Posts From January, 2015

TJCOG Water Resources Team takes Asheville by storm at the Water Education Summit 

Posted by Wednesday, January 14, 2015 5:30:00 PM Categories: Education

TJCOG Water Resource Team Members Mike Schlegel and Heather Saunders Benson participated in the 2014 Water Education Summit on September 8th - 10th.  The event was held at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, and the workshop also included an off-site tour of the extensive sustainability features of the new Sierra Nevada Brewery.  


The plenary sessions were well-designed to engage small group table discussions, and the concurrent sessions covered a wide range of topics.  Mike co-facilitated a well-attended special session for watershed leaders and local stewardship champions as part of the NC Watershed Stewardship Network (WSN).  Mike worked with staff from fellow WSN founding-organizations like WRRI, NC State University, NC DENR, and UNC Institute for the Environment.  


Mike also co-presented with Mark Contorno, Founder of, a new crowd-funding platform for environmental, outdoor, and place-based projects.  Mike used Creeklife with his daughter and their Y Guides tribe to raise money to install a garbage can along the Upper Neuse Greenway trail.  The Creeklife Team gave all the workshop participants $10 in Creek Cash towards their first Call to Action.  



All-in-all, it was a great event, and TJCOG staff were well engaged.  Kudos to the event staff for a well-organized workshop with high-caliber speakers and good interactive sessions.