WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Workshops, Contest, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

Bays and Bayous Symposium Seeks Presenters (Deadline: September 1)
The 2012 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium is seeking presenters for oral presentations and poster presentations to be held November 14-15 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, Miss. Abstracts are due September 1 and must be submitted to abstracts@masgc.org. For more information about the call for abstracts, go to http://masgc.org/bb2012/abstracts. More information about the event can be found at http://masgc.org/bb2012.

 

WORKSHOPS

|| June’s seedTALK ||(June 28)
This presentation focuses on Commercial Buildings and is full of information how energy trends, legislation and EPA guidelines frame our actions. Presenters are commercial energy expert, Greg Coatesof Storer Energy Solutions, and Tracey Graham of City Energy Manager, Shreveport Energy Efficiency Division. Details are posted on the seedTALK facebook event pageor the attached flyer. CEU certification is offered (register at sign-in). Generous sponsored by Storer Energy Services.
Thursday, June 28th, 11:30 a.m. at Cohab: 610 Commerce Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
$10 Lunch (payable at the door)
Please RSVP on our facebook event: seedTALK: Sustainability & Energy Efficiency in Northwest Louisiana or via email to Nancy Larned
 

OneNOAA Science Seminars: July 2012
ecoOcean - Games in Dissemination, Education and Science

Add Seminar to your Google Calendar:
July 09, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Eastern Time Zone
NOAANMFS NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences LaboratoryConference Room, Office Building 74 (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey)
Speaker(s): Dr. Jörn Schmidt (Sustainable Fishery Group, Dept Economics, Univ. Kiel, Germany)

The Social Coast - Social Science, Simply Explained and Applied
Add Seminar to your Google Calendar:
July 11, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
NOAACoastal Services Center (remote access only)
Speaker(s): Susan Fox (NOAA Coastal Services Center)

Climate Change and Potential Ecosystem Change in Alaska, The Yukon, and The Northwest Territories
Add Seminar to your Google Calendar:
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Alaska Local Time (14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone) [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
ACCAPoffice, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska
Speaker(s): Nancy Fresco, Michael Lindgren, Falk Heuttmann (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Karen Murphy (National Park Service)

ISO Metadata Training Series: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization
Add Seminar to your Google Calendar:
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone
Webinar access only
Speaker(s): ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)

Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries: Future Survival of Larval Cod
Add Seminar to your Google Calendar:
July 25, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
NOAASSMC-4Room 12836 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Trond Kristiansen(Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway and Visiting Scientist, NOAA Climate Programand NOAA Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD)

ISO Metadata Training Series: XML Basics
Add Seminar to your Google Calendar:
July 31, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone
Webinar access only
Speaker(s): ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)

 

CONTESTS

Recycle-Bowl 2012 School Recycling Competition – October 15 - November 9, 2012
The 2012 Keep American Beautiful Recycle-Bowl challenges K-12 students to collect as much recyclable material as they can over a four-week period for the chance for their school to win a $1,000 prize. A national champion will be selected as well. The registration system is now open. Get started here: http://recycle-bowl.org/registration-instructions/

 

RESOURCES

EPA Announces Framework to Help Local Governments Manage Stormwater Runoff and Wastewater
EPA has issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states, and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement effective integrated approaches that will protect public health by reducing overflows from wastewater systems and pollution from stormwater. In developing the framework, the EPA worked in close coordination with a variety of stakeholders, including publicly owned treatment works, state water permitting authorities, local governments, and nonprofit environmental groups. EPA's framework outlines new flexibility to pursue innovative, cost-saving solutions, like green infrastructure, and will help communities as they develop plans that prioritize their investments in storm and wastewater infrastructure. For more information: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/integratedplans.cfm

EPA Issues Post-Construction Compliance Monitoring Guidance
EPA has issued final guidance on conducting effective post-construction compliance monitoring to assess the performance of measures implemented under long-term combined sewer overflow (CSO) control plans, as provided in EPA’s 1994 CSO Control Policy. This guidance will assist CSO permittees in developing post construction compliance monitoring plans that collect sufficient data for evaluating the effectiveness of CSO controls and assessing compliance with the requirements of the Clean Water Act. The Agency developed a draft of the guidance, and received comments from state National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System authorities and other stakeholders. For more information: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=5

Blog Spotlight: Gone with the Wind (and Waves)
Kelly Mercer, intern for EPA's Office of Water, blogs about how being out on the water helped lead to her college major. To read the blog, visit: http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/06/gone-with-the-wind-and-waves/

