Over the last three years, EENC has been recognized as a leader in the field of environmental education within North Carolina, the southeast, and the nation through our participation in the ee360 Leadership Clinic. Past President Shannon Culpepper, Partnership Chair Brad Daniel, and Executive Director Lauren Pyle spent the last week of June in Monterey, California presenting on our state's successes, getting to know other state leaders, and learning through collaboration.
Through our participation in ee360, in 2017 EENC board members took the plunge to develop our first staff position. In 2018, we sought to professionalize the field of EE by growing a stronger board and membership; this included providing diversity, equity and inclusion trainings to our memberships and partners. In 2019, we will build on the past by continuing to improve our board operations and providing another diversity, equity, and inclusion training in the Asheville area in November.
EENC has come a long way in the last three years. We've gone from being the state with the most questions to one that can share our results and experiences to help others. We all still have a lot to learn and much to do in order to grow, but we should all celebrate just how far our state has come.