Brower Youth Awards

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The 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards was one for the books thanks to our community of supporters. Your contributions and encouragement drives our work in supporting young leaders further! You can donate and lend your support to our year round work, and get in touch with us.


Winners in 2015


Celeste Tinajero

Sparks, NV

Making impactful and lasting changes through greening a high school campus

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Dyanna Jaye

Charlottesville, VA

Mobilizing a civically engaged environmental youth coalition

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Jess Grady-Benson

Claremont, CA

Fostering fossil fuel divestment campaigns on college campuses through student training

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JP Viñals

Bronx, NY

Energizing a campaign for urban green spaces through youth engagement

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Kate Weiner

White Plains, NY

Creating an alternative space for environmental media through a student-run arts collective

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Ryan Camero

Stockton, CA

Using creative storytelling to chronicle a fragile delta and the communities that surround it

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Selection Committee

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Barbara Brower

Barbara Brower is a Professor of Geography at Portland State University and is the daughter of David Brower. Her research interests include biogeography, cultural ecology, Nepal, the western United States, mountains, wildland resource conservation and policy, and the environmental movement.

Beth Rattner

Beth Rattner is the executive director of the Biomimicry Institute, an internationally recognized non-profit founded by Janine Benyus that empowers innovators to create nature-inspired solutions for a healthy planet. Prior to this position, Beth worked with William McDonough and Michael Braungart on The Upcycle, the sequel to Cradle to Cradle, before she helped co-found the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and became its executive director. Beth has been a long-time advocate for “circular economy” thinking, which she brought into her client engagements with Blu Skye Sustainability Consultants and Hewlett Packard’s Emerging Market Solutions (EMS) group. EMS championed a new lens on providing technology solutions to those who earn less than $2 a day. The team launched HP’s first multi-user, daisy-chained computer for poorly funded schools and a solar-powered printer, providing microfinance opportunities for women who could bring photographs to remote villages for the very first time.


Evan Bissell

Evan Bissell facilitates multi-disciplinary, community-based art and research projects for public installation and the internet. Projects take varied forms such as an interactive history of freedom and confinement in the United States. He has facilitated projects in schools (K-12) throughout the country and has presented at numerous universities, academic and activist conferences. Evan  worked as an artist/researcher with the Morris Justice Project and the Public Science Project at the CUNY Graduate Center (2014). He is currently pursuing a joint Masters degree in Public Health and City Planning at UC Berkeley and is a 2005 graduate of Wesleyan University with a double major in Painting and American Studies with an Ethnic Studies concentration.


Ike Sriskandarajah

Ike Sriskandarajah is a producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting’s radio show, Reveal. He has worked at NPR stations in the smallest (Rhode Island) and largest (Alaska) states and reported and produced for Public Radio International’s “Living on Earth.”  While there, he led a national network of youth reporters covering environmental issues facing communities of color. As a science producer at Youth Radio, Sriskandarajah continued helping teens report science stories for various outlets including NPR and National Geographic. His own reporting can be found on NPR News, The Atlantic, Marketplace, Radiolab and Studio 360.


Lynn Henning

Lynn Henning is a farmer and environmentalist from Michigan, United States. She was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2010, for her focus on water quality, fighting pollution from concentrated animal feeding facilities.[1] She exposed the egregious polluting practices of livestock factory farms in rural Michigan, gaining the attention of the federal EPA and prompting state regulators to issue hundreds of citations for water quality violations. Henning currently works for the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (SRAP), which empowers rural communities to protect themselves from the devastating health, environmental, and economic impacts of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) or “factory farms.”

Marisol Becerra

Marisol Becerra is an environmental justice scholar and activist, and won the Brower Youth Award in 2008. Her lived experiences growing up near one of Chicago’s largest industrial corridors motivate her research in the fields of environmental policy, urban sociology, and public health. Marisol spent her teenage years working on a decade long grassroots campaign for clean air with Chicago’s Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, which reached victory in August 2012 when Chicago’s Midwest Generation coal power plants spewed the last cloud of particulate matter and shut down. Through her EJ youth organizing, she got involved with Energy Action Coalition’s Power Shift 2009. Since then, Marisol has served on EAC EJ initiatives with a focus on community-based research and EJ youth career development.


Sally Bingham

The Rev. Sally Bingham has brought widespread attention to the link between religious faith and the environment through her work on The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power & Light campaign. As one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a core moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship. Sally serves as Canon for the Environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California and is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, published by St. Lynn’s Press in 2009. In 2012, Sally was awarded the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award for her environmental leadership.