The mission of the Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education (OKAEE) is to support Oklahoma educators and promote, in formal and non-formal settings, environmental literacy through communication, resource sharing, skill building, and recognition of excellence.
- Create a networking system to facilitate discussion and resource sharing among Oklahoma environmental educators.
- Encourage, promote and assist in the development and dissemination of environmental education.
- Conduct and support environmental education programs in the state.
The 2020 EE Expo is coming soon!
Tulsa High School Student Wins U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced this week that Braden Milford of Tulsa, Oklahoma has won the 2018 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research. Students from 49 states and Puerto Rico competed for the prize from June 16-17, 2018 at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The SJWP aims to increase students’ interest in water issues, research, and careers, as well as to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects focused on improving water quality, water resource management, water protection, and drinking water and wastewater treatment.
U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner
As this year’s winner of the SJWP, Braden Milford was awarded a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden at the end of August for the opportunity to compete in the International Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition. For Milford’s award-winning project, he developed a heavy metal bioremediation system to remove heavy metals from contaminated abandoned mine sites. To do so, he identified bacteria along streams near abandoned mine sites that showed potential for remediation and he then partnered his bacteria species with algae to remove heavy metals from the stream. Milford’s love for the outdoors inspired his project, but what drew him into heavy metals and contamination was when he was hiking in Colorado this past summer. He witnessed first-hand all the damage that has been done to the water in that area, so Milford decided to take action.