NRCM establishes Brookie Awards for young environmentalists

Deadline to apply or nominate is March 15
Feb 15, 2020

Augusta — The Natural Resources Council of Maine's group for young people, NRCM Rising, has established the Brookie Awards, created to honor change-makers aged 15 to 30 for their leadership in shaping Maine’s environmental future.

Every two years, the Brookie Awards will honor six young Mainers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and made a significant impact in Maine’s environmental movement. NRCM Rising does this with the goal of learning from and inspiring each other to further Maine’s environmental movement.

Applications are due for this year's awards are due March 15. Winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a professional video showcasing their environmental leadership, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the awards ceremony in May. Afterward, they will have access to professional leadership development and skill-building trainings. Learn more, apply or nominate a Brookie today at

Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30, live or go to school in Maine, and demonstrate positive, impactful leadership in Maine’s environmental movement.

The award name is derived from brook trout. Although small, brook trout are strong, mighty, and captivating to watch. When brookies rise in the rivers and streams of Maine, their impact ripples far beyond that leap.

According to the NCRM Rising website, the Brookie Awards recognize the young and mighty individuals whose positive impact on Maine’s environment ripples beyond themselves, much like true brookies.

The Brookie Awards program aims to create a network of change-makers and to support the work of Maine’s young environmental leaders by providing skill-building sessions and opportunities for Brookies to engage with each other, NRCM Rising, and Maine’s environmental network.

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