WEEKLY eNEWS: EE Symposium Presenter & Exhibit Proposals DUE TODAY! Plus, news on Events, Grants, Internships, Contests, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana 

Presenters and Exhibitors Proposals submissions – DUE TODAY!

2012 Environmental Education Symposium in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012!
All Symposium registration, exhibitor, and presenter forms and related information can be found on our website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec. For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov.



NBTS Public Review of Their Standards for Science
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announces its public review period for Science Standards, Third Edition for teachers of students ages 11-18+. Practicing teachers fill a majority of seats on standards committees with other members representing districts, states, and higher education. NBPTS Standards reflect the Five Core Propositions that are the foundation of National Board Certification; identify specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support accomplished practice, while emphasizing the holistic nature of teaching; illustrate how a teacher's professional judgment is reflected in action; and describe how the standards come to life in different settings. Science Standards will be available for public review January 9th - February 5th. The standards can be accessed online at: http://surveymonkey.com/SciPublicComment   
Please visit the NBPTS website for information on standards development. For assistance or additional information about the public review process, please contact NBPTS at nominations@npbts.org.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS –Dedicated Sessions, Presentations, and Posters FEBRUARY 1 DEADLINE!
Restore America's Estuaries 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration
October 20-24, 2012 –Tampa, Florida

The Conference will be a dynamic and exciting opportunity to share successes and lessons learned in all realms of coastal habitat restoration. The overarching theme of "Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities" highlights the interwoven nature of coastal ecosystems and the communities that rely on them. Students are particularly encouraged to participate.
To Submit a Proposal: http://program.estuaries.org/
Sponsorship: Harvey Potts, hpotts@estuaries.org
Exhibitor & Scholarship: Meg Beiter, mbeiter@estuaries.org
General Conference Information: Elsa Carlisle, conference@estuaries.org 
Conference Program/Call for Proposals: Suzanne Giles Simon, program@estuaries.org
Restore America's Estuaries National Headquarters: (703) 524-0248, www.estuaries.org

seedTALK: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Northwest Louisiana – January 18
This monthly seedTALK series is about Energy Efficiency efforts and Sustainability programs in our own backyard. Great things are happening in Shreveport, Bossier City, and the surrounding area. Lunch and learn with us each month to be “in the know” and help you get started on your own energy efficiency goals for your home, your business, your city and your region.
Join us for lunch & our inaugural session of seedTALK: January 18th 2012, 11:30 a.m. at Cohab, 610 Commerce Street in Shreveport
Special Speaker: Bill Robertson from the office of Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell
Energy Efficiency Docket – from the supply side and the demand side
Net Metering Program – making your electricity meter run backward
Renewable Power Pilot Program – renewable energies we are already using
Please RSVP via seed’s facebook page event at seedTALK or in reply to this email at bluegreen.la@gmail.com


Wetlands Reserve Program (Deadline January 20)
          The Wetlands Reserve Program is a national program authorized by the Farm Bill to assist eligible landowners restore, create, protect, and enhance wetlands on their property. Participation in this program is voluntary, and restoration is accomplished in an environmentally safe, cost-effective manner. Easement payments are based on the lowest of either the fair market value of the land using an appraisal or area-wide analysis, the Geographic Area Rate Cap, or an offer made by the landowner.
          The first fiscal year 2012 application evaluation period for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) in Louisiana ends January 20, 2012. If you are interested in or have applied for WRP and you would like to ensure your application package is complete and will be considered in the first evaluation period, please contact your local USDA Natura; Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.
          Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for the Wetlands Reserve Program. There may be additional opportunities for application funding throughout 2012. Applications received after January 20, 2012, will be considered in future evaluation periods, if any, or carried into fiscal year 2013 on October 1, 2012.
          For more information on the Conservation Stewardship Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Soil and Water Conservation Districts, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Soil and Water Conservation District

Fund for Teachers Professional Development Grants (Deadline: January 27)
The Fund for Teachers Grant awards preK-12 teachers with funds to support professional development activities during the summer of 2012. The deadline for application is January 27, 2012. See the website for eligibility, and check out additional funding opportunities and other resources. http://www.fundforteachers.org/

Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Funding Opportunity (Deadline: February 7)
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program. The deadline for preproposals is 3:00 p.m. Central (4:00 p.m. Eastern) February 7, 2012. The attached Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) describes the priorities and funding level in detail. Preproposals are to be emailed by the deadline to oar.hq.sg.acquaculture@noaa.gov and CC-ed to loretta.leist@usm.edu and devaney.cheramie@usm.edu. Full proposals must be submitted to loretta.leist@usm.edu by April 17, 2012, 3:00 p.m. Central. MASGC will submit your proposal to the National Sea Grant Office via Grants.gov on your behalf. For additional information contact LaDon Swann, Director at 251-648-5877 or e-mail swanndl@auburn.edu. Also, see attached executive summary for more information.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Green Ribbon Schools Initiative (Deadline: February 17)
The Green Ribbon Schools Initiative recognizes the highest performing green schools in the nation is designed to honor schools that save energy through environmentally sustainable classrooms and school buildings; and engage their communities in efforts to boost environmental literacy. Schools must be nominated by their state chief education officer and cannot apply directly to the USDO. Each state may select up to four schools, based on the three criteria: Environmental Impact and Energy Efficiency; Healthy School Environments; and Environmental and Sustainability Education. The USDOE will select approximately 50 award recipients in the 2011-2012 school year. Winners will be announced during Earth Week in April 2012. The deadline for schools to submit applications to the Louisiana Department of Education is February 17, 2012. To access the online application, please click here.

