WEEKLY eNEWS: Grants, Events, Programs, Conferences, Workshops/Webinars, Resources, Lagniappe, Job Opportunities

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

GRANTS

Connecting Youth to the Great Outdoors (Deadline: September 19)
The National Environmental Education Foundation, in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Forest Service and The Bureau of Land Management are launching the America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors 2012 Grants. Schools that partner with the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management are eligible to apply. Projects should provide students with meaningful conservation education outcomes and enhance STEM learning. For more information: Connecting Youth to the Great Outdoors

Green Schools! Action Project Grants (Deadline: September 30)
GreenWorks! is a service-learning, community action grant program for educators, students and communities to undertake environmental neighborhood improvement projects. Eligible schools must have established Green Teams and have completed one or more of the Project Learning Tree GreenSchools! Investigations. Learn more

 

EVENTS

Bays and Bayous Deadline for Abstracts Extended
The deadline for submitting abstracts for the Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium has been extended. The new deadline is Friday Sept. 14. Details about the call for abstracts can be found at http://masgc.org/page.asp?id=776.

Scales & Ales at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is Friday night!
September 14, 2012 · 8:00 pm-11:00 pm
General Admittance Tickets are $55. Tickets are limited. No tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event.
Joining us at Scales & Ales? Get the App!All the information you need right in your pocket! The Scales & Ales Event App includes the entertainment schedule, maps, restaurants, bars and more! For more information, visit: Scales & Ales or  follow this linkon your smart phone and you're good to go. 

Ozone Day – September 16th
The United Nations’ International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, or “Ozone Day,” is observed annually on the anniversary of the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This event is designed to highlight the problems facing the ozone layer, its relationship with climate change, and what individuals and industries can do to protect the ozone layer from further damage. The 2012 theme is "Protecting our Atmosphere for Generations to Come." Learn more

Re-Light the Light Run/Walk & Re-Light the New Canal Lighthouse Celebration (NEW DATE: September 26)
Please join us for the 1st Annual Re-Light the Light Run/Walk and Relighting of the New Canal Lighthouse Celebrationto be held on Wednesday, September 26 on Lakeshore Drive near the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center. For more information and a schedule of events see our website. Sponsorship opportunities are available. See our websiteor call (504)836-2205 for more information.

 

PROGRAMS

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

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  

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 forward-thinking youth with outstanding ideas about the environment and how to sustain it. All applicants receive a signed certificate by the President honoring them for their efforts. Learn more  

 

CONFERENCES

Ninth Annual Keep Louisiana Beautiful State Conference (October 24-26)
Keep Louisiana Beautiful hosts its ninth annual state conference October 24-26 at the Sliman Theatre in New Iberia. The event offers a variety of topics related to green living and its impact on community development, litter law enforcement trends, community building, and sustainability of community anti-litter programs. This year’s presenters include keynote speaker Lt. General Russel Honore, Louisiana native who led Task Force Katrina. General Honore will speak on leadership and volunteerism. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham will address law enforcement’s engagement with litter prevention. Other sessions cover youth programs, waterway cleanups by young people and other volunteers, and innovative and successful statewide projects and programs. The conference concludes with the Keep Louisiana Beautiful awards luncheon recognizing exemplary programs, organizations and individuals promoting and strengthening cleaner communities. Visit www.KeepLouisianaBeautiful.orgto register.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference
MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW! GOMA's Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative will host the first annual Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in January 2013 in New Orleans, LA.  Registration and abstract information below:
Attendee registration
Early Bird (through Aug 30, 2012): $200 (EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 17, 2012)
Full (after Aug 30, 2012): $300
Student registration
Early Bird (through Aug 30, 2012): $100 (EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 17, 2012)
Full (after Aug 30, 2012): $150
Abstract submission deadline: September 1, 2012 (EXTENDED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 17, 2012)
Click hereto begin your online registration (and to submit an abstract) or call 228-523-4015 for more information.

Keep America Beautiful's Call for Presentations for 2013 National Conference & Webinar Series
Keep America Beautiful is soliciting speakers for the 2013 National Conference and Webinar series. The National Conference will be held January 29-31, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. As part of their 60thanniversary celebration, approximately 400 attendees will participate in general and concurrent sessions over 2 1/2 days. Attendees include government, business, civic and community leaders working toward the KAB mission to “engage individuals to take greater responsibility in improving their community environments.” KAB offers on-going webinars throughout the year to train, share trends and research and promote dialogue with affiliates as well as over 1,200 partnering organizations. An invitation is extended to interested parties to submit an application to present a concurrent session at the conference or webinar later in the year in your area of expertise. Please see attached and submit to April Wennerstrom, awennerstrom@kab.org, by October 1, 2012.

