In 2001, Wood was chosen as the Australian representative for the 25 most inspirational 25-year olds from around the world as profiled in La Actualite, the French-Canadian magazine. That same year, he was appointed as an ambassador for National Youth Week, and declared the Young Australian of the Year in the National Environment category. The following year, he taught at Deakin University, where he hosted a series of guest lectures.
In 2003, Wood received The Centenary Medal for outstanding contributions in support of conservation and the environment, as awarded by the Governor-General. He also hosted his own fortnightly regional ABC radio program on the environment and a monthly broadcast on ABC Radio National, discussing rural issues. The following year, Wood covered on Australian Story, a television magazine program. The following year, he hosted the Channel Seven documentary entitled "Our Water, Our Future".
In addition to winning the 2006 United Nations Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment, Wood was awarded the 2007 Prime Minister’s Australian Environmentalist of the Year.