The MAEE Non-formal Environmental Educator of the Year for 2015 - Jeffers Foundation Advisory Board Member Jeff Ledermann
Jeff Ledermann began his career in environmental education as a science teacher. While working on a Masters degree at Hamline University, Jeff was hired by the State of Minnesota and created the Smart Shopping Campaign educating consumers about packaging waste. For more than two decades Jeff has been active in environmental education; winning three Minnesota "Environmental Oscars"¯from Environmental Initiative, being the project manager and author of the Second Edition of the GreenPrint, Minnesota's State Plan for Environmental Education, and leading recent projects at the Minnesota Department of Education to help schools integrate environmental and outdoor education and qualify for USDE Green Ribbon Schools Awards.
MAEEs Friends of Trees Award
Jeff has had a major impact on educating the public about environmental issues, especially with his creation of the Eco Experience at the Minnesota State Fair. This has become the largest environmental exhibit in the country with approximately three million visitors. He currently works for the Minnesota Department Natural Resources as the Supervisor of Angling Recruitment, Retention and Education.
Jeff's contributions are also evident at a community level. He co-founded the Mahtomedi Area Green Initiative and St. Andrew's Environmental Stewardship Team and worked as a parent and community member to bring a wind turbine, composting, native prairie sites, nature play and Eco-Clubs to schools. He also organized a Fishing Daughters Club that has been going strong for ten years. Jeff was appointed to the Advisory Board of Jeffers Foundation in 2013 where he continues to lend his helpful experience.
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