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LEEC eNews: 2019 Regional Short Courses, Art and Language Arts Contest, and More!

Art & Language Arts Contest

The 2019 LEEC Student Environmental Awareness Art and Language Arts Contest will feature the theme "Taking Environmental Action: What's Great About Your Part of the State?" We encourage students to investigate environmental efforts specific to their hometown, parish or region of the state.

Students: Does your community have a unique recycling center, dedicated volunteer organization, green business or outdoor facility that makes it unique in the environmental landscape? Take inspiration from people doing good things for the environment and create a piece of visual or language art that explains what is great about your part of the state.

The deadline for the contest is Friday, April 19, 2019.

Visit the Art and Language Arts Contest Page for more information. Download the entry form here.


Registration Open for 2019 Regional Short Courses

In 2019, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is bringing continuing education to you! Throughout the upcoming year, we’ll be focusing on environmental efforts going on in each part of the state, so in lieu of a single-location conference, we are staging workshops and/or tours in each of the major regions around Louisiana. The regional short courses will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

The theme of this year's program is "Taking Environmental Action: What's Great About Your Part of the State?" Workshops will be held in each major region of the state (Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, the North Shore and Shreveport). Educators are welcome to attend any short course regardless of their home regions.

A fee of $20 is required to complete the registration process. Upon submission of your registration form  you will be prompted to pay via Paypal. Contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov to arrange an alternative method of payment. Lunch is provided. Classroom teachers are eligible for a $30 stipend.

Be sure to register early. Space is limited! View the course descriptions and registration form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2019-leec-regional-short-courses.


Upcoming Events from the Green Project, New Orleans

  • Maker Space Open
    The Green Project’s brand new MakerSpace merges the salvage materials found in our store with the tools and resources needed to MAKE! Located on the Second Floor of our storefront at 2831 Marais St., the MakerSpace includes a Tool Lending Library, Community Workshop, and Educational Classroom. Open Saturday, December 8 and Saturday, December 22 from 1-4 p.m.
  • Broad St. Paint Collection
    The Green Project is hosting a Community Paint Collection Day at Whole Foods on Broad St. Saturday, December 8th from 12-2 p.m.
  • Recycled Rope Making Workshop
    Learn how to turn plastic bags into strong and interesting rope. Saturday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. to  12:00 p.m. at the Green Project , 2831 Marais St., New Orleans.
Visit the Green Project website for more information.
 

BUY A PLATE TO EDUCATE

Support the LEEC by purchasing an Environmental Education specialty plate at

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Two Louisiana Men Cited for Hunting Violations in Assumption Parish

Release Date: 12/05/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 2 in Assumption Parish.

Agents cited Talbot Daniels, 18, of Baton Rouge, and Alex Mabile, 27 of Albany, for hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours.  Agents also cited Talbot for hunting without a resident and big game licenses, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, possession of an illegally taken deer, failing to comply with hunter education requirements and possession of an untagged deer.

Agents on patrol in the area observed the men using a light while actively hunting in a field near Labadieville around 2 a.m.  Agents made contact with the men and found them in possession of two rifles, a six-point deer and a rabbit.

Agents seized one antlered deer, one rabbit and the two rifles.

Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours and possession of an untagged deer carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a basic season license, big game license and failure to comply with hunter education requirements each bring up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

Daniels may also face civil restitution totaling up to $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

2019-2020 LEEC UNIVERSITY RESEARCH GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)

 
Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST
 
Grants that are funded are based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and support efforts to increase public awareness and knowledge of the subject area.
 
Maximum award: $1,200

 
GUIDELINES:

  • Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Master’s Degree, Ph.D., or conducting post Ph.D. research with a focus on environmental issues are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the applicant’s college or university and the institution receives the award payment.
  • Funding requests are not to exceed $1,200.00.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis only, pending submittal and acceptance of required reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, and photos.
  • All monies must be spent to support research. (The LEEC/LDWF will not provide indirect costs to universities or tuition fees.) Funds may be used to purchase materials and/or equipment necessary to conduct research, fulfill poster requirement, and/or provide travel and lodging to and from field sites during data collection. Travel reimbursement requests must comply with the State of Louisiana Travel Guide https://www.doa.la.gov/osp/Travel/travelpolicy/pocketguide.pdf.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the LEEC Coordinator.
  • Research proposals that are funded must be based on sound scientific principles and have an environmental focus. Research involving environmental issues affecting Louisiana is preferred.
  • All research conducted must follow the college/university IRB guidelines to ensure compliance.
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s major professor must be included in the proposal.
  • Recipients, by law, will receive Tax form 1099 declaring receipt of these funds, unless the application is made through an agency, university, or foundation.
  • LEEC members may not apply. An individual may not submit more than one application.
  • The LEEC/LDWF reserves the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF website, printed materials, and other means.  
  • Awardees are required to submit an educational poster highlighting their project for display at the 2020 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or e-mail.
  • Project start date is June 1, 2019. Purchases made prior to June 1, 2019 will not be refunded.
  • If funded, students will be required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. Scope of work as described in the proposal must be completed and the final report submitted by May 1, 2020.
  • Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Timely reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, and project photos are required for reimbursement of expenses.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in lack of reimbursement and/or disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

