Environmental College Awards


Engineering awards granted by the Environmental College of Engineers Australia.




The Young Environmental Engineer of the Year award is presented by the Environmental College of Engineers Australia to acknowledge and reward young environmental engineers who have:

  • Engineering competence
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including leadership of teams
  • Positive/notable outcomes from their engineering work
  • Creativity/innovation
  • Community service to industry, the profession and/or society


Nominations must include:

  • CV (maximum 2 pages); and
  • A supporting statement (maximum 1500 words) which is to address how your current role in environmental engineering contributes towards the criteria for this award. In your statement please demonstrate your leadership skills, how your role has made a positive impact to your engineering work and any notable outcomes or innovations as a result. Please demonstrate areas of community service to the industry, the profession and/or society.


Applicants must:

  • be a current financial member of Engineers Australia;
  • be a practising engineer that graduated less than 5 years ago; and
  • currently reside in Australia


You must provide the following with your submission:


The Award consists of a framed certificate and is presented at an appropriate Conference. The recipient will also receive complimentary registration, flights and accommodation to attend the conference.

2018 Winner 

Declan Clausen

Cr Declan Clausen

Councillor Declan Clausen was elected to Newcastle City Council at a by-election held in Ward 3 in February 2015, and represents the Labor Party. He was re-elected to Council and elected Deputy Lord Mayor in September 2017. He is the youngest person to hold of the Office of Deputy Lord Mayor in the City's 220 year history.
Declan is an energetic and committed local who is passionate about sustainability and renewing pride in Newcastle.
In addition to serving as Deputy Lord Mayor, Declan is:
•    Chair, Environment Advisory Committee
•    Deputy Chair, Smart and Innovative City Advisory Committee
•    Deputy Chair, Cycling Advisory Committee
•    Member, Asset Advisory Committee
•    Member, Youth Advisory Committee

Declan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental) with Honours I from the University of Newcastle, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

As a student, Declan was awarded a number of prestigious scholarships including a University of Newcastle Industry Scholarship (formerly UNISS Scholarship) sponsored by the Hunter Water Corporation, and the Jennie Thomas Environmental Scholarship. He was named the University of Newcastle’s WiL Student of the Year award, for his placement efforts at Hunter Water.

In 2013 Declan was named Newcastle’s Young Citizen of the Year, for his efforts to improve sustainability. Declan made use of the position of Young Citizen to highlight the important work being undertaken by Newcastle City Council residents to better our community. From 2013 to 2015, Declan wrote a weekly opinion column in the Newcastle Post Newspaper, a newspaper that is distributed to 140,000 households each week.

Declan is active within a number of local community groups. He was trained as a Climate Reality Leader by Former US Vice President Al Gore.

Declan is an active member of the Labor Environment Action Network.

Declan is passionate about our City, and fights for the services our community deserves.



Contact Us

For general enquiries on these awards please contact Engineers Australia's Engineering Practice directorate at: [email protected]