Contests, Grants, Events, National Environmental Education Week Updates

CONTESTS:

Louisiana’s 9th Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 21)
We invite all students to participate in this exemplary program. The theme for the 2011 contest is “Louisiana Outdoors: A Beautiful Experience!” We hope this theme will be used to teach children to be aware of and enjoy the outdoors, leading them to become better stewards in the future. Contest is for ages 5-18 years. Beautiful calendars are produced featuring winning student products and are distributed statewide, the art is placed on billboards throughout the state, the poems and essays are published in large circulation newspapers, and winners receive a monetary award. In addition, winning students are honored with a ceremony at the Governor's mansion. All submissions must be postmarked by Thursday, April 21, 2011. This competition is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission with the sponsorship of the Alcoa Foundation. **Official contest criteria and registration form is posted on our website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-commission**

2011 Video Contest (Deadline extended: April 18)
This contest, which is a joint project of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc., Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Office of Motor Vehicles, seeks to engage young people to take action in the fight against litter and illegal dumping in our state and help promote a cleaner and more beautiful Louisiana. We want to convey to the newest generation of motor vehicle drivers, in particular, that littering is unacceptable, illegal and just downright wrong. Enter the contest by submitting an original video of at least 30 seconds but no more than two (2) minutes in length by the online submission process and in compliance with the official rules in the attachment. No purchase necessary to win. All entries must be received between Monday, March 28, beginning at noon, and Monday, April 18, 2011, 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Friday, May 6, 2011. One winner from three categories (middle school, 6 – 8 grade; high school, 9 – 12 grade; post-secondary) will receive a grand prize of $500. The winning videos will also be featured on closed-circuit TV monitors in 84 Office of Motor Vehicle locations statewide. For more information, visit: videos.keeplouisianabeautiful.org or www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

 

GRANTS:

School Sustainability Grant (Deadline: April 29)
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and Keep Louisiana Beautiful are pleased to announce a pilot grant program designed to encourage a sustainability initiative in Louisiana K-12 schools. Projects to be considered are to address a litter/waste abatement issue within a particular school campus that will result in long-term impact. These projects can center on recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, etc. Application Deadline: April 29, 2011. Award not to exceed $10,000. Parishes eligible for this pilot program: East Carroll, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Red River, Union, West Carroll, Winn. Questions: Contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov

 

EVENTS:

Announcement and Call for Papers (Deadline: July 15)
BASICS OF THE BASIN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM October 27-29, 2011
Commemorating 10 Years of Research!
Southeastern Louisiana University Campus in Hammond, LA
Co-Hosted by: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), University of Southeastern Louisiana - Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (PBRP), Pontchartrain Restoration Program (PRP), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pontchartrain Research Committee (PRC)
Research Summaries must be received by July 15, 2011. E-mail summaries with figures in Word to Theryn Henkel at therynhenkel@gmail.com; Website: http://www2.selu.edu/orgs/pbrp/BasicsoftheBasin2011.html
Additional Information: PRP or other authors may contact John Lopez: johnlopez@pobox.com or (504) 836-2215; PBRP authors may contact Nick Norton: nnorton@selu.edu or (985) 549-2923

14th World Lake Conference, October 31-November 4, 2011
The International Lake Environment Committee and the River Systems Institute are co-sponsoring the 14th World Lake Conference, to be held in Austin, Texas, from October 31-November 4, 2011. The focus of the conference, titled Lakes, Rivers, Groundwater, and Coastal Areas: Understanding Linkages, is on lake and reservoir systems and their hydrological linkages to upstream and downstream river systems. Organizers have designed the conference to provide an interactive international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences related to lakes and the water systems that support them. Call for Abstracts: Presentations consistent with the theme and objectives are welcomed and invited. The authors of selected presentations also will be invited to submit for possible publication in the ILEC Journal, Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management. The anticipated conference participants include international, national and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic organizations, representatives of the private sector, and other water stakeholders from both developed and developing countries. Visit: www.wlc14.org