 
RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION

 
 
Questions?
Contact Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 735-8680.
 

2019-2020 LEEC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT GUIDELINES

2019-2020 LEEC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)
                                                                                                             
Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST
 
Grants that are funded must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana.
 
Maximum award: $2,500.00

GUIDELINES:

  • Any local education, state, or environmental agency, college, university, or nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is eligible to apply. This Professional Development grant is made available to all educators who impact teacher education.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the affiliate organization. In the event that the Project Leader leaves the organization, the organization must notify the LEEC grants coordinator and then satisfactorily demonstrate to the LEEC grants committee the ability to continue the project or the grant will cease. 
  • Funding requests are not to exceed $2,500.00.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis only, pending submittal and acceptance of required reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, photos, and support documentation.
  • All monies must be spent on materials of instruction directly related to the purpose of the project, facility rental, registrations, and/or stipends to participants not to exceed $15 per contact hour. Travel, furniture, indirect costs, food, and salaries will not be funded. Development or writing of instructional materials will not be funded.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the LEEC Coordinator.
  • Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana. Funded projects are those that involve a series of learning experiences facilitated by an educator and that demonstrate an increase of understanding in participants.
  • Examples of fundable proposals include:
  • Providing environmental learning experiences that are standards-based, correlated to the Louisiana Student Standards, and include lesson plans or other resources that help ensure implementation of strategies.
  • Presenting workshops to other non-formal educators or pre/in-service teachers that illustrate how existing environmental education curricula can be presented in standards-based, environmental science as inquiry formats.
  • Significant in-kind services, cost-share OR matching funds (minimum of 50% match of requested funds) must be shown. For example, in delivering a two-day facilitators training workshop, the participants may pay a registration fee to cover meals, the project personnel may use their time spent preparing, presenting and traveling as a match, and if the facilities, meals or materials are donated, these too may be considered a match. A letter(s) of support from the source(s) must accompany this proposal pledging the in-kind or matching funds.
  • It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to organization guidelines and regulations.
  • Recipients, by law, will receive Tax form 1099 declaring receipt of these funds, unless the application is made through an agency, university, or foundation.
  • An individual/organization may not submit more than one Professional Development Grant application.
  • LEEC Members and/or member organizations as defined in R.S. 30:2503 may not apply.
  • LEEC/LDWF reserves the right to use funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF website, printed materials, and other means.  
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2021 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium to showcase their project and network with colleagues and state resource providers. Registration fees and lodging assistance may be provided to those whose presenter proposals are accepted.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or e-mail.
  • Project start date is June 1, 2019. Purchases made prior to June 1st will not be refunded.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. All projects must be completed and the final report submitted by May 1, 2020.
  • Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Timely reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, project photos and support documentation are required for reimbursement of expenses. Support documentation includes agenda, sign-in sheet, and any handouts provided.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in lack of reimbursement and/or disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

IMPORTANT!!! Applications are anonymous and competitive. Identifying information, such as the name(s) of the applicant(s), school, county/parish, or state, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATION

 

Questions? Contact Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 735-8680.
 

2019-2020 LEEC EDUCATOR GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)

Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)

 

Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST

Grants that are funded are based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and impact Louisiana teachers and students.

