WEEKLY eNEWS: Grants, Events, Conferences, Workshops/Webinars, Awards/Contests, Volunteer, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

GRANTS

Grant Opportunity for Teachers – Deadline October 1!
DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit connecting public school teachers with people who want to support classroom learning. Teachers of all subject areas can apply for funding due to the generosity of Chevron. To apply, visit: http://www.donorschoose.org/teachers/

Green Cup Recycle Challenge (Challenge Starts October 1)
The Green Schools Alliance invites K-12 schools across the United States and around the world to register for the GREEN CUP RECYCLE CHALLENGE. During the four-week Challenge, schools compete for Bin Points by "recycling right" - improving recycling compliance rates and decreasing contamination. Bonus Points can be earned for additional waste reduction efforts such as composting or paperless communications. Weekly bin checks provide instant feedback on how well schools are recycling. Learn more

Recycle Bowl Competition (Register by October 8)
Recycle-Bowl aims to establish new recycling programs within schools, increase recycling rates in schools that currently recycle, and provide teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction. A winner from each U.S. state and the District of Columbia will receive $1,000 based on the most recycled material per person per school. An additional grand prize valued at $2,500 will go to the top performer among the State Champions! Learn more

Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants(Deadline: October 12)
Searching for funding for your outdoor classroom, schoolyard garden or school greening project? Lowe's will donate $5 million to public schools and public school parent teacher groups at more than 1,000 different public schools per school year. The Fall 2012 grant cycle will open mid-July and close October 12, 2012. Learn more

CPRA Issues Request for Proposals for 2013 Conservation and Restoration Partnership Fund (Deadline: October 19)
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana is now accepting proposals for projects seeking funding through its Conservation and Restoration Partnership Fund. The program has $1 million available as matching funds for projects aimed at coastal conservation and restoration. Proposals will be accepted through October 19, 2012. Projects selected for funding will be notified by November 30, 2012. Proposals may be submitted via mail, email, or FAX, but must be received by CPRA before close of business on October 19, 2012. Submissions should be sent to: Stuart Brown, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, 450 Laurel Street, 12th Floor, Baton Rouge LA 70801, phone: (225) 342-4596, fax: (225) 342-9417, email: stuart.brown@la.gov. For more information about CPRA and its coastal restoration and protection efforts, please contact Chuck Perrodin at (225) 342-7615 or by e-mail at chuck.perrodin2@la.gov.

America's Cutest Energy Savers (Deadline: October 22)
Parents and educators are invited to submit videos of kids doing their part to save energy. The grand prize winner will receive $250 and the runner-up will received $100. The first 100 entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Consumer Reports online, a one-year Green America membership and a LED light bulb. Contest ends October 22. Learn more

 

EVENTS

Super Science Saturday (Saturday, October 27, 2012)
LSU Pete Maravich Assemby Center from 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Hands-on chemistry and science demonstrations! All students & families are welcome! Fun & educational for all ages!
Sponsored by: American Chemical Society, LSU Department of Chemistry, LSU Athletic Department, Free admission! Please bring donation or non-perishable food item for Baton Rouge Food Bank. See attached PDF for more information.

Chemistry in Action! (November 4, 2012)
Several education events aimed at high school science and chemistry teachers will be offered at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society on Sunday, November 4 in Baton Rouge. For registration and meeting Information, please visit www.swrm2012.orgor see attached PDF.

 

CONFERENCES

Customize Your Conference Agenda With Our New Online Agenda Tool! (October 20-25)
Join the 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration in Tampa, October 20-25, and use the exciting new AGENDA TOOL to create your own customized Conference schedule, save the schedule to your phone or tablet, and even print and share. Click the link:  RAE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Have Facebook or Twitter? Log-in with either and see how many of your friends and colleagues are also attending the Conference. With the Agenda Tool there are no more missed connections! For more information on our National Conference, download our registration brochure at www.estuaries.org/conference. You MUST register on-line at: https://www.cmpinc.net/rae

The LaSTEM GCP Kick-Off & Design Squad Nation Conference (Saturday, October 27)
This newly formed Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Girls Collaborative Project (LaSTEM GCP), offers a chance for all those committed to informing, motivating and inspiring girls in the state of Louisiana to pursue careers in STEM to come together to share exemplary practices, develop new collaborations, and share resources.  All informal educators, afterschool providers, school administrators, engineers, technical professionals, business partners, members of professional organizations, K-12 educators, and university staff are encouraged to join us! The LaSTEM GCP and the Emmy award-winning PBS’ Design Squad Nation will host a hands-on breakout session to discuss how together we can boost girls’ interest in engineering using multimedia resources and activities from PBS’ Design Squad Nation.
          The LaSTEM GCP Kick-Off & Design Squad Nation Conference is Saturday, October 27, 9:00 am–4:00 pm at the Frank Walk Presentation Room in the Engineering Annex Building; Louisiana State University (Ceba Ln & Nicholson Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70803) Cost is $25.00 and checks can be mailed to: Attn: Lou Papai, Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Pkwy, Shreveport, LA  71101. Travel scholarships are available to a limited number of participants. Contact Lou Papai at lpapai@sciport.org for more information. Limited number of hotel rooms available for out of town participants. Contact The Cook Hotel, (225) 383-2665. Cost: $99/night. Cutoff date: 9-28-12 (trying to extend Friday, October 5th)

