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- Environmental Education Advisory Board Meeting Minutes - 2007 - February
EEAB Meeting Minutes
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
February 1, 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 Ag); Patty Selly, (Citizen At-Large); Nate Meyer, (U of M Extension Service); Clark Erickson (Dept. of Ed); Mary Johnson, (District 6); Tracy Fredin (Citizen At-Large); Mike Sullivan (EQB); Jeff Ledermann (MPCA); Cathy Moeger, (MPCA).
Mark LaBarbera (DNR); Kathy Carlson (Dept. of Health); Karen Balmer (Board of Teaching); Jon Fure (BWSR)
Su Beran, Staff Liaison (MPCA); Denise Stromme (MPCA); Colleen Schoenecker (MPCA); Mike Kennedy (MPCA).
Lee Ann Landstrom, Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m.
Additions to the agenda: None
There were no changes to the January Board minutes.
Motion: Clark Erickson motioned to approved the agenda. Dave Weinand seconded. Agenda approved.
Legislative Update - Cathy Moeger
Cathy Moeger gave the EEAB members a legislative update, which included a handout (PCA requests for a loans project) pertaining to Green Fleets, Green Fuels, and Green Energy. All school buses in state to get retrofitted. PCA also requesting funding for SEEK, Lake Pepin, EE capacity building, EEAB, etc.
EcoEducation - Kathy Kinzig
Kathy provided a presentation about EcoEducation started in 1995, which serves teachers and students from the Twin Cities public schools. EcoEducation is supported by grants; the average size is $500. They have four programs: 1) Eco Outreach: in-classroom presentations and residencies; 2) Urban Environmental Education Initiative: progress thru awareness, knowledge, values skills, and participation; 3) City Connections: 5-7th grade, emphasis on ecosystems and a workbook. 4) Urban Stewards: 5-12th grade. Emphasis on hands-on local project, community, service learning.
EEAB members asked several questions. Su asked Kathy to provide an example of a project a school completed through EcoEducation. Lee Ann asked how many schools participated in EcoEducation; Kathy said around 15 schools. EEAB member, Michelle Kelly, participated in one of the Eco Education projects.
GreenPrint Revision Update - Mike Kennedy
Mike provided a handout to the board outlining the GreenPrint3 revision. Mike would like statements from other agencies by February 15, 2007. He expects the final draft of the entire report for EEAB review and comment by May 15, 2007. EEAB is to review and comment between May 15 - June 1, 2007. He will forward it to MPCA administration for approval and comment June 2007. A printing and marketing plan development is scheduled for July 2007. Denise and board members will get more input at the EE Summit. Set-up August-October 2007 for statewide workshops highlighting the GreenPrint revision. Clark and Tracy brought up suggestions: Clark asked about the layout and design eventually offering on-line chapters by MPCA staff. Tracy suggested quantitative counts on how many people download the GreenPrint. MAEE and possible MNA may be asked to write an introduction.
2007 EE Leadership Summit Update - Denise Stromme
The planning committee (Denise, Patty, Michelle, and Jerome) would like to invite the MPCA Commissioner. There is a 100 person capacity room reserved. They are generating the list of 80 names to invite. The committee is also searching for a keynote speaker; however they may not have one if the funds are not available. The committee will also send out a "save the date" postcard followed by a formal invitation. Su will complete a form to pay for EEAB members to attend the MAEE conference. Denise will fill out the form for the EEAB members to attend the Leadership Summit. The EEAB members need to inform Denise now if they will attend the Summit and Conference. Hotel room on April 25 and 26 will be covered by the PCA.
Committee Break-Out Time
I. ELM Group (Lee Ann) - Cathy Moeger said MAEE will apply for a $10,000 grant program that will come out of the FY08 budget. MAEE has been informed. MAEE will serve as the fiscal agent and create the model for the ELM fund.
2. Assessment group - At the Leadership Summit, the group is hoping to gather open-ended comments and anecdotal examples of the GPII usages. They need to figure out the best way to do this.
LCCMR and Governor's Conservation Legacy Council -
Motion: Susan Hankner moved that the EEAB will send a letter to the Governor's Conservation Legacy Council supporting the value of education. Pete Cleary seconded the motion. Motion approved.
Jeff Ledermann said there are comments of preservation but nothing mentioned on stewardship or sustainability. Pete Cleary said the letter should also mention the next generation. The letter should come from Lee Ann, the EEAB chair.
Lee Ann updated for Clark Erickson on the WE3 program. Cathy Moeger/Jeff Ledermann commented on MPCA's part to catalog all their educational materials. PCA plans to identify opportunities of this inter-agency program.
Old Business - None
1. Nate Meyer-The EEAB monthly minutes need to updated on SEEK, once approved.
2. Su Beran talked about the board vacancies (District 1, 3, and 7), which she reported to the Secretary of State's Office. Su asked members if they know of anyone that may be interested in these vacancies. Announcement effective March 6.
Sharing/What's happening in your EE efforts?
* Jeff Ledermann shared a news release that the Western Fairs Association honored the Minnesota State Fair's Eco Experience as the Best New Non-Competitive Exhibit and received the Merrill Award.
* Susan Hankner commented on a Safari Club workshop that sponsors 15 teachers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which focuses on conservation of wildlife and tours of National Parks, oil fields, etc.
* Mary Johnson said that Derek Larson with St. Cloud schools is creating a curriculum on energy use in schools.
* Tracy Fredin shared that CGE/Hamline got a $2.27 million NSF grant to train 1,000 MN teachers on biology, environmental science, earth science, and chemistry.
The MAEE conference proceedings will be available on a jump drive.
Next EEAB meeting 3/1/07
Motion: Susan Hankner motioned to adjourn the meeting and Pete Cleary seconded that motion. Meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.
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Environmental Education Advisory Board
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- Posted: 3/20/07
- Revised: 4/20/07
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