2013 Water Education Conference RFP (August 7-9, 2013)
The Project WET Foundation and Metropolitan State University of Denver are proud to be hosting the 2013 Water Education: Developing 21st Century Solutions Conference August 7-9, 2013 at the SpringHill Suites on the campus of Metropolitan State University of Denver. The Project WET USA conference team requests proposals for presentations from educators, policymakers, businesses, municipalities, program designers, implementers and practitioners, proposals that focus on school districts in partnership with local organizations to provide a community-based approach to water education and all others interested in water education. The goal of the conference is to increase the knowledge and capacity of conference participants to effectively reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. In the interest of innovation, engaging and interactive presentations are encouraged. Presentations must address one of the following strands:
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and STEAM (STEM & The Arts) in Water Education
- Water Education in the Classroom
- Water Education Beyond the Classroom
- ActionEducation™: Applying Water Education Skills
- Other Water Topics
Strand descriptions and a presentation request form can be found at this link.

 

WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

OneNOAA Science Seminars

Building Capacity to Measure, Analyze, and Evaluate Government Performance

 

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Date and Time:

September 19, 2012 at 12:00-13:00 EST

Location:

NOAA Central Library, 2nd Floor, SSMC-3(1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Speaker(s):

Kathy Newcomer (George Washington University)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAACoastal Services Center

Environment Monitoring with Remote Sensing: Getting the Big Picture for Less

 

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Date and Time:

September 19, 2012, 12:00 - 13:00 EST

Location:

NOAA, SSMC-4, Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Speaker(s):

Dr. Varis Ransi(NCCOS Center for Coastal Monitoring And Assessment, Coastal Ocean Assessments, Status, and Trends (COAST) Branch)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANOS and NCCOS

Past Interglacial Sea Levels: Lessons For The Future

 

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Date and Time:

September 20, 2012, 16:00 - 17:00 EST

Location:

Webinar Access Only

Speaker(s):

Daniel Muhs(Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANOS Office of National Marine Sanctuaries West Coast Region

Structure of the Eye and Eyewall of Hurricane Hugo (1989): How We Improved HWRF

 

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Date and Time:

September 20, 2012, 15:00-16:00 EST

Location:

Webinar access only

Speaker(s):

Frank Marks, Jr.(Director, Hurricane Research Division) and Robert Atlas(Director, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAAOARCommunications Office

Good Trap, Bad Trap: Derelict Fish Traps around St. Thomas and St. John USVI

 

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Date and Time:

September 25, 2012, 12:00 - 13:00 EST

Location:

NOAA, SSMC-4, Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Speaker(s):

Randy Clark(Marine Biologist, NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Branch)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch

Collaborating with Friends: Creating Intranet Sites with Google Sites

 

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Date and Time:

September 25, 2012, 12:30 - 13:30 EST

Location:

NOAA, SSMC-4, Room 1W611, first floor conference room (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Speaker(s):

Lawrence I. Charters(National Ocean Service)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and and the NOAA Web Committee

Understanding The Short- and Long-Term Variations in Stratospheric Water Vapor

 

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Date and Time:

September 26, 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):

Andrew Dessler (Texas A&M)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAAESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar

Introduction to Great Lakes Climate Education Resources

 

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Date and Time:

October 19, 2012, 10:00-12:00 EST

Location:

NOAAOhio Sea Grant (webinar, remote access only)

Speaker(s):

Lyndsey Manzo(Ohio Sea Grant Educator)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAAOhio Sea Grant

NOAA Data Management Activities

 

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Date and Time:

November 01, 2012, 12:00-13:00 EST

Location:

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)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANational Oceanographic Data Center

Tracking HAB Toxins: Advances in Underwater Robotic Sensors

 

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Date and Time:

December 05, 2012, 11:00-12:00 EST

Location:

NOAASSMC-4Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

Speaker(s):

Dr. Gregory Doucette) (NCCOS/Center for Coastal Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research)

Seminar Sponsor:

NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Youth Can Be Environmental Educators, Too Webinar
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 4:00 pm, EDT (New York, GMT-04:00)
What does youth voice and youth leadership in environmental education really mean? 16-year-old Charles Orgbon, founder and CEO of Greening Forward, shares insight into how environmental educators can help build a pipeline for young people to become environmental problem solvers and educators in their community. This is mindset shift is one that environmental education professionals have to understand in order to have a better perspective of how we reach out to this population that now makes up 75 million Americans. Questions also concerning how to get young people interested in environmental issues and prepare them for 21 century environmental careers will be addressed. This webinar is presented by Charles Orgbon, CEO of Greening Forward. To register: https://naaee.webex.com/naaee/onstage/g.php?d=661046960&t=a&EA=pepe%40eeexchange.org&ET=14113dfedef15295ba40e4bd585bf00c&ETR=46cc7dab6ad9ad0d6248243f821573e9&RT=MiMxMQ==&p

The School Flag Program --- Protecting Students’ Health Through Air Quality Awareness
Wednesday September 19, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Register for this free webinar: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/356754848
Ellen Wildermann with the U.S. EPA will describe how the School Flag Program can help schools improve the health and wellness of students and staff. EPA’s School Flag Program helps the school community be aware of outdoor air quality conditions so teachers, coaches, and students can take protective measures to reduce exposure to air pollution. States, districts and schools may attend this webinar to discover how the flag program raises awareness of the air we breathe, understand how air pollution can affect the health of children, especially those with asthma, and find out recommendations for modifying outdoor activities when air quality has reached unhealthy levels. Learn the simple steps to get the School Flag Program started at your school to ensure healthy learning environments. This webinar is one in a series of webinars developed for the U.S. Department of Educations’ Green Strides Webinar Series.  