EPA Announces Solicitation for 2012 Grants (Deadline: February 29)
EPA is seeking applicants for $1 million in environmental justice small grants expected to be awarded in 2012. EPA’s environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution.  The 2012 grant solicitation is now open and will close on February 29, 2012. Applicants must be incorporated non-profits or tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities to understand and address local environmental and public health issues. EPA will host pre-application teleconference calls on January 12, 2012, February 1, 2012 and February 15, 2012 to help applicants understand the requirements.
More information on the Environmental Justice Small Grants program and a list of grantees: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html
Environment Justice Small Grants 2012 Request for Proposals and schedule of pre-application teleconference calls: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-rfp-2012.pdf

Professional Development Scholarships - Amazon Rainforest Workshop & Machu Picchu Extension (Deadline: March 8)
Searching for something unique! spirited! and fun! this summer? K-12 teachers and environmental educators can win one of three $1000 scholarships to travel with scientists to one of the most diverse environments in the world. Join group leader Donna Krabill, Norfolk Botanical Garden and scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University and Randy Morgan, Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo on a rainforest discovery June 29- July 8, 2012. Experience a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway, Yagua Culture & Crafts, Village Service Project, ReNuPeru Ethnobotanical Garden, Birdwatching, Night Hikes, and Monkey Island Conservation Project. Open registration through May. Land cost is $1850, plus air. Machu Picchu Extension is optional. Academic Credit is available.  Land cost is $850 for scholarship winners. Submit simple scholarship application by March 8. For program and scholarship information, visit http://www.travel2learn.com/amazon.htm (case sensitive). Contact Dr. Frances Gatz, 1-800-669-6806 or frances@ee-link.net.


Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Initiative (Deadline: January 27)
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in cooperation with its federal partners offer America's Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists, an initiative to connect youth to the outdoors by providing financial support for youth conservation job training programs. The program brings together public and private partners to support organizations that are developing innovative conservation job opportunities for youth which expose young people, particularly urban and minority youth, to the natural world and career opportunities available in conservation. The deadline for application is January 27, 2012. Click here for more information.

NASA DEVELOP Now Accepting Summer Applications (Deadline:  January 30)
Summer 2012 Internship Term Dates:  June 4 – August 10, 2012

Are you a looking for a real-world, paid scientific/technical internship? Would you enjoy the opportunity to work with NASA to investigate environmental issues relevant to local communities? Are you interested in using science to inform public policy? If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then you may be a competitive candidate for an internship with NASA’s DEVELOP National Program! DEVELOP is a NASA Applied Sciences training and development program where students utilize NASA and partner agency satellite data to conduct hands-on Earth Science research to enhance decision support for local, regional, and national agencies. Please visit http://develop.larc.nasa.gov or contact Ms. Brandie Mitchell at Brandie.S.Mitchell@nasa.gov or 228-688-2917 for more information. See attached flyer.


JASON/Immersion Carbonrally Contest
Compete against JASON and Immersion Carbonrally teams from around the world to see who can reduce their carbon footprint the most. A Carbonrally team can be a class of students, an after-school science club, or any other group of kids who want to make a difference and compete for some cool prizes in the process. Contest runs through May 1, 2012. For more information: JASON/Immersion Carbonrally Contest


You Tube for Schools
Although there are lots of educational videos on YouTube, there are also many videos that aren’t appropriate for students, which is why many schools block access to YouTube from their networks. To solve this problem, YouTube has created a special section for schools, filled with age-appropriate educational content. YouTube for Schools gives users access to the hundreds of thousands of educational videos on YouTube EDU. This includes short lessons from top teachers around the world, full courses from the world’s best universities, professional development from fellow educators, and inspiring videos. Educators also can customize the content that is available from the site. Though all schools receive access to all of the content on YouTube EDU, teachers and administrators can login to YouTube.com and create playlists of videos that will be available at their school. School teachers and administrators can login and watch any video, but students cannot log in and can only watch YouTube EDU videos and videos their school has added. All comments and related videos are disabled, and search is limited to YouTube EDU videos. YouTube also has created a page for teachers, YouTube.com/Teachers, to help them learn to use the site as a powerful educational tool. YouTube EDU is at http://www.youtube.com/schools.


Free Life of a Tree Poster Set
From the International Paper Learning Center, the Life of the Forest Teacher Packet is a complimentary poster set for K-6 teachers. Teachers may each request 1 packet. Click here. Posters and a 5-piece handout set (posters are 16" x 20).

Seeking Nominations for Members to EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC is a multi-stakeholder federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator about cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill eight (8) new vacancies. Nominations can be submitted in electronic format (preferred) at http://epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/index.html#membership. Deadline: January 25, 2012. For additional details regarding the nomination process and to learn more about NEJAC, please visit http://epa.gov/environmentaljustice/nejac/index.html or contact the EPA Office of Environmental Justice at (202) 564-2515.

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/

Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec