EEP partners with landowners, local governments, military bases, schools, private-sector businesses -– all these and more collaborate with EEP on a voluntary basis to meet their individual needs. EEP outsources the bulk of its program needs to the private sector, creating green jobs and bolstering the state’s economy.
EEP relies heavily on coordination and collaborative partnerships with public and private entities at the local, state and federal levels. Relying on local watershed plans and associated recommendations, EEP continues to work with local stakeholders and funding programs to ensure that the plans not only generate projects to satisfy mitigation needs, but also serve as a resource for communities working to implement watershed improvements.
EEP partners with a number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) across the state in an effort to build upon existing or planned conservation efforts. Federal, state and local NGOs are invited to participate in EEP’s local watershed-planning efforts and often play an important role in implementing watershed-improvement projects that EEP is unable to fund. The N.C. Coastal Federation, local watershed coalitions and land trusts are important partners and have proven successful in obtaining grant funding.