The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education holds the award program to recognize and encourage excellence in the field of environmental education. The awards program is generously sponsored by the Jeffers Foundation. All award winners will be recognized at the MAEE annual conference in June 2013 and on the MAEE website. Awards include a one year paid membership to MAEE, reduced conference registration and a sustainable commemorative award. Awards are given in 3 categories:
- Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education: The Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education award is presented for long-term, outstanding service and contribution to the field of environmental education in Minnesota. It is intended to recognize the efforts of those people who have had a large-scale, long-term impact in the field. These efforts may have taken the form of publications produced, legislation created, facilities developed, innovative curricula or programs developed, leadership provided to supporting organizations, funding acquired, or any other major contribution to the field.
- Formal Environmental Educator of the Year: This award is presented for outstanding, ongoing efforts in infusing environmental education into the schools curriculum. Teachers from all subjects and grades are eligible.
- Non-formal Environmental Educator of the Year: This award is presented for exhibiting innovative and exemplary effort in providing environmental education opportunities for audiences outside the formal school system. Professional and volunteer educators who teach in non-school settings are eligible (i.e. nature centers, zoos, museums, conservation or agriculture agencies, etc.).
Do these sound like anyone you know? If so, nominate them for an award! Nominations are due by December 21st.
To nominate yourself or another individual for any of the awards described, please go to: www.minnesotaee.org/awards for complete information and nomination forms.
Twin Cities Local Food Happy Hour – Facebook event page
What: At this month’s Local Food Happy Hour we will discuss how health care costs affect local farmers. Huge increases in health care costs, combined with political “leadership” that too often puts major health insurance corporations in the driver’s seat on health care policy, have caused Land Stewardship Project members to call for major health care reform. Access—for everyone—to affordable, quality health care is critical if we are able to have communities where sustainable, family farm-based agriculture thrives.
Who: LSP Program Organizer, Megan Buckingham will speak about LSP’s current health care organizing, and how you can join in the fight for fair health care.
When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Trotters Cafe & Bakery, St. Paul.
A Sip of Science – Event info
What: Hawai’i to Hurricane Sandy: Can Ecosystem Management Affect Water Resources?
Our everyday landscape is constantly evolving and changing. Whether wetlands are converted into productive agricultural fields, prairies, forests and deserts urbanized for towns and cities, or rivers channelized to minimize land loss, the way we design our landscape impacts our water resources and the ecosystem benefits we derive from the environment. With constant pressure for land conversion, we need to develop a better understanding of the impacts of land use on our water and ecosystem resources so it can better inform public decision-making.
Join Kate Brauman as she explores quantifying the impacts of land-use change on the municipal water supply in Kona, Hawaii, and how that process can be translated to various environments throughout the world.
Who: Kate Brauman is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Her work currently includes looking for patterns in agricultural water use to identify regions where changing irrigation management could increase or stabilize food supply while ensuring the delivery of a suite of complementary ecosystem services.
When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:30p.m.
Canada’s International Development Research Center is looking for a Program Leader of the Global Adaptation Research Program. The Global Adaptation Research Program (GARP) is a new partnership between IDRC and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). This new program of research on adaptation to climate change represents a joint investment of CAD 70 million over seven (7) years in Asia and Africa.
The position requires 10 years of relevant experience, with an emphasis in developing regions, in the following activities:
- Leading and managing multidisciplinary, international teams including senior researchers with diverse backgrounds and expertise.
- Communicating the results and impact of research to a variety of audiences including academia, policy actors (national, international and donor), and practitioners.
- Representing an organization, explaining and promoting its vision, mandate and activities, including at the international level.
- Conducting or commissioning research, including in developing regions.
- Consulting with stakeholders to define research needs and facilitating the uptake and use of evidence.
- Language: A superior knowledge of English and intermediate knowledge of French is essential for the position. Note: If the successful candidate doesn’t meet the bilingual language requirement, he/she will be required to take language training.
Click here for a complete exectuive brief of GARP Program Leader position and consider applying!
MEP’s members are hosting multiple events this November!
Starting with a Northland Bioneers Conference on Saturday, November 10th, 2012.
What: The Bioneers (Biological Pioneers) Conference is a leading-edge forum exploring the forefront of positive change in the planet’s pressing issues, such as climate crisis, and poverty. The conference provides a day of international and Minnesota collaboration in restoring environmental and social sustainability.
Who: This year’s keynote speaker, Shawn Otto, filmmaker and author from Minnesota, will explore setting up the missing connection between science and the institutions making decisions for democracy.
Where: Macalaster College, St. Paul.
Cost: Only $5 for students!
On November 13, 2012 is a film premiere of The Return of the Cuyahoga.
What: In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Clean Water Action will be showing The Return of the Cuyahoga. Known as the “river that burned” the Cuyahoga became an important symbol of the environmental movement. This one-hour documentary shows the death and rebirth of one of America’s most emblematic waterways.
Where: St. Anthony Main Theater, 115 Southeast Main Street, Minneapolis, MN
When: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Doors open at 6:30 PM, film 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM discussion.
More info & tickets: Clean Water Action – Environmental Events
In celebration of the new bike routes on Fairview, Larpenteur and Gortner, Bike Walk Move is having a celebration lunch and group ride.
Enjoy activities, sandwiches, and hot beverages (while supplies last), then join the group ride. They’ll visit the GIbbs Museum, Evergreen Park and Rosedale Center. Free bag to the first 20 group riders!
This event is held in collaboration with the City of Roseville, City of Falcon Heights, City of Lauderdale, and University of Minnesota.
Please RSVP for the ride: E-mail email@example.com or call 651-789-1403. For more information, visit http://bikewalkmove.org/2012/
When: Thursday November 1st. Celebration: 12-1pm Group Ride: 1-2:30, rain or shine.
Where: Dept of Horticultural Science Display & Trial Garden, the corner of Gortner & Folwell. (Rain location: Cargill Building for Microbial & Plant genomics, 1500 Gortner Ave.) U of M St Paul Campus