New EPA Environmental Justice Video Series
The EPA's Office of Environmental Justice 20th anniversary video series features stories and experiences from people who have been involved in environmental justice issues for many years from a variety of agencies, to share their insights, lessons learned, and approaches to developing solutions to environmental and health issues in their communities. http://blog.epa.gov/ej/

Four Principles of Effective Civic Engagement
Researchers at the National Park Service Conservation Study Institute created an overview of the principles of civic engagement in parks and other special places. Educators in schools and parks, and community members, can use these research-based recommendations to build a collective capacity for and commitment to conservation stewardship.
Tuxill, J. L., Mitchell, N., & Clark, D. (2009). Stronger together: a manual on the principles and practices of civic engagement. Woodstock, Vermont: National Park Service Conservation Study Institute and National Park Service Northeast Region Office of Interpretation and Education. http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eeresearch/posts/Four-...

Strategies for Engaging Young Adults in a Sustainable Future
Researchers at the National Park Foundation Conservation Study Institute and Shelburne Farms used the literature review to develop a number of strategies to engage young adults in park or community-based sustainability research, service, and action.
Program Design Principles from the Literature Review. In: Duffin, M., Laven, D., Pranis, E., Mitchell, N., & Camp, M. (2009). Engaging young adults in a sustainable future: strategies for national parks and other special places. Woodstock, Vermont: The National Park Service Conservation Study Institute and Shelburne Farms. http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/eeresearch/posts/Engag...

New EPA Climate Change Website
The Environmental Protection Agency announces a new climate change Web site to help the public better understand how to make everyday decisions today that will affect future risks. Learn more visit the web at www.epa.gov/climatechange/. The site contains information on the science and indicators of climate change, regional impacts, federal and EPA programs and partnerships, and tools for educators and public officials.

Dovetail Partners Redevelops Environmental Education Website
Forestinfo.org - Dovetail's New Home for Environmental Education Resources
Dovetail's new home for environmental education resources, Forestinfo.org, brings together resources for students, teachers, forestry professionals, and anyone interested in protecting, managing, and enhancing the natural environment. Forestinfo.orgcombines resources developed by TFF and Dovetail's former F.R.E.E. Network site.Take a minute to visit the new siteand browse our Videos, Eco-links, Lesson Plans, Teachers' Tools, Research References, upcoming Forestry Tours, and more!

 

LAGNIAPPE

The Journal of American History just released the online version of a special issue on "Oil in American History." The article "Building America's First Offshore Oil Port: LOOP": http://jah.oxfordjournals.org/content/99/1/187.fulloffers a condensed summary of oil and gas development and related environmental impacts on the Louisiana coast.
Oxford Press has made all the articles free to the public online here: http://journalofamericanhistory.org/projects/oil/contents/index.html

BTNEP Invasive Species Mini-Grant Helps Fund Wild Nutria Dog Biscuits
Louisiana-made nutria biscuits provide dog owners a healthy alternative treat that not only tastes good but also helps protect Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
         
Nutria significantly contributes to the alarming problem of coastal erosion by devouring critical marsh vegetation. To combat this problem, Louisiana initiated the Coastwide Nutria Control Program to reduce the nutria population and address the damage that they cause. The program, consisting of a $5-pertail incentive payment to trappers, has been a success as damage to marshes by nutria is on the decline. Beyond the incentive payment however, trappers find very little demand for nutria. They are an invasive species with few natural predators and very high reproductive rates. This means that the State will have to continue to spend substantial monies on the problem each year—monies that could otherwise be spent addressing other urgent coastal issues. Seeing this problem, Hansel Harlan, an attorney, and his sister Veni Harlan, a graphic designer, came up with the idea of using the high-quality nutria meat in dog treats. With that idea and a grant from the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Marsh Dog© was born.
          Marsh Dog’s premier product “Barataria Bites” is named after the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary, which, notably, is the fastest disappearing landmass in the world. The nutria used by Marsh Dog© are harvested from this estuary. The biscuits are then prepared, baked, and packaged in Baton Rouge. Marsh Dog© supports local farmers by using Louisiana products such as brown rice and sweet potatoes in its biscuits. The biscuits do not contain corn, wheat, soy, chemicals, artificial colorings or preservatives, or other additives, and are packaged in recyclable bags. Visit www.marshdog.comfor more information.

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