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Global Schools Program Manager Recognized as EE 30 Under 30

Amanda Abrom was chosen for her work mobilizing teachers, students, and schools around the world to teach sustainable development

[Washington, D.C., September 15, 2021] Amanda Abrom was selected by The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) for its sixth class of 30 leaders under the age of 30. She will join a growing class of young leaders using environmental education to build sustainable and equitable communities around the world. Amanda is the Program Manager of the Global Schools Program at the UN SDSN, a network of 1,000 schools, 600+ program alumni, and 18 team members working across 80+ countries to bring sustainable development education to classrooms.

Amanda Abrom contributes to this network of leaders through her work with the UN on the Global Schools Advocates Program, which provides free training to teachers on sustainable development. During the program’s first iteration for teachers, it reached 27,500 students through 2,300 lessons on sustainable development. She also serves on the Secretariat of Mission 4.7, a high-level task force to achieve the vision of transformative education and ensure learners have the knowledge to promote social inclusion, find peace and cooperation, and raise awareness of how to protect our societies from global threats.

“Becoming an EE 30 Under 30 is an amazing next step on my life-long path to continue advocating at the policy and grassroots level to achieve quality education for all,” said Amanda. “Working with so many communities globally has given me a vision for a better world where schools are the epicenters for students to learn the knowledge, values, and behaviors needed by global citizens. I am so grateful for this recognition.”

EE 30 Under 30 aims to empower exceptional young leaders in EE to expand their impact, and inspire and mentor the next generation of sustainability leaders. The Class of 2021 will join the global EE 30 Under 30 community of inspiring leaders and will receive ongoing support to expand their impact through networking, peer mentoring, global recognition, and opportunities for professional development and grants.

Since 2016, NAAEE's EE 30 Under 30 program has recognized 180 individuals from 40 countries who are making a difference through environmental education. This program is made possible by the Global Environmental Education Partnership, the U.S. Forest Service, and Wells Fargo.

Executive Director of NAAEE Judy Braus says, “We can’t address today's complex challenges without the talent and innovation of the diverse cultural backgrounds, perspectives, and disciplines that make up our world. These leaders exemplify the incredible passion, creativity, and impact of young people who are taking action and inspiring others to build a more just and greener future. We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2021 to the impressive EE 30 Under 30 community.”

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For five decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has served as the professional association, champion, and backbone organization for the field of environmental education (EE), working with EE professionals across United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as globally, to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement to create a more equitable and sustainable future. For more information on NAAEE, visit