Dear Friend,

The planning committee for the  5th annual African American Environmental Pioneers Awards (AAEPA) wants this event to recognize the important milestone of our 5th year.  The tentative event date is Monday, Feb 19th 2024. We hope you share our excitement and will join our partners in making this 5th annual event special! 

We are offering you the opportunity to support this grass-roots event at the following levels:

Steward $1,000 or greater Logo placement on event website, social media, digital communications and print materials, and special thanks during the award ceremony including on the event Program booklet.

Enthusiast $500 or greater Logo placement on the website and print materials.

Supporter $250 to $499 Name recognition in program booklet. $100 – $249, our eternal gratitude

These awards were first held in 2019, in effort to recognize African-American community members who have dedicated themselves to work in service of the Milwaukee community, and the planet, through their work in environmental conservation, sustainability or advocacy.  We hold the awards ceremony during Black History Month to honor the rich cultural history of the African Diaspora, while celebrating our living generations of all ages for their efforts to make the world a better place through environmental stewardship. 

Your support will make a tremendous difference. If you would like to contribute online, please donate through our PayPal donations link

(Donations are being managed by Nearby Nature Milwaukee, and are tax deductible.)  If you have questions please email  

To donate by mail, send check Payable to: Nearby Nature Milwaukee with “Pioneer Awards” or AAEPA on the memo line.  MAIL TO:

Nearby Nature Milwaukee
1836 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53205

For all the latest details and updates, please visit our event web page.

Thank you very much,

AAEPA Planning Committee

  • Yvonne McCaskil, Century City Triangle Neighborhood Association 
  • Detaya Johnson, Nearby Nature Milwaukee 
  • David Thomas, Nearby Nature Milwaukee
  • Terry Evans, Urban Ecology Center
  • Aton Fox, Milwaukee Water Commons 
  • Danitra Jones, Northwest Side CDC
  • Wilniesha Smith, Reflo 
  • Steven Hunter, 7iam4life Wellness
  • Jen Abel, Sierra Club Great Waters Group.