Environmentally Speaking

DEQ’s secretary, Michael Regan, made a visit to the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District this week to present Lisa Pope with her environmental education certificate.

Newport teacher Jason “Mr. Vantaztic” Vanzant was recently featured on the National Project Water Education for Teachers (Project WET) website for his use of Project WET and other environmental education curricula in the classroom.

After months of intensive training and completion of projects relevant to their job duties, six DEQ employees – two each from the divisions of Air Quality, Waste Management and Water Resources – have graduated from the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program.

Secretary Michael Regan recently met with fourth grade students visiting Raleigh from Salisbury Academy in Salisbury, NC.

The N.C. Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs invites you to take part in a nationwide effort to connect children to the natural world.

The Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs is offering several engaging and in some cases “spooky,” topics for their fall lunchtime speaker series.

Mandy Nix is a nonformal educator who had a very busy year. In addition to working in several seasonal positions, Nix used her training and experiences to complete her N.C. Environmental Education Certification.

More than a Helping Hand

DEQ staff from the Secretary’s office and from the Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs joined Bee Downtown Founder and CEO Leigh-Kathryn Bonner last Wednesday for an up-close and hands-on tour of the company’s community apiary at NCSU Centennial Campus. 

The Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and the N.C. Public Schools Science Section have coauthored an article that touts the unique collaboration between the two agencies to unite formal and informal educators in the state.

The DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs took their Lunchtime Discovery Series to the Archdale Building recently to show DEQ and other state employees the benefits of composting.

DAQ Director Mike Abraczinskas (center) and Deputy Director Michael Pjetraj (far left) congratulate members of the 2017 DAQ Team of the Year (Larry Goodwin photo).


With three nominations detailing his extraordinary service in 2016, Tim Skelding has been named Division of Air Quality Employee of the Year.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality is launching a new high school curriculum focused on air quality in North Carolina.

NC GreenTravel Initiative is North Carolina’s sustainable tourism recognition program that assists travel-oriented businesses by helping them to improve their brand by conserving natural resources, protecting the state’s environment and attracting more visitors to o