Fairbank Award for Youth Environmental Action

The Fairbank Award for Youth Environmental Action

Do you know any 12- to 19-year-olds who impress you with their commitment to the environment and their leadership skills? We encourage you to nominate them for the Fairbank Award for Youth Environmental Action.

Smiling man and woman in garden

Sarah and Owen Fairbank in their garden in Port Townsend, fall 2023. Photo by Hal Everett.

Jefferson Land Trust established the Fairbank Award in 2023 in honor of longtime Land Trust volunteers and supporters Sarah and Owen Fairbank.

The $500 award, provided by an anonymous community member, is given annually to a young person (12-19 years old) who has, in the last year, shown leadership, commitment, and innovation to build a community that’s healthy, happy, sustainable, and deeply connected to nature for generations to come.

The list below provides some examples of the types of actions that eligible nominees may be taking to demonstrate their commitment to environmental action in our community:

  • Demonstrating initiative in environmental protection/restoration and/or new projects
  • Influencing people’s behavior toward sustainable living
  • Building environmental and climate change awareness within our community
  • Engaging collaboratively and bringing about positive environmental-related change

2025 Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nominees must be between 12-19 years old as of March 14, 2025
  • Nominees must live in Jefferson County
  • Jefferson Land Trust current or former staff members, board members, or their immediate family members are not eligible to win the award or to nominate anyone for the award

2025 Nomination Instructions:

This information coming soon. Thank you for your  support of youth environmental action in Jefferson County!

Past Winners: