The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award
"Positive solutions to achieve a sustainable planet begin in the classroom with teachers...who are true leaders in education."
--Richard C. Bartlett
About the AwardA visionary, Richard C. Bartlett (1935-2011) inspired environmental educators nationwide. He believed that education is critical to preserving the natural world for future generations. His commitment to conservation and environmental education spanned over four decades. The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award, made possible through the generous support of Baxter Healthcare Corporation, was established with an original grant from Toyota Motor Sales USA to distinguish the teachers who best represent Dick Bartlett’s passion for and leadership in environmental education.
While serving as president and CEO of Mary Kay, the company received numerous environmental awards. Mr. Bartlett was chairman of the board of NEEF before becoming one of our honorary board members and served on the boards of the Nature Conservancy, the National Council on Science and the Environment, the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Center for Big Bend Studies. He was co-founder of the Thinking Like a Mountain Foundation, which offers grants to “thinkers and artists” in residence at an environmental ethics resources center, library and observatory in Texas. To learn more about the life of Mr. Bartlett, please read his biography.
The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award is given annually to an outstanding middle or high school teacher who successfully integrates environmental education into their curriculum and engages students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges. The award recognizes an educator who can serve as an inspiration and model for others.
The 2012 Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award will go to a high school teacher, which includes grades 9-12. Because middle and high school teachers may face different challenges in their teaching on the environment, the award alternates between middle and high school teachers each year.
The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award winner will receive $5,000 and two merit winners will receive $750 each.
Read about Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award winners.
The 2012 Richard C. Bartlett Application process is closed.