2020 Awards and Scholarship Event

Each fall, the San Diego Chapter holds an Awards and Scholarship Banquet to provide scholarships to student members who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement in the environmental field. The event is also an opportunity to recognize exceptional technical and environmental documents and celebrates the accomplishments of local agencies, firms, and professionals. Since the inception of this event, the San Diego Chapter has awarded more than $50,000 in student scholarships. 

On October 22, 2020 the San Diego Chapter of AEP will recognize the best in technical and environmental documents and celebrate the accomplishments of local agencies, firms, professionals and students at our annual Awards and Scholarship Event. This is our Chapter’s premier event each year, and while we are unable to gather together in person this tradition will carryon and the event will be held via Zoom. Our keynote address will be from Omar Passions, Director, Office of Integrative Services, Housing & Community Development Services, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, who will discuss the intersection of racial and environmental justice.

Who: Open to everyone
When: October 22, 2020 from 12noon-1:30pm
Where: Zoom

Join us for this year's event, registration is now open!

Award Nominations

It‘s time to show off what you've been working so hard on! This year there will be a $50 application fee to submit nominations. This fee will directly fund this year‘s student scholarships. This year, instead of two $2,000 student scholarships, we will be giving out three! The third scholarship, the $1,000 Diversity in the Environmental Profession AEP Scholarship, will be focused on supporting high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing an education in environmentally related topics and will be given to a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) recipient. This new scholarship is a specific action San Diego AEP is taking to promote and encourage BIPOC voices within our profession.

Individuals, firms, or agencies can submit nominations for themselves or for others for projects located in San Diego, Imperial, Orange, or Riverside counties. Individuals and firms are limited to one nomination per category. The AEP Awards Jury will not be accepting self-nominations in the Outstanding Contribution to the Environmental Profession category. The AEP Awards Jury will review the nominations and announce up to three finalists for consideration to receive each award, except the Outstanding Contribution to the Environmental Profession award, in which only one recipient will be selected. All winners will be kept confidential until announced at the event. Finalists that are not selected as the winner will receive a Meritorious Award and be recognized for their achievement. AEP reserves the right to decline to give out an award in any category if a sufficient quantity or quality of submittals is not received. Final details regarding awards presentation and format will be provided to the finalists no later than two weeks prior to the awards event. The winners will be announced at the awards event.

Send nominations to: Lisa Maier, Awards Committee Chairperson at

  • Digital submittals in PDF or Word format are required and may be on downloadable from FTP or via email.
  • Please ensure that Lisa confirms receipt.
  • All submittals are required to include a qualification form for their appropriate awards category. Qualification forms are located on the San Diego AEP website (
  • Complete nominations must be received before the nomination period closes on September 11, 2020.

Details for each of the award categories can be found here. Click each of the categories below to download the respective nomination form:

Please direct any questions, concerns, or other inquiries regarding this process to Lisa Maier, Awards Committee Chairperson at

Environmental Photography Contest

We are now accepting photos for the 2020 AEP Awards and Scholarship Photography Contest! The photos will be displayed anonymously on SD AEP's Social Media accounts the week prior to the Awards Event, where members will vote on the photographs. The winner's photograph will be featured in the next SDAEP Newsletter and on the SDAEP website, highlighting the photographer and his/her employer.

To enter the contest:

Submit an environmental-related photo (limit one per person) that has been taken within the last year (2019-2020).

  • Include in your submission a title for your photo, your name, and what firm/agency you are with.
  • Email photo submissions to Kelsey Hawkins at
  • Deadline to submit: October 9, 2020


Scholarships for the Awards and Scholarship Event are made possible through the generosity of our event sponsors. Corporate sponsorship supports scholarships to local university students pursuing a career in the environmental field.

Due to the unique circumstances of 2020, sponsorship opportunities will be discounted 30% and are available at several levels, ranging from $315 to $875 for 2021. Last year's sponsors will receive an extra incentive to sponsor this year's scholarships with a 50% discount, prices range from $225 to $650. Further, there is a unique opportunity to fully sponsor our Diversity in the Environmental Profession AEP Scholarship aimed at high school juniors/seniors at $1,000. 

Click here to see a full listing of the Sponsorship Benefits!

Sponsorships close Friday, October 16, 2020.

There are six levels of sponsorships available for our 2020 Awards and Scholarship Banquet. These funds support local high school and university students pursuing a career in the environmental field-- these are our future professionals! Help us continue this excellent member benefit by reserving a sponsorship now.

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Congratulations to the 2019 Award Winners

Outstanding Contribution to the Environmental Profession
Diana Richardson

Outstanding Public Involvement
San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership Preliminary Assessment Report by California State Lands Commission and the Port of San Diego

Outstanding Environmental Technical Report
Port of San Diego Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment & Coastal Resiliency Report by the Port of San Diego

Outstanding Planning Document - Plan, Policy, or Ordinance
Mission Trails Regional Park Master Plan Update by City of San Diego Planning Department and Parks and Recreation Department with support from KTU&A, Inc.

Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document – MND or EA
East Coachella Valley Water Supply Project MNDs by Coachella Valley Water District with support from Woodard & Curran

Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document – EIR or EIS
UCSD 2018 Long Range Development Plan Final EIR by UCSD with support from Baranek Consulting Group and AECOM

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors

Level 1
Harris & Associates

HELIX Environmental Planning
Port of San Diego

Level 2

Level 3


Level 4
Katz & Associates
LLG Engineers
Sophia Mitchel and Associates
Woodard & Curan