By: Ben Anderson
Stan Cross, education coordinator of Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center, has been named 2007 Environmental Educator of the Year Award by Environmental Educators of North Carolina. The award recognizes a person who stands out among environmental educators as a professional who exemplifies excellence in environmental education and lends credibility to the field.
Cross was selected for his work in developing and implementing educational programs such as EcoTeam, a regional environmental curriculum taught by Warren Wilson students in 75 percent of Asheville and Buncombe County’s third-grade classrooms. The curriculum reaches than 1,500 elementary students annually.
Cross also leads the Green Walkabout, a tour that tells the story of sustainability at Warren Wilson. Through the Walkabout, Cross has taught and inspired more than 700 people with diverse interests about such topics as sustainable agriculture, green building, native landscaping and waste management.
Environmental Educators of North Carolina (http://www.eenc.org/) is the professional organization for environmental educators in the State. The organization currently has 350 members who work at or with schools, parks, museums, science centers, botanical gardens, universities, government agencies, research facilities, youth organizations, churches, business and industry.