During the week of January 16-18, EENC sent our ee360 Leadership Team to Monterey, CA. There they met with the other nine Leadership Teams that NAAEE selected last summer to receive EPA funding to help move EE forward in each state. While in California, the EENC team did a mini presentation to update the group on the status of the two goals set in West Virginia during the first meeting, and announced the hiring of our first staff member, Lauren Pyle. Lauren was in attendance at the meeting, along with Partnership Chair Brad Daniel, President Shannon Culpepper, and former board members Renee Strnad and Michelle Pearce.
The ee360 meeting was combined with an NAAEE Affiliate Meeting, bringing the total to over 30 states present in the room. During the breakout sessions, EENC was also able to lead a session on our accomplishments with an all-volunteer board. EENC was able to serve as an example of drive and leadership, and is looking forward to continued work with NAAEE and the ee360 teams. In year two of our funding, EENC will be working on board training in fundraising and best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the work of Environmental Education in our state.