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Call for Nominations: Urban Waters Learning Network 2018 Learning Network Awards

February 12

2018 Urban Waters Learning Network Contest

Download the 2018 Call for Nomination and join our mailing list to receive updates on the Urban Waters Learning Network Awards!


Individuals or organizations must be members of the Urban Waters Learning Network’s online Basecamp community, be past or current Urban Waters Small Grants recipients, past participants in an Urban Waters Learning Forum or other UWLN training opportunity, or affiliated with an Urban Water Federal Partnership location in order to be eligible to win. Federal employees and agencies are not eligible to win but may submit a nomination. Award winners are required to attend award ceremony on Sunday, April 29, 2018,

How to Enter

Submit a Nomination Form with a Nomination Letter explaining your nomination/entry via the Web Entry Form, or via email to dtoledo@rivernetwork.org and annmarie@groundworkhv.org by Monday, February 12, 2018.  Indicate whether your nomination is for a Learning Network Signature Award or a Learning Network Expert Award. Self-nominations are accepted.

Award Descriptions

Learning Network Signature Award (one award/year, limited to individuals) – Made to an individual who contributes to the overall success of the Urban Waters Learning Network (UWLN) and its members by sharing their expertise and experience with their peers through peer mentoring, presentations or other means, and by inspiring their peers to learn and grow together as experts.

Learning Network Expert Award (up to 3 awards/year, awarded to individuals and organizations) – Made to and individual or organization who pursue innovative, effective, impactful, and inclusive strategies to achieve results that benefit their local urban waterways and the communities that surround them. In the nomination form, please indicate the category/categories under which you are submitting the nomination. Nominations may be submitted under more than one category.

  • Green Infrastructure & StormwaterNominee demonstrates innovative and effective use of green infrastructure and other approaches to stormwater management – through planning, education, advocacy and/or installation – that yield positive environmental impacts and provide other quality-of-life benefits to the local community.
  • Youth Leadership – Nominee demonstrates a highly successful youth leadership program that opens up avenues for youth in our most vulnerable low-income communities. Program shows track record of providing access to youth, a rigorous training in environmental concepts, community context for youth work, and/or support for their path forward as adults in the field.
  • Environmental Justice & Equity – Nominee demonstrates a commitment to and implementation of environmental justice principles to make real gains towards the dual goals of granting all the same degree of protection from environmental health hazards and equitable access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work. 
  • Job Training – Nominee demonstrates commitment to creating meaningful career paths in fields that help restore urban waters by providing workforce training services, helping develop markets, and connecting trainees with job opportunities.
  • Environmental Education – Nominee demonstrates creative ways of educating youth and/or communities in environmental science in order to promote civic engagement and outcomes that protect the environment.
  • Water Quality & Monitoring – Nominee demonstrates a compelling vision and an innovative approach to protecting and restoring their local urban water resources by implementing approaches that directly address important threats to water quality and/or support members of their communities in conducting citizen science to help inform water management activities.

Selection Process

Award recipients are selected by a committee chaired by the UWLN Coordinators – River Network and Groundwork USA. EPA staff may provide technical clarity on the topic areas when necessary and appropriate, but are not members of the selection committee. The selection committee will be assembled from the UWLN community once all nominations have been received.

Awards and Prizes

Each recipient of a 2018 Urban Waters Learning Network Award will receive:

  • Financial support for one individual to travel to the Urban Waters Learning Forum on Sunday, April 29, 2018, where they present their work and accept the award.
  • Scholarship for one individual to attend the 2018 River Rally in Olympic Valley, CA, April 29-May 2, 2018. Scholarship includes event registration, lodging, and meals.
  • Professional support for communications and/or graphic design services (details to be determined).

Contact Us

Have questions? Please email annmarie@groundworkhv.org or DToledo@rivernetwork.org.


February 12