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- Environmental Education Advisory Board Meeting Minutes - 2007 - April
EEAB Meeting Minutes
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
April 5, 2007
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Lee Ann Landstrom, Chair (District 5); Michelle Kelly (District 2); Brinkley Prescott (District 4); Mary Johnson (District 6); Susan Hankner (District 8); Pete Cleary (Citizen At-Large); Patty Selly (Citizen At-Large); Tracy Fredin (Citizen At-Large); David Weinand (Dept. of Ag); Nate Meyer (U of M Extension); Jeff Ledermann (MPCA); Cathy Moeger (MPCA); Kim Benson-Johnson (Dept. of Health); Jon Fure (BWSR); Mark LaBarbera (DNR).
Vacant (District 1); Vacant (District 3); Vacant (District 7); Karen Balmer (Board of Teaching); Mike Sullivan (EQB), Clark Erickson (Dept. of Ed).
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: Legislative Update from Cathy Moeger
Approval of Minutes:
February minutes approved with one change in the 2007 EE Leadership Summit Update section. Since the EEAB is hosting the Summit, remove the following sentence: The committee also invited the EEAB members to participate.
Legislative Update - Cathy Moeger
The Clean Water Legacy funding needs to go through to the Governor. It has some funding for education. The diesel bus retrofits is using Hamline University for the education component. The LCMR does not contain any references to Environmental Education.
MAEE Conference Update - Su Beran
Conference planning is going well. The presentations/sessions are available online. There are 3 field trips, coordinated by the MN Naturalists' Association. The National EE Conference brought in new members and attendees for April's conference. Su handed out registration forms to members who have not registered; she needs their registrations forms today (4/5/07). Su asked members to also make sure to fill out an expense form, which will cover their hotel, meals, mileage, etc. Jeff Ledermann asked Su if you can renew your MAEE membership and register for the conference at the same time. Su replied that memberships are only renewed in September. Denise Stromme reminded the members that if you register thru EEAB to please expect a specific nametag for EEAB at Summit.
EE at the Dept. of Agriculture - David Weinand
David gave a presentation on the environmental education activities within the Department of Agriculture. The Dept of Ag is not just about "cows, plows, and sows". They perform nitrate water testing, sponsor "Keep it Clean" print ads, provide pesticide regulation with education, safe guarding food, licensing & testing, agriculture education in the classrooms, non-point pollution testing, and renewable energy (e.g. E85, Biodiesel, Ethanol). The Dept. of Ag also has funding available through grants and loans. David took questions from members.
GreenPrint Update - Mike Kennedy
Mike provided a handout on a summary of the Statewide EE Outcomes that were developed from public input components of the GreenPrint revision process. Nate Meyer collected the public comments and compressed the seven outcomes to four. Mostly the same audiences. The appendix information will only be available online. The GreenPrint draft will be done in May. Input from the Board will be online and that feedback is needed by June 1. The GreenPrint is the State Plan for Environmental Education and the EEAB needs to approve it. The Board will need a two week timeframe to review it. There will be a June discussion and a July approval of GreenPrint. The GreenPrint is the plan for the EEAB for the next five years.
Committee Break-Out Time
Summit Update - Denise Stromme
A Save the Date postcard was sent out. The formal invites will be mailed soon. There was a discussion of the agenda and Denise reviewed our Board member duties for the Minnesota Environmental Education Leadership Summit being held April 26. The Board members will have nametags that stand out. Denise previewed the lovely recycled-glass gift goblets. Eric Utne is the guest speaker. There is a book swap option.
Colleen Schoenecker updated the EEAB's information on the SEEK web site. A quick link to the EEAB was added to the left sidebar that appears on every page. The Board Minutes have also all been updated. In addition, the 2000 - 2003 Board Minutes have been condensed into a pdf archive file. These are searchable. The EEAB's Agenda is also added to the Board's page at www.seek.state.mn.us/eeab. Su Beran will re-submit the District vacancies (1, 3, and 7) to the Secretary of State.
Michelle Kelly announced that the MinnAqua's Fishing Aquatic Guide (1300 pages) is being published in April.
Mike Kennedy said undergrad work of EE research is available on the SEEK web site.
These are from 12 colleges.
Brinkley Prescott passed around the invitation to the Eco-Education Board of Directors annual Earth dinner.
Sharing/What's happening in your EE efforts?
Cathy Moeger mentioned that the Living Green Expo is seeking volunteers. Materials for the Living Green Expo are available on their Web site: Livinggreen.org.
There's a EPA grant proposal to have a national, searchable, thesis/research database.
See you all at the Summit April 26!
Next EEAB meeting is 5/3/07.
Motion: Pete Cleary moved to adjourn the meeting, Sue Hankner seconded. Lee Ann Landstrom adjourned the meeting at 3:24 p.m.
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Environmental Education Advisory Board
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- Posted: 4/26/07
- Revised: 5/15/07
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