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The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s (LEEC) mission is to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that results in a literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively solve existing problems, prevent new ones and maintain a sustainable environmental for future generations.

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LEEC eNews Bulletin: Green School Workshop Opportunity

Come join us June 15, 11:00-1:30 at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School for a luncheon on green schools where we'll discuss the green school movement and the academic and economic opportunities going green brings. This is a great opportunity for teachers and schools interested in implementing green initiatives to network with individuals and organizations that can help make your green school initiatives a reality. You'll also learn how your school can apply to be a Green Ribbon School and hear from current honorees. The Green Ribbon School award is a national recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. Last year four schools earned the first such recognition for Louisiana.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided by Aramark.

Registration is free, and can be found at http://goo.gl/forms/IyWXdTMXpC.

Please contact Brian Gautreau, bgautreau@wlf.la.gov, or Sandra Lizcano, Lizcano-Sandra@aramark.com, for additional info.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Watershed Webs Rockefeller Session Full, Spaces Available at LUMCON

Spaces are still available for the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium session of Watershed Webs, a four-day professional development workshop to be held July 26-29, 2016. Registration for the June session to be held at Rockefeller Refuge has reached capacity and is now closed.

This workshop, made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is available to educators in coastal counties and parishes throughout the Gulf region. See if your school qualifies at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/watershed-webs-eligible-parishes-and-counties.

Watershed Webs introduces the concepts of watersheds, data collection and interpretation, and environmental stewardship; participants will take part in classroom lessons developed to reinforce these concepts. Outdoor activities, conducted along a stretch of coastal beach, will include collecting quantitative data and debris for analysis. Participants will learn to track the path of debris within watersheds, become trained in basic water quality assessment, participate in a beach elevation profile measuring activity, and other, habitat-specific activities. They will be trained in the use of the WET Tracker app and practice related standards-based lesson activities. Closing discussion topics will include societal demands, trash reduction techniques, and stewardship in the classroom.

Funding is available for up to 8 participating 5th through 12th grade school teachers to lead student field expeditions with financial assistance and co-facilitation provided by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)/Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries.

Participants who complete this workshop will receive:

·         Handheld GPS unit, dissolved oxygen kit, Secchi tube, pH test kit, thermometer, flash drive, & lessons

·         Up to 32 hours of professional development

·         Up to $700 in stipends paid; dependent upon participation level

·         Tier 1: $100 for in-state attendees, $300 for out-of-state attendees

·         Tier 2: $100 for proof of lesson plan implementation in the classroom

·         Tier 3: $200 for conducting an approved field experience with students

·         Tier  4: $100 for presenting a related session at an approved conference

·         Student bus transportation and stipends for bus drivers for related field experiences

 A registration fee of $25.00 is required. (This fee will be refunded upon completion of the workshop.)

For more information, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/professional-development-opportunities.

Find the event flyer and registration form here.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: FALSE River WETMAAP Workshop

Date and Time: June 25, 2016; 8 AM (Registration) - 3:30 PM 

Location: Howe-Russell Building LSU Campus Room 254

Participants will receive: Educator Binder, Map & Image portfolio, materials supply package, CLU certificate, Stipend of $100 limited to the first 20 teachers, Giveaways and door prizes

About the workshop:

Using the False River WETMAAP materials, this training supports education outreach and professional development for environmental and earth sciences formal and informal educators. This BTNEP funded session will provide an opportunity for educators to increase and enhance their knowledge and skills using topographic and wetland survey maps, aerial photography, satellite imagery and website resources for the classroom.

The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary  (BTE) contains some of the most diverse and fertile habitats in the world. False River, in the northern portion of the BTE, is a 22-mile long oxbow lake formed in the early 1700s as the Mississippi River changed its course. The workshop will connect the processes and wetland functions and values of this site to those in coastal areas of the estuary. 

Registration via e-mail to louisianageographicalliance@gmail.com.

Partners in this presentation include: Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, the Louisiana Geography Alliance (LaGEA), and the La Environmental Education Commission

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Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Congratulates Green Ribbon Schools Honorees


Westdale Heights Academic Magnet Students Celebrate their Green Ribbon School Award at an assembly Friday, April 22.

