Dan Pittillo, a renowned local botanist and retired Western Carolina University professor, has been honored for his work as an educator and for his involvement in environmental issues.
The N.C. Wildlife Federation last month named Pittillo the Environmental Educator of the Year. He was recognized Sept. 7 at the 50th annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards in Raleigh. The Environmental Educator of the Year award is among the highest natural-resource honors given in North Carolina.
Pittillo was cited for his “unwavering commitment to conservation” and a half-century of work educating at the academic, regional, community and grassroots levels. Pittillo remains involved in environmental issues across the mountains.
“The recognition by the N.C. Wildlife Federation has been the most complimentary response that I’ve ever had,” said Pittillo, who described himself as “totally humbled” at receiving the award.