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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

CONTESTS

Lexus Eco Challenge
The Lexus Eco Challenge is open to students in grades 6-12. Students submit an action plan on a specific environmental issue within a listed topic that affects their local community. The deadline for submission for the Land/Water Challenge is October 29, 2012; Air/Climate runs November 5-December 17, 2012; and the Final Challenge runs January 8-February 20, 2013. The website offers lesson plans, research links, and complete details. http://lexus.scholastic.com/

Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants (Deadline: November 1)
NOAA's Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants Program support locally-driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife, including migratory fish. http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/marinedebris.html

No Bird Left Behind (Deadline: November 1)
For the No Bird Left Behind Challenge, show how people can create habitat for birds or how birds find what they need even in the most unlikely places. Take a photo, create a 5 sculpture or other artwork, shoot video, or write a story or a poem about birds enjoying their habitat. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/celebration/challenge/no-bird-left-behind

IGES Art Contest (Deadline: November 5)
The World’s a Place of Living Things is the 17th annual art contest held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. The contest is open to students in grades 2-4, who investigate biodiversity and draw a picture showing what they learned. http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/art-contest/2012-the-worlds-a-place-living-things/

National Public Lands Day Photo Contest (Deadline: November 10)
Submit your photos depicting volunteers participating at a National Public Lands Day site to the Volunteers in Action Photo Contest. http://www.publiclandsday.org/resources/contest/photo-contest

Environmental Education Regional Grants (Deadline: November 21)
The purpose of the EPA's Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. http://epa.gov/education/pdf/solNotice2012.htm

FFA Contest: Help your community and your chapter!
Are you an FFA advisor that would like to earn money for your chapter and provide a meaningful education opportunity at the same time? Click here to learn more.

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

LPBF Lighthouse Site Manager Position Opening (Deadline: November 12)
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has a full time position for Lighthouse Site Manager currently open. Details can be found at: http://saveourlake.org/PDF-documents/Temporary/Lighthouse-Manager.pdf. We have also placed the link on our homepage www.saveourlake.orgunder "Whats Happening". The deadline for applications is November 12th.

 

EVENTS

Screening of the Academy Award Nominated Documentary 'Sun Come Up'
Catholic Charities Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Nicholls State University, and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program are pleased to participate in an important national climate change education event.The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change (www.catholicclimatecovenant.org) is sponsoring a nationwide screening of the Academy Award-nominated film Sun Come Up. The film depicts some of the world’s first “forced climate migrants,” inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. After the film, there will be a facilitated discussion about the film and action steps that viewers can take to respond to the unfolding climate perspective. This is a view of what we are seeing in South Louisiana with sea level rise, subsidence and erosion.
WHEN: November 1, 2012 6 pm
WHERE: Peltier Auditorium, Nicholls State University
CONTACT: Robert Gorman CCHT, 876-0490; Dr. Allyse Ferrara NSU, 448-4736; Kerry St. Pé BTNEP, 447-0868
 

GRANTS

American Honda Foundation Grants (Deadline: November 1)
The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K–12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs that benefit youth and scientific education, and programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis, with the next deadline for application November 1, 2012. http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf

Connecting Math to Other Subjects Grants for High School Teachers (Deadline: November 9)
This grant funds the creation of high school classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. See the website for eligibility and details. http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=1328

Earthzine Call for Papers (Deadline: December 1)
Earthzine.org is soliciting articles for its 2012 fourth quarterly theme on environmental awareness. Earthzine seeks contributions addressing theory and practices related to 3 creating and expanding awareness of the Earth’s environment. http://www.earthzine.org/2012/08/01/call-for-papers-environmental-awareness/

Environmental Education Regional Grants (Deadline: November 21)
The purpose of the EPA's Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. http://epa.gov/education/pdf/solNotice2012.htm

EPA Announces the FY 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Request for Applications
EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice has released a Request for Applications (RFA) announcing the availability of funds for the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program for fiscal year 2013 (FY13). The EJSG Program provides funding to eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within affected communities. This year’s Small Grants Program solicitation will emphasize supporting the critical role of community-based and grassroots organizations in helping communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. For more information, visit EPA’s Environmental Justicewebpage. For additional questions, contact Sheritta Woodruffwoodruff.sheritta@epa.govor (202) 564-1771.