 
Four Louisiana schools have been named  U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, including Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
 
The schools were nominated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Education.
 
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and Managing Director of the White House Council of Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss made the announcement in Washington on Friday (April 22).
 
Across the country, 47 schools, 15 districts and 11 postsecondary institutions were honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness and ensure effective sustainability education.
 
“I congratulate these schools, districts and postsecondary institutions for their commitment to sustainable facilities, health, and classroom practices,” King said. “The healthiest, most inspiring school facilities can and should be another tool to level the playing field, particularly for underserved students. These honorees are 21st century learning environments that encourage every student and teacher to perform at his or her best.”
 
The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 25 states, Washington, D.C., and the Department of Defense Department of Education Activity. The honorees include 41 public schools and six private schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 27 elementary, 18 middle, and 14 high schools, with several schools having various K-12 configurations. Fifty-one percent of the 2016 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body. The postsecondary honorees include two community colleges and one work-college.
 
Baton Rouge High Principal Nanette McCann said, "Baton Rouge High Magnet High School is honored to be selected as a 2016 U. S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.  Our entire faculty, staff, student body, administration and parents played a large part in this effort, but our environmental science teacher, Josetta LeBoeuf, made this happen through her dedication and hard work.  We want to give a special thanks to Aramark and Sandra Lizcano for their help in the project." 
 
"We are honored that the U.S. Department of Education chose UL Lafayette as one of 11 universities to be named a Green Ribbon School. From our founding president planting live oaks to all that we do today in the classroom, labs, research, community service and operational functions, the University remains committed to environmental sustainability and innovation," said University of Louisiana at Lafayette President Joseph Savoie.
 
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission’s Green Schools Program offers educational and funding opportunities to help reduce schools’ environmental impacts and health disparities that can provoke achievement gaps. It also engages students in hands-on learning. Instruction and activities complement state curriculum with a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) subjects while teaching civic skills and opening doors to green career pathways. Find more information at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools.
 
Louisiana’s nominations were submitted by Brian Gautreau, Green Schools Coordinator at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He can be reached at 225-765-2800 or bgautreau@wlf.la.gov.

LEEC Special eNews Bulletin: 2016 Grant Finalists Announced

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is pleased to announce the 2016 LEEC Grants Program finalists. We are looking forward to seeing the positive effects these worthy projects have in their schools and communities.

Thanks to all of our applicants and congratulations, finalists!

2016 LEEC Grants Program FINALISTS

Last Name

First Name

School/ Organization

Project Title

Number Impacted

 Funding Potential

Educator Grants

Castilaw

Laurie

Wedgewood Elementary

Kidz to Whiz Going Green

236

 $             2,000.00

Dupuis

John

St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Aquaponics in the Classroom

180

 $             2,000.00

Everage

Amy

Stockwell Elementary School

Answering the Call of the Wild

136

 $             1,320.00

Lemoine

Joanna

St. Aloysius School

Desktop Ponds

120

 $                989.00

Lemoine

Kelly

Southdowns Pre-K Center

Environmental Exploration of Life Sciences in the Pre-K Classroom

25

 $             1,996.00

Seely

Lindsay

Dutchtown High School

LSU Coastal Roots Project

250

 $             1,950.00

Sevin

Dawn

Oaklawn Junior High School

Eyes Wide Open - Looking to the Future

100

 $                756.00

Umstead

Helen

Scott Middle School

Service Education and Exploration Exchange

40

 $             1,995.00

Green School Grants

Downing

Sam

Belle Chasse Academy

Reduce, Recycle, Re-use Initiative

1000

 $             4,997.00

Williams

Jean-Marie

Oaks Montessori School

Promoting Water Conservation through Effective Environmental Education

500

 $             3,574.00

Oliveri

Kristin

Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy

Project Green HEART

700

 $             3,482.00

Professional Development Grants

Kleiner

Heather

Sci-Port Discovery Center

Watershed to the Red Environmental Education Project

12

 $             2,500.00

Krouse

Stephanie

Academic Distinction Fund

On the Right Track - Environmental Education in Pre-K

20

 $             2,500.00

Robichaux

Alma

Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation

T3 (Tools to Teach) Upland Wetlands Topics

20

 $             2,500.00

University Research Grants

Allen

Warwick

Louisiana State University

Characterizing the fungi community of Pragmites australis: geographic and genotypic variation

