Survey Results Will Guide Us As We Build On Our Success

By Brooks Pearson

Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe that I am halfway into my tenure as chair.  Earlier this month I checked off one of my goals as chair – to diversify the location of our section council meetings.  As the results of our survey illustrate, one of the greatest values of membership in the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Section is networking, and it is important to bring the fun to our members who live outside of the Triangle.  It was great to see so many of our Charlotte area members at Blackfinn Ameripub for our social event, and again at lunch to hear former Section Chair Rick Gaskins and Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Director Emilee Syrewicze regale us with coal ash stories.  Thank you to Robinson Bradshaw for hosting!

Thank you to all of the Section members who participated in the 2018 Annual Survey.  We had 63 responses, which represents a high level of participation for our Section. Overall, the responses were very positive and indicate that we are doing a good job providing value to our members. However, the survey does provide good information on how we can build off of our successes and bring our section to another level. Some key take-aways from the survey include:

  • Include a January CLE on a regular basis
  • Include a wide variety of educational topics
  • Involve NCDEQ more in CLE events
  • Focus on public interest CLE topics
  • Provide more social/networking opportunities across the state to allow interaction on a regular basis

I look forward to seeing you all at the annual meeting, May 9-11 at Wrightsville Beach.  Our CLE and social committees are hard at work making sure it will be well worth your time. Stay tuned for more details!

Take care,