Emerging Environmental Professional Award

The Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) Emerging Environmental Professional Achievement Award recognizes environmental professionals for their leadership, professional involvement, commitment to foster environmental improvement, and actions to help make the world a better place for future generations. We are requesting nominations from you, your company, or agency describing outstanding environmental contributions from young professionals. Self-nominations are allowed.

Nominations may include young professionals whose leadership, involvement with environmental projects or environmental programs as recognized by others. ABCEP membership is not required for the nominee or nominator. Evidence may be provided in the form of references containing personal testimonies or corroboration of professional experiences; achievements, commendations from employers, and/or other professional associations or societies; commendations from governmental and/or private sector groups. The recipient will be featured in the ABCEP Newsletter and participating organizations' publications. Recipients will be eligible to apply for certification as either a CEP-IT or CEP. Application fees to join ABCEP and participating organizations will be waived for the first year.

The ABCEP Board of Trustees are responsible for selecting the winner of the award. More than one award may be given each year.

Nominating Information

Eligibility: Environmental professionals who:

  • Are 35 years old or younger
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited university in an applicable field
  • Employed full-time as an environmental professional
  • Have a minimum of 5-years professional experience in a position of responsible charge.
  • Have demonstrated technical competence and achievements in their selected area of expertise
  • Have made a valuable contribution to the profession by serving in a leadership position, as role model, achieved innovations, and mentors or supports other professionals in work and/or community


  • Brief summary of the candidate’s achievements and contributions to the environmental profession, not to exceed one page.
  • Brief biography and resume or curriculum vitae, not to exceed five pages, with complete contact information (name, mailing address, email, and phone).
  • Letter of support or nomination letter that provides content pertaining to the candidate’s achievements, contributions, and/or technical excellence. No more than three letters, each will be evaluated independently.
  • Documents or exhibits that the candidate chooses to illustrate support for his/her nomination, each example no more than 10 pages in length.


  • The Awards Task Force of the ABCEP Board of Trustees will review and evaluate using a weighted scoring matrix
  • Phone interviews may be scheduled