Grants, Events, Workshops, and Public Meetings

GRANTS

KEEP LOUISIANA BEAUTIFUL OFFERS GRANTS TO GROUPS (August 31)
          Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction, is now accepting grant applications for its 2011 KLB Healthy Communities Grants Program. The deadline to apply is August 31. KLB awarded close to $200,000 in grants to groups around the state in 2010. Grant applications can be submitted via the KLB website and awards will be announced September 12.
          The KLB Grants Program is designed to help community organizations, governmental agencies, and educational groups implement projects with a specific focus on litter abatement through community education, recycling programs, enforcement and more. All grantees are required to participate in the annual Great American Cleanup held March through May each year or in America Recycles Day, held on November 15th each year. To learn more about the KLB Healthy Communities Grant Program, two technical assistance conference calls are available in August for interested grant applicants. Visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org for more submission information. A complete list of guidelines, terms and conditions and eligibility requirements, as well as application information are available on the KLB website. Find KLB on Facebook by searching “Keep Louisiana Beautiful” and on Twitter @keeplabeautiful.

Grant Opportunity: Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Partnership (September 15)
          The GCRP is a multi-year, regional partnership between the Gulf of Mexico Foundation (GMF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Community-based Restoration Program (CRP), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program (GoMP), and the Gulf States and Caribbean Territories. The purpose of this partnership is to strengthen the conservation efforts of the NOAA CRP and EPA GoMP by supporting on-the-ground restoration activities and fostering local stewardship of ecologically significant areas.
For project ideas, you can see what other Community Based Restoration recipients have done across the gulf and elsewhere by visiting the NOAA Restoration Atlas at: http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/restoration/restorationatlas/index.html
For details, visit: http://www.gulfmex.org/contact-us/  Submittal Due Date: September 15, 2011


EVENTS

Coastal America International Student Ocean Art Contest
          Contact a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center (CELC) near you to learn more. The "Coastal America International Student Art Contest" draws upon young people's artistic expression to convey the importance of the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. The Ocean Art Contest encourages students to learn about marine issues we face as a nation by creating art based on the National Ocean Policy and "Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy". Beginning in Fall 2011, students from primary school to university will have a unique opportunity to participate on the Ocean Art Contest. CELCS will host Regional Art Contests and support local student artists. Winners of the Regional Contests will travel to Washington DC for the International Competition. Don't miss this opportunity to express your love of the Ocean through art!
For contest rules and guidelines and information about Coastal America go to http://www.coastalamerica.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1563&Itemid=182
Contestants must submit their artwork to the CELC closest to them. For more information on CELCs and their locations please visit http://www.coastalamerica.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1591&Itemid=202


WORKSHOPS

LPBF's 2011 Beach Sweep is Saturday, Sept 17th!!
          Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's 22nd annual Beach Sweep, LPBF's Beach Sweep 2011 will be held Saturday, September 17th from 9am-noon followed by a thank-you picnic for registered volunteers. Visit www.saveourlake.org for more information. The theme this year is "Trash Free Lake."  As in the past, we will work with the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), www.oceanconservancy.org. Come out and join us!
          Email joann@saveourlake.org if you can be a zone captain and bring out a group. Your responsibilities will include gathering volunteers, and attending a zone captain meeting the evening of Thursday, September 1st to pick up supplies and get your clean up zone and information. On Beach Sweep Day you will go out with your group, hand out data cards and trash bags, work in your assigned zone, turn in your group's data cards and fill in your summary card. Then you are all invited to come to celebrate at a free picnic from 11:30am-2:00pm at Pontchartrain Beach or with one of our partners (Friends of LA Wildlife Refuges, Keep Covington Beautiful, Keep Madisonville Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful).
          This year in Orleans and Jefferson Parish, we will be putting storm drain curb markers on storm drains that say "No Dumping, Drains to Lake." We will also clean street curbs, storm drains and ditches as well as some lakefront areas in parishes around Lake Pontchartrain. Please see our 2011 Beach Sweep flyer. Please distribute to office and civic groups, school clubs, scout troops and neighborhood friends. Remember a group can be as small as 3 or as large as you like. RSVP by to JoAnne Burke at (504)836-2238 or joann@saveourlake.org.

Elmer’s Island Summer Beach Sweep Volunteers Needed (August 18, 8am -1pm)
          Elmer’s Island Refuge is a barrier island located in Jefferson Parish southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana bordered by LA 1 and the Gulf of Mexico. The area includes a tidal zone, natural and restored dunes, and an expanse of open area leading to the Back Bay. The island is well known for the excellent fishing opportunities it has provided over the years for many popular species such as speckled trout, white trout, flounder, redfish, channel mullet, black drum, croaker, spanish mackerel and many other species that frequent the State's coastal beaches and passes. It also provides non-consumptive outdoor opportunities to observe wading, shore and seabirds as well as coastal marine life. There are no buildings or facilities on the island, and any visitors are required to carry out everything they bring onto the property. It will be extremely hot and there will be limited shade. Elmer’s Island is remote; the Back Bay area is very wet and muddy. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a smile! Lunch, water, and gloves will be provided. For more information please contact Julia Lightner, at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or 504-913-7849.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (August 9, 1pm)
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – Baton Rouge Office, Louisiana Room
Meeting agenda is attached.

Louisiana Girls Collaborative Project Information Meeting (August 16)
          Program managers, guidance counselors, business partners, technical professionals, teachers, and representatives from professional organizations and higher education are invited to join us at an informational meeting announcing the implementation of the Louisiana Girls Collaborative Project. This initiative will provide mini-grants, professional development, and other free resources to project participants to help increase the participation of girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Join us to learn more about the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) model, how this initiative can help your program or organization, and to network with colleagues to identify collaboration opportunities. The Louisiana Girls Collaborative Project will be sponsored by Sci-Port: LOUSIANA'S Science Center.
          The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana (5525 Reitz Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70809) in Conference Rooms CSC 2A& 2B.  A map and directions are located here: http://www.mapquest.com/?version=1.0&hk=1-P5Z1jicp. An event agenda is attached. For more details and to register: http://www.ngcproject.org/events/events.cfm?eventid=203. Pre-registration is required. Contact Amy Foster, National Program Manager (afoster@edlabgroup.org), with questions about the National Girls Collaborative (http://www.ngcproject.org).