 

RESOURCES

Database of the Maritime Traffic in the Caribbean
The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean has developed a GIS-based database of maritime traffic in the wider Caribbean Region. It provides a visualization of the aggregated routes and the traffic density, along with additional features. Note that the access to the tool is secure; see the website for details. http://www.cep.unep.org/news/rac-rempeitc-launches-its-new-gis-based-database-of-the-maritime-traffic

Digital Storytelling
The Digital Storytelling initiative at Ohio State University define digital storytelling as a short (3-5 minute) movie which uses images, voice, and music to tell a story. The website offers examples such as The Joy of Research, Outside the Glass, and more. The Resources area includes information for those who would like to create their own digital stories with links to copyright-free audio and video sources, along with low-cost or free images. http://digitalstory.osu.edu/stories/community/

Educationlist
This website is an environmental and conservation education catalog. Users can create profiles about programs, events, job postings, grant listings, and more. The website is meant to act as a catalog for EE and CE resources. It can be used to market services and programs to key audiences, and offers a networking and coordination platform. http://www.educationalist.net/content/catalog-ee-and-ce-resources

Exploring Paleoclimatology in the Classroom
This guide provides instructions for educators on how to access and use coral radioisotope data for classroom activities. The data from the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology cover a 271 year period. Educational topics include methods for reconstructing temperature records; the South Pacific Gyre and EL Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO); and the relevance of decadal variations in sea surface temperature. http://serc.carleton.edu/usingdata/datasheets/Paleoclimatology_Rarotonga.html

Seafloor Explorer
The public is invited to help identify objects they see in images of the seafloor through the interactive website, Seafloor Explorer. The website is a collaboration between oceanographers studying seafloor habitats, web programmers, and social scientists. Visitors are asked to describe if they note any organisms; provide basic measurements; and more. Check this out - identification can be harder than you think. http://www.seafloorexplorer.org/

Check Out Tox Town: A Great Resource for Educating Children About Chemicals
Interactive website called "Tox Town," created by the National Library of Medicine to introduce middle school, high school, and college students to toxic chemicals in their everyday environment. Tox Town helps students and teachers learn about environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals pictured in imaginary Cities, Farms, Towns, the US Border Regions, Ports, and the US Southwest. Read more about it here!

New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.
EPA has launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, the How's My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation's water resources. Forty years later, EPA is providing citizens with a technology-based tool to expand that stewardship. Click here for the press release.  Click here to read a blog from EPA scientist Doug Norton.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Coastal Forest Restoration Project in Mandeville, LA
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the St. Tammany Parish Government are looking for volunteers to participate in a two day coastal forest tree restoration project on Thursday November 1 and Friday November 2,9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m., Tammany Hills Pond in Mandeville. Volunteers can register for one or both days. This project will create wildlife habitat, and provide a natural scenic area for the public by planting native trees and wetland vegetation in retention ponds as part of the St. Tammany Parish’s coastal forest reforestation efforts. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 500 cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers need to be prepared to get muddy. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. Please register online at www.crcl.orgor call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information. 

 

WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

Fall Science Seminar: Marsh Dweller
Tuesday, October 30, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) invite you to attend their Fall Science Seminar. See attached flyer for more information.

HURRIPLAN: Hurricane Resilient Community Planning and Building Design
OCTOBER 25-26, 2012, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Mobile, Alabama
OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 1, 2012, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, BILOXI, MS
• Introduction to Hurricane Science
• Design Strategies Against Wind, Water and Debris
• Infrastructure Failure
• Current and Suggested Zoning and Building Codes
• FEMA Guidelines, Best Practices and Lessons Learned
See attached flyers for more information.