1

 $             1,200.00

DelDuco

Emily

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Carbon transport and transportation in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya Rivers

1

 $             1,200.00

Flick

Andrew

Louisiana State University

The effects of predation on disease transmission in the soybean looper (Pseudoplusia includens)

1

 $             1,200.00

Harman

Rachel

Louisiana State University

Life History traits of native insects Ischnodemus falicus and Prokelisia marginata

1

 $             1,200.00

Hovanes

Katherine

Louisiana State University and A&M College

Development of spatial patterns in dominant bunchgrasses (Aristida stricta) at a pine savanna restoration site

1

 $             1,200.00

Wang

Bo

Louisiana State University and A&M College

Assessing sediment availability in the lowermost Mississippi River for Louisiana coastal restoration

1

 $             1,200.00

 

 

 

 

3345

 $       39,759.00

 

LEEC Special eNews Bulletin: 2016 Grant Finalists Announced

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is pleased to announce the 2016 LEEC Grants Program finalists. We are looking forward to seeing the positive effects these worthy projects have in their schools and communities.
Thanks to all of our applicants and congratulations, finalists!

2016 LEEC Grants Program FINALISTS

Last Name

First Name

School/ Organization

Project Title

Number Impacted

 Funding Potential

Educator Grants

Castilaw

Laurie

Wedgewood Elementary

Kidz to Whiz Going Green

236

 $             2,000.00

Dupuis

John

St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Aquaponics in the Classroom

180

 $             2,000.00

Everage

Amy

Stockwell Elementary School

Answering the Call of the Wild

136

 $             1,320.00

Lemoine

Joanna

St. Aloysius School

Desktop Ponds

120

 $                989.00

Lemoine

Kelly

Southdowns Pre-K Center

Environmental Exploration of Life Sciences in the Pre-K Classroom

25

 $             1,996.00

Seely

Lindsay

Dutchtown High School

LSU Coastal Roots Project

250

 $             1,950.00

Sevin

Dawn

Oaklawn Junior High School

Eyes Wide Open - Looking to the Future

100

 $                756.00

Umstead

Helen

Scott Middle School

Service Education and Exploration Exchange

40

 $             1,995.00

Green School Grants

Downing

Sam

Belle Chasse Academy

Reduce, Recycle, Re-use Initiative

1000

 $             4,997.00

Williams

Jean-Marie

Oaks Montessori School

Promoting Water Conservation through Effective Environmental Education

500

 $             3,574.00

Oliveri

Kristin

Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy

Project Green HEART

700

 $             3,482.00

Professional Development Grants

Kleiner

Heather

Sci-Port Discovery Center

Watershed to the Red Environmental Education Project

12

 $             2,500.00

Krouse

Stephanie

Academic Distinction Fund

On the Right Track - Environmental Education in Pre-K

20

 $             2,500.00

Robichaux

Alma

Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation

T3 (Tools to Teach) Upland Wetlands Topics

20

 $             2,500.00

University Research Grants

Allen

Warwick

Louisiana State University

Characterizing the fungi community of Pragmites australis: geographic and genotypic variation

1

 $             1,200.00

DelDuco

Emily

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Carbon transport and transportation in the Mississippi-Atchafalaya Rivers

1

 $             1,200.00

Flick

Andrew

Louisiana State University

The effects of predation on disease transmission in the soybean looper (Pseudoplusia includens)

1

 $             1,200.00

Harman

Rachel

Louisiana State University

Life History traits of native insects Ischnodemus falicus and Prokelisia marginata

1

 $             1,200.00

Hovanes

Katherine

Louisiana State University and A&M College

Development of spatial patterns in dominant bunchgrasses (Aristida stricta) at a pine savanna restoration site

1

 $             1,200.00

Wang

Bo

Louisiana State University and A&M College

Assessing sediment availability in the lowermost Mississippi River for Louisiana coastal restoration

1

 $             1,200.00

 

 

 

 

3345

 $          39,759.00

 

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