What are the B.E.E.P. Awards?
The BEEP awards are given by the Environmental Educators Association of Alabama
to recognize the Best Environmental Education Programs (BEEP) in Alabama.
- Best School Project
This award is given to an Alabama school who has developed an environmentally-based school project which promotes environmental awareness and fosters environmental literacy in students, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and/or other school stakeholders.
Public or private school and K-12 and beyond are eligible.
- Best Environmental Education School Course or Curriculum
This award is given to the developing organization/school of a environmental education school course or curriculum that promotes environmental awareness and fosters environmental literacy in students in Alabama.
Curriculum for publicvor private school and K-12 and beyond are eligible.
- Best Environmental Education Community Project
This award is given to the organization/school with an educational and stewardship objective that promotes environmental education throughout the community with programming and practices.
Organization/school must be based in or do work in Alabama to be eligible.
- Best Environmental Educator
(must be nominated by someone other than him or herself)
This award is given to an environmental educator who, throughout the year, has promoted environmental awareness and literacy, shares their love of the environment with people, and exemplifies environmental principles of stewardship and leadership.
- The Jeffrey Scott Hughes Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education Award
The award is named after EEAA’s founder, Jeff Hughes. This award is presented to individuals who have been an environmental educator for at least 20 years and have spent a significant portion of their careers in Alabama. These educators embody the love and passion that Jeff had for Alabama and for environmental education.
When are they awarded?
B.E.E.P. awards are given in an award ceremony Friday night at the yearly EEAA conference (Spring).
How do B.E.E.P. nominations work?
Nominations are due two months before the annual conference. Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 20th. Award nominators, or award winners, will be notified by the B.E.E.P. Award Committee a month before the conference. Award winners can be notified of their win before the conference or can be surprised at the award ceremony, this decision will be made by the nominator.
How do people send in a nomination?
Parties who are interested in nominating a person, school, group, or program can find a link to the application on the Here.
What is the schedule for BEEP awards?
Deadlines for B.E.E.P. awards can be found on the EEAA website. Nominations are due two months before the conference. Award announcements will be made a month before the conference.
What do BEEP award winners receive?
Award winners receive:
- A plaque commemorating their win
- A complimentary conference registration and membership to EEAA
- Recognition of their accomplishments on EEAA website and social media platforms.
How does judging work?
Judges represent many facets of the environmental education community across the state. They are teachers, administrators, informal educators, and content experts with experience in education and the environment. They are given the nominee’s application, an information packet, and a score sheet and asked to assess the application on a set of criteria. The criteria includes, but is not limited to their integration of the environment into their program or teaching, and how they celebrate Alabama’s unique environmental gifts.