The ACT Environment Awards celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of individuals and environment groups in the ACT Region, and the contributions they have made to the environment.

The nomination period has been extended, and will now close 5pm, Monday 26 October 2020

2020 has been a difficult year for all of us, with bushfires devastating our community and environment, and with Covid-19 changing our lives indefinitely. Nonetheless, many people in our community have done impressive work, persevering to make creative changes to their environmental work, and protecting the community from environmental damage. Nominate an individual or member group that you admire, and celebrate environmentalism, community and perseverance.

We strongly encourage anyone who has been active in environmental work this year, be it through advocacy, management, community building, research or anything in between, to nominate yourself and/or someone you admire.

The 2020 ACT Environment Awards will be presented at the Online Spring Dinner on Saturday 7th November 2020. We encourage everyone to buy a ticket to the dinner to celebrate with us and support our work.

You are welcome to nominate yourself (or your member group) or someone else.

The awards

Environmentalist of the Year

The ACT Environmentalist of the Year Award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the protection of the environment through any avenue, be it advocacy, management, community building, research or anything in between.

Anyone in the ACT Region is eligible to apply. The winner will receive a framed certificate.

Moira and John Rowland Young Environmentalist of the Year (28 years or under)

The ACT Environmentalist of the Year Award recognises a person under 28 years old who has made an outstanding contribution to the protection of the environment through any avenue, be it advocacy, management, community building, research or anything in between.

This annual award is in memory of Moira and John Rowland who were lifelong committed environmentalists and played a lead role in establishing the Conservation Council ACT Region and the Canberra Environment Centre.

The Award winner will receive a framed certificate and a cash prize of $250.

Conservation Council Member Group of the Year

The Conservation Council Member Group Award recognises the very valuable input and role of our member groups in being a voice for the environment. The Award is to go to a Conservation Council Member Group that has made an outstanding contribution to the environment.

Any financial member group of the Conservation Council for the 2019-20 financial year. Member groups nominating for this award are also welcome to nominate individuals for the other award categories.

The Award winner will receive a framed certificate.

How to Nominate

Following an extension, nominations will now close 5pm, Monday 26 October 2020. You can make a nomination using our online form, or by downloading an offline form and sending it via email or post to the Conservation Council ACT Region. You can make multiple nominations, and you can nominate the same person for multiple awards.

If you have any queries please email supporters@conservationcouncil.org.au

Award information and eligibility

For each award nomination, we ask that you clearly address the following five criteria in your nomination:

  1. Significance: The impact the nominee has made for the environment
  2. Time and effort: Quantity of work and level of dedication over this year and/or past years, with consideration of whether it was voluntary or paid
  3. Challenges overcome: Pre-existing circumstances or obstacles that arose
  4. Community and leadership: Effectiveness in motivating and empowering others, and/or building alliances
  5. Creativity and Innovation: Ways in which the nominee has brought a new angle or approach to an issue, or raised a new issue 

Your nomination should include

  • A short summary of the nominee and their work (under 400 words)
  • A short response for each criterion (under 400 words each)
  • Two referees familiar with the nominee’s work

We recommend that you prepare your responses before starting the nomination form to ensure your progress is not lost.

The nominees shall be judged against the criteria and the winner decided by a majority vote of the Awards Panel, with the Conservation Council Executive Director having a casting vote if necessary.

Awards Panel

The judging panel is made up of two past winners and a member of the Conservation Council board. This year’s panel:

  • Aoibhinn Crimmins (2019 Young Environmentalist of the Year)
  • Lawrence McIntosh (2019 Environmentalist of the Year)
  • Peter Ottesen (Conservation Council board member)