Awards

It is the honor of EECO to recognize individuals and organizations that are providing exemplary EE and striving to preserve our natural environment in Ohio. Consider nominating a deserving person or organization for an EECO Award by downloading and submitting the nomination form. Nominations are accepted each year for the following awards. An awards committee reviews all nominations and selects recipients. Awards are presented during the EECO Annual Conference each April.

For a complete list of past award winners, please click here


These awards (unless otherwise designated), were to be given in 2020


Finlay­ Johnson Award

This award is in honor of two men, Carl Johnson and Bob Finlay, who were instrumental to the creation, as well as a lifetime of dedication, to the Environmental Education Council of Ohio. The award is presented to an EECO member for making a significant or outstanding contribution to the organization.


Presented to Lynn White (pictured on left of Lynn is Jeff Montavon- EECO Vice President) 

Nominated by Carolyn Watkins




Outstanding Environmental Educator in the Field of Formal Education

The award recognizes a preschool, elementary, middle school, high school or college teacher, administrator or curriculum specialist for outstanding contributions to environmental education in Ohio.


Presented to James Trogdon, Coventry Jr. High        

Nominated by Sue Cook (pictured on the right of James is Sue Cook, EECO Past President) 





Outstanding Environmental Educator in the Field of Nonformal Education

Each year, EECO presents a nonformal educator for outstanding contributions to environmental education in Ohio

Presented to Kathy Garza-Behr

Nominated by Jen Dennison (pictured with Jeff Montavon, EECO Vice President on left)



Outstanding Volunteer Award

The award is given to a volunteer who has made a significant or outstanding contribution to environmental education in Ohio.


Presented to Berman Layer, Fiver Rivers Metro Park

Nominated by Lauren Asquith




The Charley Harper Award:

Charley Harper was a Cincinnati­ based artist known for his wildlife prints, posters and illustrations. In his honor, EECO recognizes artists who have made a significant or outstanding contribution to environmental education in Ohio through various forms of art.


Presented to Clair Bailey of Medina County Park District

Nominated by Shelley Tender & Nichole Schill   




Christy Dixon Award - given to a young professional who has contributed significantly to

environmental education in Ohio.

Presented to Sarah Cline  (pictured on left is Jeff Montavon, the current EECO Vice President)




Organization Award - given to a business or organization that has made a significant contribution to environmental education in Ohio

Presented to Dan Hodges of Tri- Moraine Audubon Society





Publications Award - given to a publication that has made a significant contribution to the public

understanding of an environmental issue(s).

Presented to Sue Wintering and PLT for the Green Jobs PLT Publication






Ohio Alliance for the Environment Award – given to a business or industry that is dedicated to fostering a climate of cooperation for resolving environmental problems.

Presented to Shackleford Disposal in Licking County




Lifetime Achievement Award- given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to Environmental Education in Ohio.

Presented to Cathy Knoop for 2020



Lifetime Achievement Award- given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to Environmental Education in Ohio.


Presented to Sue Wintering for 2022







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