 

WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

Opening for Free Environmental Education Workshop (Ongoing)
The Alliance for Affordable Energy is launching a new education program focused on teaching elementary school students about energy science, energy sources and conservation! The Alliance is a non-profit that has worked for over 25 years to protect rate payers from soaring energy costs and advocate for energy efficiency and renewable energy in Louisiana. They will be working with elementary schools in and around New Orleans, and are looking for teachers who are interested in hosting their free workshop in their classroom. The workshop will take one class period and will incorporate curriculum created by the National Energy Education Development Program as well as original curriculum by the Alliance. Fun, interactive classroom activities, including a bicycle generator that students can ride to power light bulbs and other electrical appliances, demonstrating the concept of converting physical energy to electricity will be used. If interested in working with the Alliance on this curriculum, please contact Education Director, Julia Michaels at 504-208-9761 or julia@all4energy.org.  

Webinar: Environmental Education is for Everyone: 'K through Grey' Resources (October 3)
EPA's Office of Environmental Education (OEE) has a wealth of information on educational resources that educators can use off the shelf in formal school classrooms and informal educational settings, or in development of a larger curriculum. EPA and the National Environmental Education Foundation will present environmental education resources for schools and teachers to use to incorporate and integrate EE into daily classroom activities. Learn more 

PBLU Schoolyard Habitat Project(Courses start October 8)
PBLU is a new online network of educators who are interested in learning and sharing about project-based learning. It consists of a series of five free online two-week classes and a capstone certification course featuring Common Core-aligned projects. In the Schoolyard Habitat Project, developed by NEEF, the Pacific Education Institute and the Buck Institute for Education, learn how to engages students in researching, designing and implementing a plan to create a wildlife habitat on school grounds while reinforcing math and language arts skills. Learn more

Webinar on Solar Energy for Water and Wastewater Utilities (October 11)
On Thursday, October 11, 2012, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST, EPA will host a webinar on solar energy and water and wastewater utilities. The webinar will detail the process of implementing solar energy projects in such utilities, the various types of solar technologies available, and where they can be most appropriately used, while highlighting innovative funding approaches (including those with no up-front capital requirements) that result in long-term energy cost savings and stability. The webinar will present the case study of a successful solar installation at a small water utility in Grafton, Massachusetts. Click here to register for this free webinar. For additional information, please contact Jim Horne at (202) 564-0571 or horne.james@epa.gov. Slides of two previous webinars on this topic can be viewed here.

Webinar: Career Opportunities in Wildlife Conservation and Natural Resource Management (October 17)
NEEF, in collaboration with the American School Counselors Association and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting a webinar to provide school counselors and educators with the latest information about careers in the fields of wildlife conservation, natural resources management and environmental education. The webinar will feature key leaders from government agencies and experts in the field. A resources toolkit will be offered in conjunction with the webinar. The first 100 registered participants that log in and complete the webinar will be eligible for a webinar drawing to receive a copy ofGreen Collar Jobs: Environmental Careers for the 21st CenturyLearn more

OneNOAA Science Seminars: October 2012
(Click on seminar title for complete and updated seminar details online)

Economic Health Index

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Date and Time:

October 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone

Location:

NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Speaker(s):

John Walden(NOAA Fisheries economist, Northeast Fisheries Science Center)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANODCand NOAA Fisheries Office of Science & Technology

Aviation in a 2 degree world?

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Date and Time:

October 03, 2012, 15:30-16:30 Mountain Time Zone

Location:

NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar room (2A305), David Skaggs Research Center (325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305)

Speaker(s):

David S. Lee (Centre for Air Transport & Environment (CATE), Manchester Metropolitan University)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAAESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar

Evolutionary Strategies in Marine Phytoplankton: Interrelated Influence of Nutrients, Cell Size, and Grazing Defense

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Date and Time:

October 04, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone

Location:

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)

Speaker(s):

William Sunda (NOAA Beaufort Laboratory)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

Make Coastal Changes Come Alive with CanVis Visualization Software

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Date and Time:

October 10, 2012, 14:00-15:30 Eastern Time Zone

Location:

Webinar remote access only

Speaker(s):

Hansje Gold-Krueck (NOAA Coastal Services Center. Hosted & moderated by the EBM Tools Network)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAACoastal Services Center, Digital Coast Webinar Series

