Brower Youth Awards

If you missed the event or just want to relive the celebrations, check out the awards ceremony, Q&A with our winners, and each of the awardees’ films and speeches here!

Winners in 2020

Danielle Boyer

Troy, MI

Bringing STEAM Education to Indigenous Youth

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Alexandra Collins

Hinsdale, IL

Battling Cancer-Causing Air Pollution

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Haana Edenshaw

Haida Gwaii

Suing Canada for Its Role in the Climate Crisis

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Diego Arreola Fernández

Mexico City, Mexico

Fostering Environmental Activism in Mexico

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Chander Payne

Bethesda, MD

Helping Marginalized Youth Grow Food

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Isabella Wallmow

Andover, MN

Creating a Healing Space for Incarcerated Youth

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Our 2020 Selection Committee

Ken Alex

Ken is the director of Project Climate at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and Environment, focusing on the most promising climate solutions and moving them more quickly to policy and scale. From 2011 to 2018, Ken was a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and the Chair of the Strategic Growth Council, focusing on climate, energy, environment, and land use issues. Before joining the Governor’s Office, Ken was the Senior Assistant Attorney General heading the environment section of the California Attorney General’s Office, and the co-head of the Office’s global warming unit. From 2000 to 2006, Ken led the California Attorney General’s energy task force, investigating price and supply issues related to California’s energy crisis. Ken is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. in political theory from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Coretta Anderson

Coretta is the Senior Manager of Influencer Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Earthjustice—the world’s first and largest public interest environmental law organization. Coretta draws on over 15 years of experience developing and implementing integrated communications initiatives that achieve social impact and organizational success. She brings to her work a broad perspective gained in the areas of public relations, environmental policy, legislative advocacy, community outreach, fundraising and resource development, stakeholder relations and celebrity engagement. Coretta’s professional experience in the environmental space includes working for a cadre of organizations including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), UCLA’s Institute of the Environment & Sustainability and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Barbara Brower

Barbara received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley. The daughter of Anne and David Brower, she serves on Earth Island Institute’s Board of Directors. She is a Professor of Geography for Portland State University, where she has been a part of the Department of Geography for 23 years. Her research interests include cultural ecology, mountain geography, and wildland resource conservation and policy in Nepal and the western United States. Dr. Brower’s current work, The Urban Coyote Project, seeks to encourage young learners while making sense of the urban coyotes in Portland, Oregon.

Elina Brown

Elina is a creative leader specializing in development and content creation across broadcast, digital and mobile platforms. Throughout her 10+ years in the field of storytelling, she has developed and produced original series and mid to short form content for media companies across various digital platforms, as well as networks such as NBC, Food Network and the Discovery Channel. Currently, she’s working in the wellness space as a Content Director at Headspace. There she’s developing content strategy and working to expand diverse perspectives and representation within the product.

Savannah Cox

Savannah is a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning. Her research examines how climate activist groups mobilize climate resilience initiatives in order to make political claims to the city and to advance racially- and economically-just urban futures. She has focused specifically on the Rebuild by Design process in New York City, NY and the Miami Forever Bond project in Miami, FL. Her work has appeared in academic and general publications such as The New Republic, Salon, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Political Geography, and Limn.

Carlos Zambrano

Carlos is a second-generation Mexican-American born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. He began fighting for environmental justice in Oakland, working to connect Oakland youth to environmental concepts, environmental justice activists, and public agencies. He continues to support youth movements, especially his Oakland mentees that he considers his friends and children. He is honored to be a judge for the 2020 Brower Youth Awards, and he feels truly inspired by these young activists. When he is not fighting for change, Carlos dances Mexican Folklórico and crochets.