PLT’s Leadership in Education Award

PLT’s Leadership in Education Award recognizes those who make significant contributions to advance PLT programs and initiatives at the state or regional level.


See You on the Trail that Students Built!

With PLT GreenWorks! grants, students in Alabama, Indiana and Michigan took the lead to restore, design and build nature trails, learning about ecosystems and forest health.

Ed Lewis
Outstanding Educator

Ed Lewis is a Procurement Forester for Westrock, one of the world’s largest paper and packaging companies. Ed sources wood from sustainably managed forests in …

PLT’s Leadership in Education Award

PLT’s new Leadership in Education Award is designed to recognize individuals and partners who have made significant contributions to support PLT programs and initiatives at the state-level. Join us in celebrating this year’s winners and honorees who represent our diverse network and all those who help sustain and grow PLT state programs.


PLT GreenSchools Honored as 2018 Green Ribbon Schools

The awards acknowledge the students, teachers, and school administrators who are working to improve the sustainability, health, and safety of school facilities; ensure nutrition and fitness practices; and engage students in real-world learning.

Outstanding Educator
Nancy J. Loewenstein

Nancy Loewenstein is an Alabama Extension Specialist with the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. She promotes environmental education as a teacher, facilitator, …

Outstanding Educator
Barbara Murphy

As Gifted Specialist at Westlawn Middle School in Huntsville, Alabama, Barbara Murphy teaches environmental education and Spanish and conducts enrichment classes.

Outstanding Educator
Sandy Watson

Sandy Watson teaches second grade at Lakewood Elementary School, Phenix City, Alabama, where she helped create an outdoor classroom, nature trail, and school gardens.

Outstanding Educator
Robin Nelson

Robin Nelson is an environmental education coordinator for the Alabama Department of Education in Montgomery. She developed a secondary curriculum called Water Sourcebook.