Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Awards

Dr. Catherine O’Brien was recently awarded the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication Award for Outstanding Post-Secondary Individual. The award honours innovative contributions to environmental education programs, especially those that “foster a greater understanding of ecological principles, environmental issues and environmental ethics.”

Working from her home base in Nova Scotia, she has worked at every scale touching audiences from the international level right down to the individual. Dr. O’Brien has had major impacts in the academic community through her extensive cross-sectoral research and her accomplishments include teaching efforts around Sustainable Happiness (a concept developed by O’Brien in 2005). Her main focus has been on children’s transportation options to school. As part of a national School Travel Planning pilot project, Dr. O’Brien works with primary and secondary schools, developing systems to collect data concerning students’ sentiment towards their travel mode to and from school. This is based on previous research that indicates that the way children travel to school relates to their moods and dispositions.”