Senior lecturer Alan Pears AM has been awarded the Deni Greene Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to energy efficiency.
The Bob Brown Foundation award, including $2,000 prize money, is presented in honour of late environmentalist Deni Greene and commends outstanding work by an environmentalist in their professional field of work.
Mr Pears has contributed to research and discourse surrounding climate change, technology, sustainability and energy policy for more than 35 years.
He has worked with community groups, government bodies and the private sector to guide and implement energy efficient policy and programs.
Mr Pears said the award reinforced his commitment to working in the public interest on sustainable energy and climate policy.
"I am overwhelmed by this honour," he said.
"Deni Greene was a courageous and outstanding analyst and advocate for sustainable energy, ethical investment and quality environmental methodologies and communication
"This award is a touching recognition of my hard work in similar areas."
In a speech given at the award ceremony, former Greens leader Bob Brown attested to Mr Pears' exceptional commitment to a more sustainable relationship between the "human herd and this one life-giving planet".
"Mr Pears was a great friend and fellow intellectual of Deni Greene's," Dr Brown said.
"I know that she would be delighted that he is the 2014 recipient of the award honouring her own life's work."
Mr Pears' unwavering dedication to the cause has also resulted in him receiving a Federal Government Centenary Medal for his contribution to climate change and environment policy (2003), a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (2001).
He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to climate and environmental policy in 2009.
Mr Pears has previously worked as Adjunct Professor at RMIT in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and has contributed to the University's Sustainability and Urban Planning program since 2001.