WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Workshop/Webinar, Fellowship, Public Comment

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana


2012 Environmental Education Symposium
There is still time to register for the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium at the Lafayette Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012. Lodging assistance is offered to those with significant drive times while funding is available so apply now! EARN up to 12 CLUs! All Symposium forms and related information can be found on our website: www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-symposium. For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Hosted by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association.

Audubon Adventure Day Camps – Spring Break Camp
At Audubon Adventure Day Camps, children will be outside, enjoying hands-on learning and exploring the wonders of nature. They’ll hike, track wildlife, learn birding and other outdoor skills, create nature art, and conduct field studies all-the-while learning to better care for the amazing north Texas home. The experienced and caring educators will nurture children’s love of nature and deliver an unforgettable spring break experience full of adventure, growth and good times. Day camps are offered for children in grades K-5 at both Audubon Centers from 9 am until 3 pm, March 12-16. Spaces fill quickly, visit our websites www.dogwoodcanyonaudubon.org or www.trinityriveraudubon.org, or call 214-309-5812 to learn more and reserve your space.

Green Ribbon School Awards (Deadline: February 17)
The Louisiana Application Green Ribbon Schools deadline is February 17. For more information, contact Jean May-Brett, MSP State Program Director at 225-342-8993 or jean.may-brett@la.gov, www.louisianaschools.net/topics/green_ribbon_schools.html. To access the online application, visit: http://tinyurl.com/6srwrn9.

2012 Louisiana Envirothon (April 21)
Announcing the 2012 Louisiana Envirothon to be held on April 21, 2012 at the LSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge! The environmental problem-solving competition is for students in grades 6 -12. A team of five students from the same school or associated with an organized group (i.e. FFA, 4-H, science club, etc.) train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition focuses on five natural resource areas: soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2012 current environmental issue is Nonpoint Source and Low Impact Development. Teams also present a solution to an environmental problem related to the current issue through an oral presentation. Winners receive special recognition and monetary prizes. Please review the attached flyer and registration form for more information and submit by March 30, 2012. There will be one training session held on March 24, 2012 in Baton Rouge. For more information please contact Tomeka Prioleau, 225-219-0877, Tomeka.Prioleau@la.gov or visit the Envirothon website at www.deq.louisiana.gov/envirothon and like us on Facebook!


Coastal Lines of Defense Field Workshop (February 25)
There is still time to register for the upcoming workshop at UNO's Coastal Education and Research Facility (CERF) on Saturday February 25, presented by UNO Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences Coastal Education Program with support from the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. For more information about the coastal lines of defense, visit their new web site: linesofdefense.org or contact Dinah at 504-280-1374, dmaygard@uno.edu, or Heather at 504-280-4042, hlgordon@uno.edu.

Sustainable Schools Webinar Series 2012 – Reducing Waste in Schools: "Trayless Tuesdays"
The first webinar, "Reducing Waste in Schools: Trayless Tuesdays," will discuss the progress in New York City to reduce landfill waste and reduce the use of polystyrene trays in schools. We will hear from NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Sanitation and SOSNYC/Cafeteria Culture about their innovative collaboration to institute an alternative to the foam lunch trays for NYC's 1.1 million school children. Please join in Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm as panelists Stephen O'Brien, Director of Food and Food Support, NYC Department of Education; Mary Most, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling, NYC Department of Sanitation; and Debby Lee Cohen Director of Styrofoam Out of Schools/Cafeteria Culture share the story of their ground-breaking collaboration "Trayless Tuesdays," and how your school or school district can adopt this waste reduction strategy. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/649234322. For more information, please contact EPA Region 2 Sustainable Schools Coordinator, Sabina Pendse (pendse.sabina@epa.gov).


DCMC: Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellowship
The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program - U.S. Implementing Organization (IODP-USIO) is currently accepting applications for the Minorities in Scientific Ocean Drilling Fellowship. The Fellowship will award $30,000 to an outstanding minority student whose research is using data and/or materials obtained from scientific ocean drilling, or who is developing technology that will help advance science or engineering in scientific ocean drilling research. The fellowship is open to graduate students that are a member of a racial or ethnic minority group and who are enrolled in a geoscience or engineering program at any U.S. university or college. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2012. For additional details, visit: http://www.oceanleadership.org/education/diversity/minorities-in-scientific-ocean-drilling-fellowship/


Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA): LACES Sea-Level Rise Recommendations
The Louisiana Applied Coastal Engineering and Science Division of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA-LACES) is releasing for public comment a draft technical report outlining recommendations for anticipating sea-level rise impacts on Louisiana’s coast. The paper outlines an approach to assist coastal planners and managers when addressing sea level rise in future restoration and protection projects. The full Technical Report and a corresponding Summary for Managers can be accessed on the CPRA website at Laces Sea-Level Rise Recommendations. CPRA-LACES invites comments on both documents. They are opening a 30-day public comment period beginning on Monday, February 6th that will remain open through midnight Central Standard Time on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012. The website contains instructions for submitting comments to CPRA-LACES. The draft technical report and recommendations will be revised as necessary to account for comments received and a copy of the final report and recommendations will be made available on the CPRA website when complete.

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