Nel Smit

Educational leader and sustainability advocate

TASNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Nel Smit is a committed, passionate educational leader, mentoring today’s youth to create tomorrow’s sustainable future. She has initiated and developed outstanding environmental education projects across Tasmania for more than 30 years, recently focusing on energy literacy and biodiversity through STEM.

As sustainability coordinator at Huonville High School, Nel manages the Future Energy Team –winning the prestigious Global High Schools Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2017. Nel used the prize to install 125 solar panels and established the Huon Energy Hub, a community resource.

Passionate about connecting people to nature, Nel’s role as education manager at Greening Australia, based at the Sustainability Learning Centre, links education and the environment – promoting action to address biodiversity and climate change. She facilitated the Tasmanian Youth Climate Leaders Program that was nominated Australian winner of the Energy Globe Award 2020.

Nel’s contributions have been recognised with the Tasmanian STEM Secondary Teacher of the Year Award (2018) and Tasmanian Achievement: Teaching Excellence Award (2019)