BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Michelle Eckman, The Connecticut Audubon Society’s director of education and an expert in environmental and climate change education, has been appointed to the Connecticut Greenways Council.
Eckman, a Bridgeport resident, joined The Connecticut Audubon Society’s staff in early 2012 and created the organization’s award-winning Science in Nature environmental education program. In three years, 48,000 students from almost 50 communities have participated in the curriculum-based program at Connecticut Audubon’s four centers.
Eckman has concentrated in particular on making outdoor environmental education available to underserved schools in urban areas, and on making climate change science a key part of the organization’s program.
“My career in ecological studies, including humans' relationship with local and distant ecosystems, will be particularly helpful on the council,” she said. “My experience in educating diverse audiences about that ecology is useful in working with the council itself and the various agencies and governments we’re trying to help.”
The council, with its 10 volunteer members and two ex-officio members, advises state agencies, local governments and private businesses on establishing a system of greenways throughout Connecticut, and reviews and approves proposals for new greenways. Greenways preserve some of the state’s most beautiful areas and help form natural buffers between city neighborhoods and highways. There are approximately 80 officially designated greenways in Connecticut.
Ralph Wood, chairman of The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Board of Directors, said Eckman’s participation on the council is highly beneficial to the society.
“Having an educator of Michelle’s caliber on the council is bound to help emphasize the importance of outdoor education, which we think is the key to future conservation in Connecticut,” said Wood. “At the same time, the council’s work is so widespread that it will help us connect with more communities around the state.”
Eckman was nominated by State Senator Marilyn Moore of Bridgeport and appointed by State Senator Bob Duff of Norwalk.
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