Awards, Volunteer Opportunities, Resources/Information, Public Meetings


Keep Louisiana Beautiful Awards
Keep Louisiana Beautiful is calling on Louisiana residents to nominate exemplary groups and individuals whose efforts help keep Louisiana beautiful. The annual awards program will name winners in 7 categories, including corporate leadership, innovative education programming, and the Alice Foster Award recognizing an exceptional volunteer in honor of the former first lady. Criteria and all information for submitting nominations are at The deadline for entries is Monday, August 15, 2011. Entries should be sent to


The National Youth Leadership Council and youthrive requests proposals for workshops and the service-learning showcase at The 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference® and youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference. Workshops are the heart of the conference, providing professional development opportunities for youth and adults alike. The showcase highlights high-quality service-learning projects from across the country. It is an opportunity to connect with people and share how your project was implemented, how it is connected to curriculum goals, and what makes it effective. The 2012 conference theme, Our World, Our Future, is an opportunity to share how youth passion, creativity and innovation can address world issues. Our goal is to provide an engaging and comprehensive service-learning professional development conference for youth and adults who are committed to addressing issues impacting their communities and the world.
Click here to apply for a Showcase
All workshop proposals must be received no later than September 23, 2011.
All Service-Learning Showcase applications must be received no later than November 14, 2011.

For more information:, call 800-366-6952 or email

Help Restore the Marsh in Plaquemines Parish – Volunteers Needed
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is assisting the NRCS Lafourche-Terrebonne Soil and Water Conservation District to recruit volunteers to participate in a marsh restoration along a protection levee in Plaquemines Parish. This area will help restore an area of degrading marsh, which will in turn protect the communities living in the area and create essential habitat for wildlife.
       Where: Plaquemines Parish, Point Celeste, 22941 Highway 23, Port Sulfur, LA
       When: Tuesday, July 26th from 8:30am to no later than 3:00pm
All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, dibbles, etc.) will be provided. Volunteers should bring closed toe shoes (like old tennis shoes) that will stay secure on your feet or hip boots and a change of clothes.  YOU WILL GET DIRTY! We will be planting in the marsh off the levee. Lunch and drinks will be provided to all volunteers. Additional information will be sent out the week prior to the event.
Please register to let us know if you plan to attend. You can complete an online registration form at the or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888)-LACOAST for more information. If, after registering, you find you are unable to attend the event, please email the Coalition at and let us know if you have to cancel so we can make your sport available to other potential volunteers.

Institute for Environmental Communication
It is that time of year again when we are recruiting for Loyola's Institute for Environmental Communication (IEC) 2011. Loyola's IEC is accepting nominations (including self nominations) for its 10th annual gathering this fall. The purpose of IEC is to muster a diverse group of stakeholders (representing advocates, scientists, industry/business people, government folks, educators, media, etc) and open a dialogue about environmental issues that affect Greater New Orleans and beyond. IEC meets about 12 times between the end of August and late November. There is a tiered fee for those who can pay. Last year's syllabus (with 2011 dates), list of Fellows from past sessions, and the nomination form are available at
For more information: Bob Thomas,, 504.865.2107.


USA Today Article: Science, tech jobs see better pay, government study finds:

State Education Rankings: The Best and Worst for Math and Science
In recently released rankings of how states' primary education systems are preparing students for careers in engineering, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey top the list. Mississippi trails as the worst in the country, following West Virginia and Louisiana. The Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI) measures how high school students are performing in physics and calculus -- based on publicly available data, including Advanced Placement scores, National Assessment of Educational Progress reports, teacher certification requirements by state and physics class enrollment data. The SERI score given to each state is on a scale of 1 to 5 and reflects how well states perform and allow opportunities for success in physics and math education and teacher qualifications. The numbers below reveal that few states are performing at high levels, and most are poorly preparing students for science, technology and engineering. According to a statement last week, Cottle said that although the SERI scores do not compare states to schools' performances in other countries, even the American leader -- Massachusetts -- would struggle to compete with countries like China or Singapore. For years, the U.S. has lagged behind other countries in math and science. A 2009 study showed that American students ranked 25th among 34 countries, behind nations like China, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and Finland. To see how all state's ranked follow link:

Extreme Heat Prevention/Hot Weather Tips
CDC has posted several self-help measures to the website to assist with extreme heat. These tips are not a substitute for medical care but may help you recognize and respond promptly to warning signs of trouble. Your best defense against heat-related illness is prevention. Staying cool and making simple changes in your fluid intake, activities, and clothing during hot weather can help you remain safe and healthy.
       • Extreme Heat Prevention Guide
       • Hot Weather Tips
       • Heat Stress in the Elderly
       • FAQs
       • PSAs
       • Heat Stress Resources for Workers

Mobile App for Tree ID
Computer science and biology come together to make tree identification a snap. Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution have pooled their expertise to create the world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search—Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species. Click here to read more:

WYES Announces New Coastal Web Project
WYES, the Louisiana Public Television Station in New Orleans, announces a novel Web venture. The Wyes Reshaping a Greater New Orleans: Rebuilding Our Coast project offers an opportunity to hear first-hand from those working on restoration plans and projects and also to learn how the public can become part of the effort to rebuild the coast. “Public agencies and private groups are working to rebuild the coast. They say it can be done. This site explains how.” Visit and click on the logos to see the interviews with wetland leaders including: Garret Graves, Steve Mathies, Jim Boggs, Kerry St. Pe’, Steven Peyronnin, Carlton Dufrechou, R. King Milling, and Val Marmillion.  As WYES continues to explore this dynamic subject, return frequently to learn more about Louisiana’s efforts to rebuild. Visit to learn more. Coming soon: An interview with NOAA wetland leader, Rachel Sweeney.


On Tuesday, August 30, 2011, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force will hold a meeting in Biloxi, MS. The meeting will further the task force’s ongoing commitment to supporting the conservation and restoration of resilient and healthy ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center (2350 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, MS 39531-4914) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT and is open to the public. To pre-register for this meeting; please go to this link,
Pre-registration will close on August 27, 2011.  On-site registration will be available on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 starting at 7 a.m. CT. For more information on the task force or to pre-register for this meeting, please visit We will continue to update this website with future announcements and important information.