Teaching Outdoors with Aldo Leopold: The Leopold Education Project
September 21, 2012, 10:00am–4:00pm
This FREE workshop at the Nueces Delta Preserve includes curriculum materials designed for use by teachers, interpreters, naturalists, park rangers, zoo educators, youth group leaders, as well as private citizens. Each lesson, based on Leopold’s writings, provides students with direct experiences to the natural world outside the school classroom by making greater use of the outdoors as a learning laboratory. Lessons are presented in an easy to use format. Leopold's writings are both sound science and excellent literature, making them an outstanding tool for meaningful environmental education. This curriculum encourages flexibility, creativity, and experimentation in using the lessons in a variety of subject matter areas. It uses hands-on critical thinking activities to not only teach students about nature and conservation but to instill what Leopold called a “land ethic”, an appreciation of and respect for the land. Receive FREE materials, too! To register: www.nuecesdeltapreserve.org

Back to School? Time to Get Students Back Outside!
National Wildlife Federation is offering two free webinars this fall that will help you take learning outside.
Create a Garden for Learning: Schoolyard Habitats 101—This webinar will examine how you and your students can work together to plan and create your learning garden and how to utilize and maintain the garden throughout the year. Two sessions of this webinar will be offered:
     Tuesday, September 25thfrom 4:00-5:00 p.m. EASTERN time. Sign up now!
     Tuesday, September 25thfrom 4:00-5:00 p.m. PACIFIC time. Sign up now!
Enhancing Schoolyard Habitats for Teaching—Discover how to effectively use your Schoolyard Habitat to teach STEM, English or any other subject. Featured speaker is Dr. Herbert Broda, Professor of Education at Ashland University and author of the books Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning and Moving the Classroom Outdoors. The first 30 people to register who actually participate in the webinar will receive a free copy of Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning. For more information: Enhancing Schoolyard Habitats for Teaching
     Wednesday, October 24thfrom 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern time. Sign up now!

EBM Tool Demonstration: Spanish-language webinar on CanVis, October 10, 2 pm US EDT/11 am US PDT/6 pm GMT
The EBM Tools Network, NOAA Coastal Services Center, and NatureServe will be co-hosting a Spanish-language webinar on October 10 at 2 pm US EDT. The webinar will be a live demonstration of CanVis, a tool for visualizing potential impacts from coastal development and sea level rise. Learn more. To Register.

 

RESOURCES

Earth Gauge Courses
In partnership with theCOMET Program, Earth Gauge provides a series of free, online courses and training materials that address the connections between weather and environment. Three new 15-minute "mini-courses" on climate change topics are now available as a complement.Learn more

Have You ‘Liked’ CWPPRA on Facebook Yet?
In January of this year, the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) unveiled its very own Facebook Page. Stay up to date with current events, communication with others about coastal restoration and protection, find out about partners’ events and activities, and get live updates from conferences, workshops, and other outreach activities. Submit photos in the monthly photo contest and check out photos from project sites, outreach activities, and things related to the CWPPRA mission. Like Us Today!

 

LAGNIAPPE

Fall is a Great Time to Plant Trees
Looking for an event to get your students or youth group outside while helping the local environment? Plant some native trees! Apply now to receive FREE trees either for this fall or for spring 2013. Fall applications are due by September 15, 2012. A minimum of 50 and maximum of 500 trees can be requested per location. Download your application today!Learn more about NWF's Trees for Wildlife Programand view sample activities.

{Blog} Curious Visitor Takes Giant Step for Man on Mars
http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2012/08/curious-visitor-takes-giant-step-for-man-on-mars/

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Emergency Management Faculty position
The Department of Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University (JSU) is seeking eligible candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position (emphasis on disaster recovery and/or preparedness) starting from January, 2013. The Emergency Management program at JSU is one of the largest academic programs related to disaster management with well over 500 active students enrolled in Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees in emergency management. Interested candidates should apply directly to the JSU job site: https://jobs.jsu.edu/postings/3808Inquiries related to this position can be directed to the EM Department Head, Dr. Jeff Ryan (jryan@jsu.edu). 

Gulf Marine Debris Position Announcement
NOAA's Marine Debris Program is advertising for a contract position for a Gulf of Mexico Marine Debris Regional Coordinator. The announcement is attached. This position will be located at the Disaster Response Center in Mobile, AL. For more information: Nancy Wallace, Marine Debris Division Chief, NOAA Office of Response and Restoration, N/ORR, SSMC4, Rm. 10201, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Ph: (301) 713-2989 x125, Cell: (240) 687-4946, nancy.wallace@noaa.gov, http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/

Coastal Training Program Coordinator
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) is recruiting for the attached DMR-NERR Resource Specialist IV (Coastal Training Program Coordinator) position. See attached document for job description and application information.

 

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