EPA Announces the FY 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Request for Applications
EPA is pleased to announce the release of Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program. These voluntary guidelines recommend six steps states can take to build or enhance a school environmental health program. The guidelines also include a model K-12 school environmental health program as a resource that states can customize and share with schools and school districts to help them establish, or enhance an existing, school environmental health program. They can be found at http://www.epa.gov/schools/ehguidelines/index.html. To complement the guidelines release, OCHP will host a webinar in November 7, 2012, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM Eastern: Integrated School Health Tools for Districts

PicturePost Webinar (October 30)
Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education, a project for high school teachers, is holding a webinar that will cover PicturePost, October 30, 2012. PicturePost is a part of the Digital Earth Watch network that supports environmental monitoring by citizens, students, and community organizations through digital photography and satellite imagery. Learn how teachers and students can contribute using digital images in a growing archive aimed at measuring environmental change. While on the website, check out archived webinars from the Lifelines series. https://sites.google.com/a/globalsystemsscience.org/courses-lifelines/presentations-mtgs

Ocean Lecture and Educators’ Night – New Jersey and Online
Rutgers University's Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences in New Brunswick, New Jersey will host an event every other month for teachers interested in teaching about ocean literacy and bringing current research into their classrooms. Each meeting will include a Rutgers University scientist presenting on their research along with a question-and-answer period. The final hour will be spent reviewing curriculum developed to align with both the research presented that evening and New Jersey Science Standards. Background materials, lesson plans, and the presentation will all be posted online. The event will be broadcast over the Internet for those unable to attend in person. Please register for each session. http://coseenow.net/mare/opportunities-resources/ocean-lecture-educators-night/

OneNOAA Science Seminars: November 2012
Tentative title: NOAA Data Management Activities
November 01, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Jeff de La Beaujardiere, PhD(NOAA Data Management Architect, NESDIS/OSD/TPIO)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANational Oceanographic Data Center

Going Beyond Jargon and Elevator Speeches: Strategies for Communicating Science to the Public
November 01, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions
Speaker(s): Dana Vukajlovich (Pacific Science Center)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

FishSET: A Spatial Economics Toolbox to Better Incorporate Fisher Behavior into Fisheries Management
November 07, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Alan Haynie(NOAA economist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANODCand NOAA Fisheries Office of Science & Technology

Planning for Restoration Using the Habitat Priority Planner and Spatial AnalysisWebinar
November 07, 2012, 15:00-16:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
Speaker(s): Lauren Long(Coastal Conservation Specialist, I.M. Systems Group at NOAA Coastal Services Center)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAACoastal Services Center, Digital Coast Webinar Series

Phytoplankton Communities in a Changing World: New Techniques to Quantify Functional Diversity from Metagenomes
November 08, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): Robin Kodner (Western Washington University)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

CMIP5 Projections
November 13, 2012, 13:00 - 14:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-312th Floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged.
Rym Msadek, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory; Paul Dirmeyer, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies; Speaker(s): Kristopher Karnauskas, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAAOAR CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program monthly seminar series

North-American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS): How Well Can We Monitor U.S. Drought?
November 13, 2012, 12:00 - 13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction Conference Center (5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD 20740)
Speaker(s): Youlong Xia(NCEP/NWS/EMC)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANCEP/EMC

State of the Climate through October 2012Webinar
November 15, 2012, 11:00 - 12:00 Eastern Time Zone (times may vary) [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
Speaker(s): NOAA climate and weather experts
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANCDC Monthly Climate Updates

Toxic Harmful Algal Blooms in a Warmer, More Acidic Future Ocean
November 15, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): David Hutchins (University of Southern California)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

Mussel Attachment on Wave-Swept Shores: an Ecomaterials Perspective
November 29, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): Emily Carrington (University of Washington)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

OneNOAA Science Seminars: December 2012
Tracking HAB Toxins: Advances in Underwater Robotic Sensors
December 05, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAASSMC-4Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Gregory Doucette(NCCOS/Center for Coastal Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Building with Proteins: Nanotechnology the Way Nature Intended It
December 06, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): Dr. François Baneyx (Chemical Engineering, University of Washington)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

Model Development and Analysis
December 11, 2012, 13:00 - 14:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-312th Floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged.
Speaker(s): Tom Hamill, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory; Shaoqing Zhang, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory; Joao Teixeira, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Ning Zeng, University of Maryland
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAAOAR CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program monthly seminar series

Tentative title: The Global Ocean Observing System
December 12, 2012, 12:00 - 13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. David Legler(Chief Climate Observation Division, NOAA Climate Program Office)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor:NOAANational Oceanographic Data Center

 

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/


Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov