6:30 pm, Monday, February 20th, 2023
Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum
2620 W Center St, Milwaukee

Nearby Nature and partners are proud to announce the 2023 African American Environmental Pioneer Awards. It’s our FOURTH annual event to honor those in Milwaukee’s African American community working for a better environment. This is an exciting and memorable event to honor the work of these environmental pioneers. Doors will open at 5:30 pm for refreshments and light fare.  The program will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

ALL SEATS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. You can Register to get email updates about next year’s event or to get the Streaming Links for this year’s Program .
Below are the links to view the program streaming live.  You can also view recordings after the program is over

Watch on YouTube: www.youtube.com/@nearbynature3817/featured
Watch on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NearbyNatureMKE 

Here is the 2023 Honor Roll:

Pioneer Awards

  • Lori Banks, Volunteer – Sherman Park Community Assn.
  • Cassandra Flagg, CMF Consulting Services LLC
  • Felice Green, Milwaukee Water Commons
  • Ammar Nsoroma, Red, Bike & Green
  • Supreme Moore Omokunde, Wisconsin State Representative
  • Fidel Verdin, Co-Director, True-Skool

Rising Star Awards

  • Lauryn Cross, Youth Climate Action Team
  • Keviea Guiden, Citizen Action of Wisconsin – Wisconsin Climate Table
  • Imani Hunter, Arborist
  • Deniko Montgomery, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Tinuola Omolola Oladebo, Student, UWM Sustainable Peacebuilding
  • Nia Smith,  Menomonee Valley Partners

Information about previous year’s events and awardees:

2023 Steward Level Event Sponsors:

Century City Triangle Neighborhood Association Century City Triangle Neighborhood Association
Clean Wisconsin Clean Wisconsin
Fund for Lake Michigan Fund For Lake Michigan
Milwaukee Parks Foundation Milwaukee Parks Foundation logo
Milwaukee Water Commons Milwaukee Water Commons
National Audubon Society National Audubon Society logo
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy - logo
Nearby Nature Milwaukee Nearby Nature Milwaukee
Northwest Side Community Development Corp Northwest Side CDC
Reflo Reflo
Sierra Club Great Waters Group Sierra Club Great Waters Group
Social Development Foundation Social Development Foundation - logo

Supporter level event sponsor:

Compost Crusader Compost Crusader
UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences

2023 Organizing Sponsors are individuals and organizations that serve on the organizing committee

  • Lamont Smith – The Nature Conservancy
  • Yvonne McCaskill – Century City Triangle Neighborhood Association
  • Steven Hunter – Nearby Nature Milwaukee
  • Terry Evans – Urban Ecology Center, Washington Park
  • David Thomas – Nearby Nature Milwaukee
  • Milton Byers III – Audubon Wild Indigo
  • Danitra Jones – Northwest Side Community Development Corporation
  • Martina Patterson – Nearby Nature Milwaukee
  • Victoria Gillet – Sierra Club Great Waters Group
  • Aton Fox – Milwaukee Water Commons
  • Wilniesha Smith – ReFlo

We Acknowledgement the support of the following individuals and businesses:

Clayborn Benson and Jamila Benson
Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum
Lashondra Scott – Neo Soul Productions
Adah Eats – Kosher Style Catering
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
5 Points Art Gallery & Studios
Friends of Lincoln Park
Outpost Natural Foods

Thanks to the following Individual Donors:

Mabel Lamb, Sherman Park Community Association
Mark Redsten, Clean Wisconsin
David Tipsen, Clean Wisconsin
David Thomas and Diane Steigerwald

If you have come here seeking to be an event sponsor, write to us at AAEPA@NearbyNatureMKE.org