Maximum award: $1000 for 1 teacher or $2000 for a team

GUIDELINES:

  • School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers in accredited public or non-public schools (K-12) in Louisiana are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the applicant’s school/school system and the school/school system receives the award payment. In the event that the Project Leader leaves the school, the school must notify the LEEC grants coordinator and then satisfactorily demonstrate to the LEEC grants committee the ability to continue the project or the grant will cease.   
  • Funding requests are not to exceed $1,000.00. Two or more teachers from the same school may apply jointly for a total amount not to exceed $2,000.00.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis only, pending submittal and acceptance of required reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, photos, and support documentation.
  • All monies must be spent on materials and/or equipment directly related to the purpose of the project. Travel, furniture, acquisition of real property, lobbying, indirect costs, registration fees, clothing, and/or food items will not be funded.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the LEEC Coordinator.
  • Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact student learning. Funded projects are those that involve a series of learning experiences facilitated by a teacher and that demonstrate an increase of understanding in students.
  • It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to school guidelines and related regulations.
  • Recipients, by law, will receive Tax form 1099 declaring receipt of these funds, unless the application is made through an agency, university, or foundation.
  • An individual may not submit more than one application.
  • LEEC members and/or member organizations as defined in R.S. 30:2503 may not apply.
  • LEEC/LDWF reserves the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF website, printed materials, and other means.
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2021 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium to showcase their project and network with colleagues and state resource providers. Registration fees and lodging assistance may be provided to those whose presenter proposals are accepted.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or e-mail.  
  • Project start date is July 1, 2019 and grants are to be implemented during the 2019-2020 academic school year. Purchases made prior to July 1st will not be refunded.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. All projects must be completed, funds spent and the final report submitted by May 1, 2020.
  • Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Timely reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, project photos and support documentation are required for reimbursement of expenses. Examples of support documentation include examples of student work, videos, lesson plans, etc.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in lack of reimbursement and/or disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

IMPORTANT!!! Applications are anonymous and competitive. Identifying information, such as the name(s) of the applicant(s), school, county/parish, or state, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.

EDUCATOR GRANT APPLICATION

Questions? Contact Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 735-8680.

 

2019-2020 LEEC/LDOE GREEN SCHOOLS GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)
Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST
The LEEC, in collaboration with the LDOE, is offering this grant to encourage Green Ribbon Schools initiatives in accredited Louisiana schools. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html.
 
Open to accredited Pre-K-12 schools in Louisiana
Maximum award: $5000

GUIDELINES:

  • School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers in accredited public or non-public schools (Pre-K-12) in Louisiana are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the applicant’s school/school system and the school/school system receives the award payment. In the event that the Project Leader leaves the school, the school must notify the LEEC grants coordinator and then satisfactorily demonstrate to the LEEC grants committee the ability to continue the project or the grant will cease.  
  • Funding requests are not to exceed $5,000.00.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis only, pending submittal and acceptance of required reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, photos, and support documentation.
  • All monies must be spent on materials and/or equipment directly related to the purpose of the project. Travel, furniture, acquisition of real property, lobbying, indirect costs, registration fees, and/or food items will not be funded.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the Green Schools Coordinator.
  • Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have a school sustainability focus, and be designed to directly impact student learning.  Funded projects are those that involve a series of learning experiences facilitated by a teacher and that demonstrate an increase of understanding in students.
  • Proposals must satisfy EPA’s definition of Environmental Education (EE): EE increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provides the skills necessary to make informed environmental decisions and to take responsible actions. EE is based on objective and scientifically-sound information, and does not advocate a particular viewpoint or a course of action. EE teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and enhances their own problem solving and decision making skills on environmental topics.
  • It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to school guidelines and related regulations.
  • Recipients, by law, will receive Tax form 1099 declaring receipt of these funds, unless the application is made through an agency, university or foundation.
  • A school may not submit more than one LEEC Green Schools application.
  • LEEC Members and/or member organizations as defined in R.S. 30:2503 may not apply.
  • The LEEC/LDWF/LDOE reserves the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF/LDOE websites, printed materials, and other means.
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2021 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium to showcase their project and network with colleagues and state resource providers. Registration fees and lodging assistance may be provided to those whose presenter proposals are accepted.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or e-mail.
  • Project start date is July 1, 2019 and grants are to be implemented during the 2019-2020 academic school year. Purchases made prior to July 1st will not be refunded.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. All projects must be completed and the final report submitted by May 1, 2020.
  • Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Timely reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, project photos and support documentation are required for reimbursement of expenses. Examples of support documentation include examples of student work, videos, lesson plans, etc.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in lack of reimbursement and/or disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

IMPORTANT!!! Applications are anonymous and competitive. Identifying information, such as the name(s) of the applicant(s), school, or parish, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.
 
GREEN SCHOOLS GRANT APPLICATION

Questions? Contact Brian Gautreau, Green Schools Coordinator, at (225) 765-2864 or bgautreau@wlf.la.gov.
 

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