American Academy of Sanitarians, Inc.

Protecting Environmental Health Since 1966

AAS Welcomes You!

Prestigious Recognition for Environmental Health Professionals

The American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) is an organization that elevates the standards, improves the practice, advances the professional proficiency and promotes the highest levels of ethical conduct among professional sanitarians in every field of environmental health.

The AAS was formed in 1966 to improve the environmental health status of individuals through certification of those professionally credentialled environmental health practitioners and other environmental health professionals who, in an outstanding manner, have helped or are helping to achieve this long range goal. The Academy membership covers the breadth of environmental health. Certification by the Academy is open to persons who have attained high professional stature through leadership and accomplishment in the field of environmental health and meet the criteria for selection as a Diplomate. Since its inception, over 580 professional sanitarians have been awarded Diplomate status in the Academy. Eight diplomates have also qualified for certification as Diplomate Laureates.



AAS columns from the Journal of Environmental Health are now available!




Davis Calvin Wagner Sanitarian Award

2020 Recipient

Dr. Sheila Davidson Pressley

The Davis Calvin Wagner Sanitarian Award represents the highest honor the American Academy of Sanitarians bestows upon a Diplomate. The Award is conferred for exceptional leadership ability, professional commitment, outstanding resourcefulness, dedication and accomplishments in advancing the Sanitarian profession and public health programs. The recipient is presented with a plaque and an honorarium.

Award nominations are due each year by April 15th.




 AAS & NEHA Support Colorado Gives Day 2020. The American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) invites you to support the National Environmental Health Association’s (NEHA) first year of involvement in a special fundraising initiative called Colorado Gives Day. AAS intends to support NEHA in this initiative to multiply your impact for our joint scholarship through the NEHA/AAS Scholarship Fund. The scholarship supports environmental health students to save on their debt and ultimately empowers them to join the environmental health/sanitarian workforce following graduation. By offering the NEHA/AAS Scholarships to passionate and devoted undergraduate and graduate students, NEHA and AAS hope to positively contribute to the future of environmental health.

In 2020 we awarded three students through the NEHA/AAS Scholarship - Summer, Amanda, and Connor. Summer has a mastery of key concepts of environmental health such as population dynamics, sustainability, and risk assessment that will equip her to be able to contribute significantly to our profession. Amanda feels that as a Sanitarian she can help people better understand public health and their local communities. She is said to be self-motivated, self-directed, and independent with a wealth of integrity. Connor has been described as one who excels at integrating her strong academic background and experience with her intellectual curiosity and motivation to accomplish her objective of pursuing a career in environmental health. These award recipients have excelled in their studies and expressed great commitment to pursuing careers in the environmental health profession following their programs.

AAS invites you to join the campaign and donate what you can on December 8, 2020! Your help on this day will progress us to reach our goal of $10,000 which will then be incentivized by a Colorado Gives match donation! By achieving this goal, you are radically impacting students like Summer, Amanda, and Connor.

Can we count on you in supporting our next generation of Sanitarians?

P.S. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the $1 Million Incentive Fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated! Learn more about the Colorado Gives Day Campaign and how you can support us.

New Joint Statement:  AAS joined NEHA and partners on the joint statement Racism Undermines Environmental Health Gains.

Now available:

Are We All Sanitarians?  Commentary by Larry Gordon and Jerrold Michael, Diplomates Emeritus

The Future of Environmental Health (1993) - Posted with permission from the Journal of Environmental Health, a publication of the National Environmental Health Association, 




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