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- Environmental Education Advisory Board Meeting Minutes - 2006 - July
EEAB Meeting Minutes
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
July 6, 2006
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lee Ann Landstrom, Chair (District 5), Michelle Kelly (District 2), Christine Petersen (District 3), Brinkley Prescott (District 4), David Weinand (Dept. of Agriculture), Nate Meyer (U of M Extension Service), Tracy Fredin (Citizen At-Large), Pete Cleary (Citizen At-Large), Jeff Ledermann (MPCA), Mike Sullivan (EQB), Clark Erickson (Dept. of Education), Patty Selly (Citizen At-Large), Mark LaBarbera (DNR).
Billeye Rabbe (District 1), Mary Johnson (District 6), Rebecca Rennicke (District 7), Sue Hankner (District 8), Kathy Carlson (Dept. of Health), Allen Hoffman (Board of Teaching).
Su Beran, Staff Liaison (MPCA), Cathy Moeger (MPCA), Mike Kennedy (MPCA).
Lee Ann Landstrom, Chair, called the meeting to order at 12:37 p.m.
Approval of Agenda: No additions to Agenda. July 6, 2006 EEAB Agenda Approved.
Minutes: The June 6, 2006, EEAB Minutes were approved.
Legislative Report/Discussion - Cathy Moeger
1. Report Card funding update - Environmental Literacy Report Card has been funded at $70,000.00 for next year. Updates to come soon.
2. Living Green Expo Update and Numbers - 14,000 attended 240 exhibitors, 66 workshops, and 97 percent waste diversion rate and 260 volunteers. Steering committee met and the numbers are not where they would like for minorities and lower income memberships.
3. FY06 Environmental Assistance Grant round finished. Projects funded include:
* Eagle Bluff - User School
* UM Extension - Assessment Tool
* Natural Innovations
4. Hamline University received grant to work with Green Fleet.
5. Waste Management closed landfill located in Ramsey, has potential for Environmental Education Center. The facility is state owned with no waterbodies.
6. FY 08-09 RFPs focus primarily on green fuels, climate change, source reduction, toxicity reduction and composting. Currently in Sr. Executive process, more to come next month.
7. Announced in news Commissioner Corrigan is resigning, will be looking for position in the private sector. Kristen Applegate resigning to be at home with her twins.
LCCMR EE Recommendation and Funding Discussion
LCCMR will be visiting next month. They are currently soliciting members, to include Citizens in decision-making role, not an advisory role. LCCMR did fund GreenPrint and Seek; they are very interested in the Boards input on EE. First deadline date for LCCMR proposals is November 2006. Therefore, we have a few months to start putting ideas together.
Mike Kennedy shared that the GreenPrint will be holding meetings in August to see where focus should be in EE. Show LCCMR our resources and research. Final will not be ready until Spring 07 however. Mike Sullivan - The GreenPrint is the best thing that we have. Compare the two schedules and see if anything can be sped along for GreenPrint focus.
Tracy suggested we use the tools that we have, because we will end up missing a chance to get involved with the Strategic Planning.
Clark: Environmental Heritage, so our children understand the environmental history. Get the kids outside for recreation and able to pass it on.
Christine: We need to address who is the audience. Funding is major for recreation. Education through recreation.
David: Environmental Education is important statement - we have received 5.8%. ings will not change without education.
Nate: Can we step back and not recommend project specific but strategic. Amendment to Clarks idea, create an idea of how to create "Life long learning."
Lee Ann: EE is important, Lifelong learning, heritage. We will just make an initial statement here.
Cathy: ELM fund, is that the basic information?
Mike Sullivan - Stuff out there that is already in place. If we can get everyone K-12 to use the Scope and Sequence, we can be effective.
Nate: Increasing access to EE. Large umbrella issues and linking in tools. (GreenPrint and other tools).
Clark: Send a cover letter with copy of GreenPrint to the committee.
Mike Sullivan: Use GreenPrint as guideline for funding. Proposals cannot be funded if they do not meet GreenPrint standards, outcomes, and audiences.
Pete: There should be an educational component to all aspects.
Motion: Pete Cleary nominated Nate Meyer to work on a draft letter for the LCCMR. Nomination Seconded and Approved. Final to be available by next month.
Committee Reports and Discussion
ELM Group - Lee Ann Landstrom
Fiscal agent could be MAEE or PCA - Who is money coming from? (LMCCR or Fine Assessment?) Will we figure grants from competitive process or formula? The formula based fund is a well-liked idea. Having a disbursement agent that is local and having it, as a reimbursement project is the best idea.
Assessment Group - Michelle Kelly
Money is available for assessment; we need to figure out how much. Is GreenPrint effective? Many questions evaluated, evaluation plans identified, it would be a two part evaluation. There is an opportunity to utilize experts from evaluation conference by April 2007.
Old Business: None
Mike Kennedy stated that 07-08 Legislative session may be looking to clarify EE Language. Should be brought before the board before Legislature.
Motion: Michelle Kelly moved that any Agency Legislative proposals that affect the EEAB be brought before this Board for review prior to their being submitted to the legislature. Christine Peterson seconded. Vote taken and Motion Approved.
Michelle Kelly to draft resolution for September 2006 meeting.
Sharing/What's happening in EE?
* Brinkley state that NAAEE registration is open. Session information should be available next month.
* Nate attended conference "Y the difference?" Look for it next year.
* Jeff Ledermann handed out information about the "Eco Experience" for the State Fair.
* Mike Kennedy shared that the Get the Lead Out! Campaign has started its 4th year. Contact Mike Kennedy for more information on the program.
With no other business, the meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
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- Posted: 3/22/07
- Revised: 3/23/07
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