WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants, Workshops/Webinars, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.


WRI Animated Video about the Unique Biology and Value of Coral Reefs
Céline Cousteau highlights the importance of coral reefs to people – providing food and medicine, protecting the shoreline, and attracting tourists – as well as the threats that reefs face due to overfishing, pollution and climate change. The video also explores what individuals can do to help save coral reefs, including buying from sustainable seafood providers, using sustainable tourism providers, reducing their CO2 footprint and supporting reef conservation. Animation by Jim Toomey. Watch the video below and help protect coral reefs today! http://www.wri.org/project/reefs-at-risk/polyps-in-peril

Register now for Bays and Bayous Symposium (November 14-15)
Registration is open for the 2012 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. Theme: “Finding a common currency: Natural resource economics, ecology and culture” The two-day coastal symposium will include networking opportunities, guest speakers and more than 100 oral and poster presentations with question-and-answer sessions. Presentation topics include climate and hazard resilience, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill science, habitat management and restoration, living estuarine resources, and water quality and quantity. The symposium is open to graduate students, resource managers, scientists, educators, industry and community leaders, elected officials and the general public. Sponsored by: the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, NOAA Coastal Services Center, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Alabama State Port Authority, Ocean Conservancy and Volkert and Associates, Inc. Registration fee: $50. For more information and to register, visit http://masgc.org/bb2012/registration.

Call for Nominees to Participate in an EPA Technical Workshop on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy
Water is vital to a productive and growing economy in the United States, and directly affects the production of many goods and services. On behalf of EPA, Industrial Economics, Inc. is seeking nominees from both the private and public sectors to attend and participate in a technical workshop that will seek independent input on water’s contribution to the U.S. economy, current capabilities to analyze and estimate this contribution, and the steps necessary to improve our understanding of water’s economic contributions. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2012. The format will include presentations on commissioned research and a combination of expert panels and group discussion. Interested parties should review the request for nominations, available on-line at http://www.indecon.com/iecweb/Procurements.aspx, and submit nominations to ntanners@indecon.comno later than 5:00 p.m., July 20, 2012. For additional information, send email inquiries to: Mr. Nadav Tanners, Associate, Industrial Economics, Incorporated, 2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140, NTanners@indecon.com

“Survival in the Marsh” Adventure Quencher (July 21)
Are you ready for a nice day on the water? Are you sure? Before starting out on a float, boat or fishing trip, you should be looking forward to the best day, but be prepared—just in case—for the worst day. Preparation is the key to survival! In order to help you become prepared for that unpredictable boat accident or break-down, the Grand Bay Reserve is proud to present an Adventure Quencher entitled “Survival in the Marsh” on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM till noon at the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center, 6005 Bayou Heron Road in Jackson County. Mr. Eric M. Lacefield, author of the book entitled “Survival in the Marsh” will be on hand to instruct you on what you should and should not do if you become stranded. For more information, visit: www.grandbaynerr.org



EECapacity State Consortia Grants (Deadline: August 12)
The EECapacity Project announces a Call for Applications for Year 2 of the State Consortia grants. Up to five states can receive funding to develop capacity building and networking for EE and related practitioners within their state. Each state consortium must include at least 20 educators representing a diversity of organizations such as community based groups, government nature preserves, an others that are committed to learning from each other, exchanging perspectives, and participating in a series of workshops and online learning opportunities for a period of one year or longer. A webinar will be held July 27, 2012. The deadline for application is August 12, 2012. http://www.eecapacity.net/call-for-applications-for-eecapacity-state-consortia-grants.html

Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grants (Deadline: August 13)
Community Impact Grants Program, grants of up to $5,000 are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered:
        - Repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing, or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.) 
        - Weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional veterans' housing, or community facilities 
        - Planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities that serve veterans 
        - Grants must support work completed by community volunteers in the U.S. 
        - Projects must be completed within six months following notification that the grant has been awarded, with reporting requirements due 30 days following the completion of the project. 
        - Grants are solely given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program will accept proposals for grants beginning February 6, 2012 through August 13, 2012. For more details, see http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-grant

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Announces 2012 Grant Applications Open(Deadline: August 15)
Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction, is now accepting grant applications for its 2012-13 KLB Healthy Communities Grants Program. The deadline to apply for funding from KLB is August 15, 2012. Grant guidelines and the application itself are on the KLB website, www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org. Applications are to be submitted via the website, and awards will be announced on or before August 31, 2012.

Fiscal Year 2013 Gulf of Mexico B-WET Funding Opportunity (Deadline: October 19)
The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY13 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov or the following website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/outreach/pdfs/NOAA-NMFS-SE-2013-2003461%20FFO%20Report.pdfApplicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 19, 2012 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details.The Gulf of Mexico B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.



EPA’s Environmental Education Grants Program (July 24, 4:00-5:00 PM EST)
EPA’s Environmental Education Grants Program awards funds to environmental education projects in a variety of settings, including community-based settings with audiences/students of all ages. In 2010, two community-based grants were awarded to two organizations in two very different parts of the country with very different environmental concerns. One of these grants went to the Island Institute in Rockland, ME, for their Energy for ME project in which students, teachers, and families are becoming leaders in the critical local energy debate by learning how to better understand their communities’ energy-consumption habits, as well as how to develop effective strategies to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in their community. Another grant was awarded to Watershed Management Group in Tucson, AZ, for their Green Streets - Green Neighborhoods project, which built a base of knowledgeable and motivated citizens, many in underserved neighborhoods, who are now armed with the knowledge and skills to improve environmental conditions by having participated in the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure practices. Join this webinar to learn how these two grantees chose an environmental issue important to the local community and educated residents in those communities to deal with the issue and live more sustainably in their environment. See attached flyer for more information.
Participant Dial-In Number(s): *Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (877) 290-8017
Your Conference ID # 99371913. Webinar registration information: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/340578784

OneNOAA Science Seminars
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA Coastal Services Center (remote access only)
Speaker(s): Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Don Scavia (Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)
How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Shellie Jacobson (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)



Recreation Outdoors Website and App
Recreation Outdoors is "Your gateway to discover America's Great Outdoors!" Visit http://www.recreation.gov/ to search locations and outdoor activities you enjoy. Membership is free to make reservations and much more!



EPA’s Job Training Program Expands to Include Wastewater and Stormwater
EPA is awarding $3 million to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. The grants will recruit, train and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. Managed by EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, the grant program targets economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and jobs are often most needed. With support from EPA’s Office of Water, this year’s grant program has expanded to include training for wastewater treatment plant operations and stormwater management. Seven of the 15 FY12 grant recipients will emphasize wastewater or stormwater above and beyond the required awareness-level introduction to these topics. Some will offer state certifications in wastewater treatment plant operations. Many of this year’s winning grantees are already working with local wastewater utilities or other water sector employers to secure placements for their participants. Historically, approximately 71 percent of program graduates have found employment in environmental fields that serve local communities. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm, or contact: Leon Latino, latino.leon@epa.gov, (202) 564-1997.

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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/

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