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Richard C. Bartlett Award

EPA and NEEF agreement:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation have partnered together to collaboratively select and present the Richard C. Bartlett Award to one of the Presidential Innovation for Environmental Education Award Winners for 2014.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation are dedicated to recognizing an exceptionally outstanding 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.

To learn more or to submit an application, please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.

What is the Bartlett Award?

Richard C BartlettThe Richard C. Bartlett Award, made possible through the generous support of Baxter Healthcare Corporation, was established by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) in 2007 to distinguish teachers who best represent Richard C. Bartlett’s passion for and leadership in environmental education. Richard Bartlett (1935-2011) believed that the role of teachers in integrating environmental education is critical to preserving the natural world for future generations. His commitment to conservation and environmental education spanned over four decades and inspired environmental educators nationwide.

Bartlett Award winners are selected by a distinguished national panel of judges based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrating creative, replicable approaches to environmental education
  • Adopting an interdisciplinary or systems thinking approach to integrating environmental education across subject areas
  • Engaging others, such as fellow teachers, administrators and community members in their environmental education efforts
  • Increasing student achievement within and beyond the classroom.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Teacher must currently be teaching at a public or private school in the United States.
  • Teacher must have at least five years of teaching experience.
  • Teacher must currently be teaching grades K- 12.
  • Teacher cannot be a current member of the Classroom Earth Teacher Advisory Committee.
  • Teachers who have previously received the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award are not eligible to be nominated. This does not include past merit award winners.
  • If a nominee’s school has applied for NEEF’s Sustainable Energy Award, he or she may still be nominated for the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award. However, if the nominee’s school wins the Sustainable Energy Award, he or she will no longer be eligible to win the Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award or merit awards.  

Application process:

To learn more or to submit an application, please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.

Representatives from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) will select one winner from the pool of national PIAEE winners to receive the national Bartlett Award.  The 2014 Bartlett Award winner must be selected from among the 2014 PIAEE winners. NEEF may also select 2 merit winners. 

Note: Teachers must indicate on the PIAEE application form that they wish to be considered for the Bartlett Award, and that they meet the Bartlett eligibility criteria, as outlined above, and on the application form.

Additionally, strong consideration for the Bartlett Award will be given to teachers who have successfully integrated environmental education into the broader school curriculum across multiple disciplines including science, physical education, history or social studies, and art, music, or language arts.

Note: Only application materials required for the PIAEE Award submission will be considered for the 2014 Bartlett Award. However, while the entire PIAEE submission will be taken into account in determining the Bartlett Award winner, special consideration will be given to responses to the following PIAEE selection criteria: Community, Leadership and Integration. 

Winner recognition:

The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award winner will receive $5,000 and two merit winners will receive $750 each.  Additionally, the $5,000 winner also receives a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with national environmental education leaders.

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