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- Environmental Education Advisory Board Meeting Minutes - 2007 - January
Environmental Education Advisory Board (EEAB) Meeting Minutes
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
January 4, 2007
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lee Ann Landstrom, Chair (District 5), Michelle Kelly, (District 2), Pete Cleary (Citizen At-Large), Brinkley Prescott, (District 4), Susan Hankner, (District 8), David Weinand, (Dept. of Agriculture), Jon Fure (BWSR), Patty Selly, (Citizen At-Large), Nate Meyer, (U of M Extension Service), Clark Erickson (Dept. of Education), Mary Johnson, (District 6), Karen Balmer, (Board of Teaching).
Jeff Ledermann (MPCA), Mark LaBarbera, (DNR), Mike Sullivan (EQB), Kathy Carlson, (Dept. of Health), Rebecca Rennicke, (District 7), Tracy Fredin (Citizen At-Large) Cathy Moeger, (MPCA), Christine Petersen, (District 3), Jeff Ledermann (MPCA),
Su Beran, Staff Liaison, (MPCA), Denise Stromme, (MPCA), Colleen Schoenecker (MPCA).
Lee Ann Landstrom, Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.
Additions to the agenda: New business: MN We Initiative - Clark Erickson
The minutes and agenda were approved.
DNR Education Update - Dawn Flinn and April Rust
Handouts were distributed to members regarding the Natural Resources Education offerings.
Dawn Flinn addressed questions the Board had in regards to their program. The board participated in a breakout session that contained eight stations: publications; safety CDs; Master Naturalist Volunteer; national Projects curricula; website; Volunteer magazine teacher guides; archery in the schools; kits. Each station provided different essentials to the Natural Resources Education offerings.
2007 EE Leadership Summit Overview - Denise Stromme
Denise provided handouts of definitions of leadership.
The Board brainstormed on "What makes an EE leader?" The Board came up with the following:
* Empowers others
* Strong communicator
* Veterans / Creditability
* Visionary & Moving trends
* Develops trust
* Not easily discouraged
* Cultivates other leaders
* Willing to listen, be upfront
* Flexible/can change
As requested by Denise, the Board gave possible suggestions of EE leaders that will be invited to participate at the Leadership Summit on April 26.
Minnesota Association for Environmental Education Overview - Brinkley Prescott
Brinkley handed out the MAEE's Strategic Plan. She announced the new and returning members to the MAEE Board. In addition, Brinkley shared information on how to become a member of the MAEE. Information was also provided on MAEE's 2007 Conference "Back to the Basics". It scheduled for April 27-28, 2007; registration begins early in December 2006.
Committee Break-Out Time
ELM - No update on the unused salary idea. We want to receive the final LCCMR proposal. Members will look at it and note the best verbiage. Next time, we will compile this and create a detailed 'white paper' on the granting idea.
Assessment - Cathy Moeger reviewed the RFP and gave it a go ahead. The next step is to decide who will do it. They propose collecting anecdotal stories, and doing focus groups and interviews (but no survey). They are developing the questions.
Clark Erickson and Michelle Kelly discussed their current idea for EE in Minnesota schools: Minnesota We Initiative. They are looking at ways for EE to have a stronger presence in all schools, via the combined efforts of the MDNR and DOE initiatives. It would emphasize learning, student data collection, and student decisions on building features, health, energy, and waste.
Lee Ann shared a Star Tribune Dec. 14 op-ed letter, congratulating the Metro area on the many and quality nature centers that exist.
Mary Johnson introduced a conference for independent (i.e. private) schools with the theme: Green & Independent Sustainability. She will be attending.
Jon Fure is organizing the state Envirothon Science Fair on May 16 in Southwest Minnesota. He mentioned to the Board that he is looking for volunteer judges.
Next EEAB meeting 2/1/07
Chairperson adjourned the meeting at 3:45 p.m.
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- Posted: 3/16/07
- Revised: 3/23/07
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