Sandlance, Sharks and Sticky Fish - Inspiration for New Materials and Biomimetic Solutions to Unusual Problems

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Date and Time:

October 11, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone

Location:

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)

Speaker(s):

Adam Summers (University of Washington)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

NOAA Monthly Climate Webinar Updates

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Date and Time:

October 18, 2012, 11:00 - 12:00 Eastern Time Zone (times may vary)

Location:

Webinar Access Only

Speaker(s):

NOAA climate and weather experts

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANCDC Monthly Climate Updates

Marine Genomics and the Evolution of Body Plans

Date and Time:

October 18, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone

Location:

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)

Speaker(s):

Billie Swalla (University of Washington)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

Introduction to Great Lakes Climate Education Resources

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Date and Time:

October 19, 2012, 10:00-12:00 Eastern Time Zone

Location:

NOAAOhio Sea Grant (webinar, remote access only)

Speaker(s):

Lyndsey Manzo(Ohio Sea Grant Educator)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAAOhio Sea Grant

Using Cost Effectiveness Analysis to Select Salmon Recovery Measures: A Practical Approach with Some Difficulties

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Date and Time:

October 25, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone

Location:

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)

Speaker(s):

Daniel Huppert (University of Washington)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

 

AWARDS/CONTESTS

2013 Agriculture in a Growing World Essay Contest (October 1)
The Agriculture in A Growing World Essay contest is a national competition for 9-12th grade students, hosted by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture in partnership with the Nutrients for Life Foundation. To be eligible for the national competition, students must have been in a classroom that implemented the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Book of the Year, The Man Who Fed the World by Leon Hesser and corresponding curriculum. Essays address modern agricultural technologies and social, political or environmental issues related to agriculture. Apply online at http://bit.ly/MGUrRJfor the 2012 Agriculture in a Growing World Grant program by October 1, 2012. For questions or more information, email educationdirector@fb.orgor call 1-800-443-8456.

Spirit of Innovation Challenge (Deadline: October 24)
Each year the Conrad Foundation challenges youth ages 13-18 from around the globe to Get Their Genius On and conceptualize a solution in the areas of Aerospace and Aviation, Energy and Environment, Cyber Security and Technology, and Health and Nutrition. Winning teams in each category receive $5,000 in seed grant money toward the commercialization of their product. Learn more

KLB Call for Submissions – Annual Awards Program (Deadline: October 8)
The annual awards program presents seven awards recognizing exceptional volunteers in the state and includes the Alice Foster Award, named in honor of the former first lady. The deadline for entries is Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. Submit entries to info@keeplouisianabeautiful.org! Recipients will be recognized on Friday, October 26, 2012, during the Annual Awards Luncheon at the conclusion of the 2012 KLB State Conference in New Iberia.

President's Environmental Youth Awards (Deadline December 31)
Since 1971, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has annually sponsored the President's Environmental Youth Awards. The awards program recognizes outstanding projects from young individuals, K-12 classrooms, summer camps and youth organizations about the environment and how to sustain it. All applicants receive a signed certificate by the President honoring them for their efforts. Learn more

 

VOLUNTEER

Save Our Shore: Volunteer for the Coast with Abita Beer and CRCL (September 29)
Register Now
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and Abita Beer invite you to participate in "Save Our Shore: Volunteer for the Coast," Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm at Grand Isle State Park on Grand Isle (Admiral Craik Dr. Grand Isle, LA 70358). Abita Beer is partnering with CRCL to implement this and other restoration projects which will directly restore dune habitat and strengthen Grand Isle State Park and other sites in the future. Minimum age for volunteers is 10, but all minors must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment (shovels, gloves, hammers, etc.) will be provided. Lunch and drinks will be provided to all volunteers. Online registration form and additional information can be found at www.crcl.orgor call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information.  

 

RESOURCES

EPA Releases a Comprehensive Schools Brochure! "Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments Brochure"
This easy to use booklet focuses on affordable, sensible ways, to address some of the most common areas of environmental health concerns found in schools. In this era of budget tightening and unfortunate education funding cuts, the booklet is designed to identify and address environmental health issues that school districts can readily address with minimal cost and effort. It is a resource for facilities personnel and school staff, providing:

  • one-stop access to learn about a range of school environmental health issues;
  • many low cost/no cost, affordable measures, programs and resources available to help prevent, reduce and resolve each of the highlighted environmental hazards;
  • a voluntary Quick Assessment Checklist to identify those issues that school districts and schools can address with minimal cost and effort; and,
  • waste reduction and energy efficiency actions that will help you conserve valuable financial resources.

While this booklet provides best management practices, it does not preempt, supersede or serve as a substitute for Federal, State, local and Tribal regulations that are applicable to schools. Learn more at: http://www.epa.gov/region8/humanhealth/children/SensibleSteps.pdf

 

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 Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec