2022 COEEA Awards
COEEA is proud to distribute three prestigious awards to deserving members and organizations each year. Congratulations to our 2022 COEEA Award winners! Click each image to view the more information about each award winner.
Environmental Educator of the Year
Gamaliel ‘Gammy’ Moses
Gammy has worked all over New Haven and Connecticut, is currently working at Common Ground, and he brings his rich experiences as a musician and nonviolence educator to his role as outdoor educator. Gammy works to center children from marginalized communities and he knows the importance of connecting these children with the healing power of nature. Weather, budget, and even COVID were no match for Gammy’s dedication. Most importantly, he brings his complete self to his work, giving voice to the Dominican people and culture, nonviolent communication, music and more and this makes him a magnet for children and others who want to learn more about stewardship and the environment. He continues to dream and works toward a day that all children will have access to meaningful and diverse outdoor experiences.
Outstanding Organization of the Year
New Haven Climate Movement
The New Haven Climate Movement is an inter-generational grassroots coalition of residents that works to push for strong action on climate change in New Haven. Through outreach, advocacy, public education, and creating public art, NHCM mobilizes community residents and local organizations to learn about the climate emergency and fight for government policies and investments that will restore a safe climate and create a just future for all. NHCM members recurrently testify at Board of Education meetings, pushing the Board to declare a climate emergency and improve climate education and mobilization efforts throughout New Haven Public Schools, demands that are joined by teachers, parents, students, organizers, and residents.
Excellence in Environmental Stewardship
Friends of Keney Park
Since 1988, the Friends of Keney Park, a volunteer grassroots organization, has been promoting the responsible use of Keney Park and activities that create a more inviting atmosphere for Park users. The FOKP refurbished over 15 miles of hiking and multipurpose trails, affording opportunities for the Park River Greenway and trail links to regional community areas, parks, schools, churches and elderly centers. The Keney Park Sustainability Project was launched out of this trails project and has gone on to launch urban farming projects, gardening classes and syrup harvesting. The FOKP has been a catalyst in providing environmental awareness programs to its neighboring communities and residents statewide through partnerships and deep and lasting relationships with residents.