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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.

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

 

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Second Louisiana Whooping Crane Egg Hatches


Image of 2013 crane nest taken by Michael Seymour

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Sara Zimorski confirmed that a live chick hatched on April 13, 2016 from the second egg produced by whooping crane mating pair L6-12 & L8-13. This comes just two days after the proud parents welcomed their first hatchling. While the second hatch is certainly a hopeful sign, research suggests that its rare for two to survive. 

 

Louisiana currently has 42 fully-fledged whooping cranes, thanks to a reintroduction program begun in 2011. At last count there were only about 450 whooping cranes in the wild, and only about 600 total, leading the National Audubon Society to call it one of America's most endangered birds.

 

For more information on Louisiana whooping cranes, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/whooping-cranes.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Louisiana Welcomes Whooping Crane Hatchling

 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) scored a huge victory in its effort to reintroduce endangered whooping cranes to their historic range in south Louisiana when the first chick in 75 years hatched in Jefferson Davis Parish on April 11.
 
LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon congratulated his staff on achieving this milestone after more than five years of hard work, saying, “The ultimate goal is to establish a self-sustaining whooping crane population in Louisiana so that this beautiful bird can thrive for generations to come. The first chick hatched here is a step in that direction.’’
 
The last documented hatch in Louisiana occurred in 1939 and the last living Louisiana native whooping crane, a lone adult male called “Mac,” was transported to a Texas refuge in the spring of 1950. 
 
With the exception of the new hatchling, all whooping cranes in Louisiana today are individuals released into the wild by LDWF staff at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish. The reintroduction project, begun in 2011, is a partnership among LDWF, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. 
 
LDWF staff receive, rear and release yearly cohorts of 10 to 15 juvenile birds hatched at a USGS facility in Maryland, then monitor their progress as they move on occupy Louisiana’s wetlands. To date, the reintroduced population numbers 43 whooping cranes. 
 
“This is something we’ve been looking forward to and anticipating since the reintroduction began in 2011,’’ said LDWF biologist Sara Zimorski, who leads the Louisiana whooping crane project. “One of the major steps in restoring the species is successful reproduction. We’ve had several pairs nesting the last couple of years but until now no favorable outcomes. It’s an exciting time for us and all of our partners who have worked so hard alongside us.”
 
Whooping cranes were historically present in Louisiana wetlands in great abundance as late as the 1890s, but over-hunting and repurposing of native habitat led to a precipitous decline in population. By the middle of the 20th century they had disappeared completely from our landscape. 
 
Humans remain the greatest threat to whooping cranes today. As recently as January of this year, two birds released in Louisiana were shot in east Texas. A number of others have been proven or suspected to be shot since the reintroduction project began. Relatively few individuals have succumbed to natural causes, including predation and disease.
 
Anyone who encounters a whooping crane in the wild is advised to observe the bird from a distance and encouraged to report the sighting to LDWF (http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/webform/whooping-crane-reporting-form).
 

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LEEC Special E-News Bulletin: Submit Grant Proposals by March 15

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission reminds environmental educators and graduate students in environmental sciences that the window to submit proposals for the 2016 Environmental Education and Green Schools grants ends next Tuesday, March 15, 2016. These grants are great ways to improve your environmental ed program through classroom or schoolwide projects and professional development, or to help fund your academic research. See the links below for our simple, online applications!
 
Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team
http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Guidelines
http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Application

 

University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2016 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our web-site at:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov

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