Mission Capital2016 Mission Accelerator Class – May 2016

Mission CapitalPhilanthropitch Austin Finalist (Build-A-Sign Award, Audience Award) – May 2016

A Glimmer of Hope Austin – Angel in the Community Award – April 2016

Austin Young Chamber of CommerceFAVE Non-Profit Award Finalist – November 2015

Texas Commission on Environmental QualityTexas Environmental Excellence Awards Education Finalist – May 2015

Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church – Community Honoree – February 2015

Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) – E. Lee Walker Award for Collaboration – September 2014

City of Austin Office of Sustainability – Austin Green Business Leaders Platinum Level – March 2014

GuideStar Exchange – Gold Level (demonstrating a commitment to transparency) – March 2014

Lights.Camera.Help. – Reel Change Film Frenzy Featured Organization – Spring 2014

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) – Linda B. Smith Memorial Award for Outstanding Environmental Youth Education and Outreach Program – October 2013

Keep Austin Beautiful – Applied Materials Education Award – December 2013


Earth Day Texas – Apr 22-24, 2016 (Dallas, Texas)

NSTA Conference on Science Education (National Science Teacher Association) – Mar 30-Apr 3, 2016 (Nashville, Tennessee)

Green Schools National Conference – Mar 27-29, 2014 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

ESC Region 13 & 20 miniCAST (Science Teachers Association of Texas) – Jan 30, 2016 (San Marcos, Texas) – Speaker: “Funding Green Student Innovation through Partnerships”

miniCAST North Texas (Science Teachers Association of Texas) – May 2, 2015 (Cedar Hill, Texas) – Speaker: “Using student projects to ignite learning.”

miniCAST North Texas (Science Teachers Association of Texas) – May 2, 2015 (Cedar Hill, Texas) – Speaker: “The power of connections: Connecting sustainability partners to the classroom.”

Earth Day Texas – Apr 25, 2015 (Dallas, Texas) – Speaker: “There is no plan(et) B: Educating students to become global sustainability leaders.”

Texas STEM Coalition Conference – Jan 31, 2015 (Round Rock, Texas) – Speaker: “Cross-Sector Alliances in the Shared Mission for Green STEM Schools”

Instituto Thomas Jefferson – Aug 25-29, 2014 (Tlalnepantla, Mexico City) – Green School Design Charette in Partnership with the Center for Green Schools

Stanford, #DTK12 Summit – Aug 6-7, 2014 (Stanford, California) – Speaker: “Designing a Bright Green Future: Design Thinking Meets Eco-literacy & Youth Leadership”

Green Schools National Conference – Mar 27-29, 2014 (Sacramento, California) – Speaker: “Public-Private Sector Alliances in the Shared Mission for Green Schools”

SXSW Eco – Oct 2013 (Austin, Texas) – Panelist: “Green STEM: Preparing the C21st Workforce”

Austin Independent School District (AISD) Environmental Stewardship Conference – Oct 2013, (Austin, Texas) – Presenter: “Jumpstart Your Green School with Campus Eco-Audits and Design Innovation”

GoGreen Conference – Oct 2012 (Austin, Texas) – Panelist: “Emerging Green Leaders: Trends and Culture Shifts as a New Generation Takes The Torch”

Green School Symposium, U.S. Green Building Council – Oct 2012 (Austin, Texas) – Presenter: “Making the Connection Between Green Schools and the Green Tech Industry”

Green School Symposium, U.S. Green Building Council – Oct 2011 (San Antonio, Texas) – Presenter: “Mapping the Road to a Green School Through Student-Led Eco-Audits”

National Green School Conference -Oct 2011 (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Presenter: “Mapping the Road to a Green School”


Austin American-Statesman “Group Aims to Mold Next Generation of Environmentalists” (June 5, 2016)

Austin American-Statesman “Con Mi Madre big winner at Philanthropitch” (May 2, 2016)

Time Warner Cable News “TWC Launches Earth Day Cardboard Challenge to Help Kids Get Creative with Recyclables” (April 21, 2016)

Green Schools National Network “Cultivating Change: EcoRise Students Aim Beyond Classrooms and Gardens” (April 20, 2016)

Jo Albers, Austin American-Statesman, “Expo touts eco-friendliness” (June 2, 2014).

City of Austin Watershed Protection Department, East Austin Environmental Initiative, “Community Supports Student-Designed Campus Projects,” guest post by Nicole Welling of Eastside Memorial High School and Carolyn M. Appleton of EcoRise Youth Innovations (Spring/Summer, 2014).

dwg. studio blog, “ecorise youth innovations” [sic] (April, 2014)

Carma, “Green Inspiration” (April, 2014)

The Austin Chronicle, “Lights. Camera. Help.: Reel Change Film Frenzy” (2014)

Austin Foundation for Architecture (AFA), “EcoRise Youth Innovations” (2014)

Hill Country Alliance, “EcoRise Youth Innovations: Empowering a New Generation of Green Leaders” (2014)

Keep Austin Beautiful Awards (2013)

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling, “2013 Environmental Leadership Awards” (2013)

Tribeza, “More Ideas for Exploring the Great Outdoors” (June, 2012, page 47).

Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, “Greenlights Strengthens EcoRise Youth Innovations” (2011)

GivingCity Austin, “Social Innovation Competition” (January, 2011, page 9).