Update on the latest Restore the Earth Foundation's Gulf Coast efforts!
Check out the FOX News 5 minute spot that was aired on Friday, March 25 at the 5 pm and 9 pm news stories!  http://www.restoretheearth.org/News/11_03_25_Fox.html
We are getting calls nationwide, even from London and Sweden….wanting an update on the oil in the gulf. It’s still there! We are scrambling to raise funds for 2000 more bags for the one year anniversary (APRIL 20) of the oil spill. Our partners Wildlife and Fisheries (WLF) will be bringing major media out to see what we have been doing as the FIRST restoration on the ground since the oil spill! To donate a bag and spread the word to others who might be able to contribute, visit: http://www.gulfsaversolutions.com. Give a gift to the wetlands for Earth Day, April 22. $25/bag
Links to share/post:
Times Picayune, New Orleans- Volunteers work to repair wetlands: http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2011/03/volunteers_work_to_repair_wetl.html
Volunteers return to Wildlife and Fisheries Management area for more restoration: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/33905
Front Page Article on 10,000 Cypress Trees for Louisiana Wetlands from the Baton Rouge Advocate March 19, 2011: http://www.2theadvocate.com/mobile?cid=118284949&section=/news

 

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WEEK EVENTS:

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is April 10-16! Here’s a quick update on new resources and opportunities to participate, including EE Week Planning Toolkits and our annual Photo Blog Contest and the EE Week Daily Drawing. We also invite you to watch the videos of the 15 finalist in the Planet Connect Get Green Video Contest. Register your school or organization to participate in EE Week, and join our network of thousands of educators dedicated to increasing the environmental literacy of K-12 students. You'll also receive many other perks, including certificates of participation and access to special offers from our partners. Join us!

Photo Blog Contest (Submissions accepted April 1 through May 31)
Do you have an inspiring story and photo of how you and your school or organization are engaging students in environmental education? National Environmental Education Week wants to hear about it! Simply upload your photos and stories to the EE Week Photo Blog. The 2011 EE Week Photo Blog Contest is open to individuals affiliated with a school or organization providing K-12 educational programs. Photo Blog Contest applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a valid email address and be residents of the United States. Read the complete rules. Each photo blog entry must include a photograph and accompanying blog text no longer than 1,500 characters that clearly describes the environmental education activity shown in the photo. Release forms are required for each identifiable person in a photo. Entries will be judged on the quality of the photo and blog text, visual appeal and the student learning that took place as a result of the environmental education efforts depicted in the blog. First, second and third place prizes include a shopping spree for educational media at the Video Project, a Canon PowerShot A490 digital camera and a Get Outdoors! Field Pack from Acorn Naturalists.

Ocean Education Planning Toolkits Designed for 2011 EE Week Now Available
Each year, EE Week provides hundreds of free resources and lesson plans on EEWeek.org to help educators plan activities around an annual theme. But busy teachers don't always have the time to sift through all of these materials to identify the best activities for their classes. This year, together with our partners at the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), EE Week brings you this planning toolkit with a suggested grade-appropriate activity on a daily sub-topic for each school day of EE Week. We are all connected to the ocean in many ways, whether we live near or far from it. These sub-topics were selected to help students better understand their many connections to the coast, and include weather, ocean exploration, climate change and more. Access the toolkits.

Earth Day Network Lessons on our Ocean Connections
In celebration of EE Week's 2011 theme: Ocean Connections, our friends at Earth Day Network developed five lesson plans on the ocean and oil spills to help K-12 teachers bring the topics into the classroom in support of EE Week's 2011 theme. Developed by and for educators, these interdisciplinary lessons are correlated to national content standards in science, social studies and math. Each activity may also be adapted for use with older or younger students. Download the ocean lesson plans or check out the oil spill lesson plan to learn more.

EE Week Special Feature: Weather Connections to the Ocean
As part of National Environmental Education Week's 2011 theme, Ocean Connections, broadcast meteorologists from across the United States have contributed videos explaining the ocean's role in weather in their regions. These meteorologists participate in Earth Gauge®, a sister program of National Environmental Education Week that provides weathercasters with free environmental information and stewardship tips they can share with their viewers.