WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Education Opportunities, Grants, Contests/Awards, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana


EVENTS

National Green Week (February 6-10, 2012)
National Green Week (NGW) empowers students to be leaders of their own sustainability campaigns. NGW kicks off February 6-10, 2012, and educators can choose any week between February 6 and Earth Day (April 22) to participate. Learn more

National Environmental Education Week (April 15-21, 2012)
The 2012 National Environmental Education Week’s theme will be Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning
The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM as it provides teachers with a diverse range of real-world challenges that engage students in hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM concepts across multiple subject areas.  To support this year's theme, EE Week will offer all registered participants:
     • Free EE Week planning toolkits with information and grade-appropriate activities that incorporate STEM learning into popular environmental topic areas, such as school gardens, energy conservation and weather.
     • A free educator webinar on using the environment as a context for teaching STEM, with school-based project ideas and opportunities for Q&A with experts.
     • Discounts, giveaways and special offers from EE Week partners.
Learn more about EE Week and register your school or organization to be a 2012 NEEW partner today.


EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

UWSP Spring 2012 Courses in Environmental Education
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will be offering four online courses in environmental education and natural resources from January 26 through May 4. Scholarships are offered for several of the courses. Learn more


GRANTS

Captain Planet Foundation Grants (Deadline: January 15)
The Captain Planet Foundation funds projects that engage students in active, hands-on activities that improve the environment in their schools and communities. Learn more  

2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants (Deadline: February 1)
Planet Connect, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency, invites high school students to develop an idea for a project that addresses a local wildlife or natural resources issue in their community. Students chosen as winners will win $500 to implement their project as well as a $500 stipend toward an 80-hour wildlife conservation or natural resource internship in their community. Learn more


CONTESTS / AWARDS

2011 President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) (Deadline: December 31)
The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. One outstanding project from our region (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX) will be selected for recognition. Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship. For more information and application, visit: www.epa.gov/peya Applications can be emailed to Bonnie King 6XA at king.bonita@epa.gov or mailed to: USEPA, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202-2733 Attention:  Bonnie King 6XA. Application and postmark deadline is December 31, 2011.

Climate Stewards Education Project - Class of 2012 (Deadline: January 13)
NOAA manages an exciting national education initiative for formal and informal educators - the Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP). The goals of this project are to provide educators with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship activities. They are seeking 40 new educators to join the CSEP community in 2012. Please see the attached Project Invitation Letter and Application Agreement for more information. Application Agreements should be completed and emailed to: Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov  by January 13, 2012. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants accepted into the program will be notified in early February.

Eco-Hero Awards (Deadline: January 15)
Action For Nature (AFN), a non-profit organization, honors the creative environmental projects of young people between the ages of 8 and 16. Winners receive cash prizes and a special certificate, as well as public recognition on the Action for Nature website. Learn more 

Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education; Request for Nominations of Candidates for the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (Deadline: January 15)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education Staff Office is soliciting applications for environmental education professionals for consideration on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). There are eleven vacancies on the Advisory Council that must be filled. Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2012. Learn more

The Volvo Adventure Competition (Deadline: January 31)
The Volvo Adventure is an education program that awards teams of 2-5 students aged 13-16 for an environmental project in their community. Finalists win an all expenses paid trip to Sweden where they compete for cash prizes. Learn more  


RESOURCES

CRCL Announces New Mississippi River Delta Website
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Environmental Defense Fund, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, National Audubon Society, and National Wildlife Federation announce the recent launch of www.MississippiRiverDelta.org, a new site focused on restoring the Mississippi River Delta. This site houses scientific information, public policy analysis, cultural and historical summaries, and Delta Dispatches, a news blog about restoration efforts in the delta.

NSF Offers Online Climate Change Resources
Earth science teachers and students often examine the connections between two related topics: energy and climate. For those wishing to take a closer look at climate change, the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a useful web site. Click here to find an NSF report summarizing the current state of knowledge about climate change. The succinct format is enhanced with slideshows and videos.

Project Noah
Project Noah is an online and mobile location-based application that encourages people to reconnect with nature by documenting local wildlife. The tool harnesses the power and popularity of smart phones to collect important ecological data and help preserve global biodiversity. Learn more

DiscoverWater.org
DiscoverWater.org from Project WET is a free online resource for students and teachers about water and water related topics. Learn more

Tips from EnergyStar.gov to help save on heating and energy over the winter months:
     • Teach kids (Cool Energy Games at this site!) about how becoming energy-efficient can help save our world
     •  Prepare an Energy Strategy for the Future
     • Establish a comprehensive energy management program using ENERGY STAR's Guidelines for Energy Management and read the Energy Design Guidance for New Buildings 
     • Join ENERGY STAR
     • Evaluate your school's energy performance with Portfolio Manager
     • Learn about financing your energy projects 
     • Visit EPA's Indoor Air Quality for Schools Website and download Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality in Schools
     • Receive training through Online Training Sessions
     • Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products to save energy throughout your building


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