Tuesday, November 2, 2010

N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs' Wilcox Receives EENC Outstanding Service Award

The Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC) recently awarded Libby Wilcox, Environmental Education Certification Program Consultant with the N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs, their 2010 Outstanding Service Award. Libby has managed the N.C. Environmental Education Certification program for eleven years and has been instrumental in developing the skills of hundreds of certified educators and in developing high-quality environmental education programs.

Each year EENC publicly recognizes environmental educators, EENC members, organizations, and partners for their valuable contributions to environmental literacy, the field of environmental education, the EENC organization and the environmental well-being of North Carolina.

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes an EENC member who has served in key leadership roles and has made a significant contribution to future the mission of EENC. North Carolina was the first state to create a professional development program for environmental educators and Libby has overseen the program since 2000. In that role she has worked tirelessly to promote educational opportunities and support professional development across the state. As program coordinator she has helped nearly 1,000 individuals obtain their certification and works with agencies, parks, organizations and programs to ensure the professional development classes and workshops they offer meet the highest standards of environmental education.

Libby will be retiring in early 2011. Congratulations on a well-deserved award and a successful tenure as EE Certification Program Manager!

The first EENC awards were given in 1995, and people from all regions of the state and careers have been recognized over the last fifteen years. EENC's mission is to promote excellence in professional development and facilitate networking opportunities, inspiring educators to create an environmentally literate citizenry. For more information about the EENC Awards, contact Keith Bamberger at 828-296-4500 or keith.bamberger@ncdenr.gov

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