and a national Presidential award. Applications are also due by March 1. For more information, visit

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