What’s Happening

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  • From ECRI:

    The Environment Council of Rhode Island’s (ECRI) Education Fund is pleased to announce that we are opening the application process for the Tenth Annual Loraine Tisdale Environmental Education awards.

    Each year ECRI’s Education Fund gives out small grants to Rhode Island schools and school-based after-school programs for hands on environmental projects by students that benefit the local environment.  

    We are pleased to offer 3 grants of up to $250 in support of school-based projects that:

    1. Have student participation
      2.  Lead to measurable improvement in an environmental condition
      3.  Involve the community beyond a school in some way

      All Rhode Island schools and school-based after-school programs are encouraged to apply, and an ECRI Education Fund representative will be happy to answer any questions to help schools with their project application. We can be contacted either by email here or by phone at 621-8048.

    Independent environmental professionals will review all applications and three schools or school-based after-school programs will receive $250 to carry out their projects. Over the last 5 years, schools all over Rhode Island have been awarded these grants for water quality, school garden, recycling, composting, and alternative energy projects. 

    The Loraine Tisdale Environmental Education Awards honor a woman whose energy for a just and healthy environment was legendary. Mrs. Tisdale held an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a degree in nursing. For many years she led an organization that addressed safety and health issues concerning pesticides.

    The application deadline is November 22, 2016 and awards will be made in January 2017 for projects to be undertaken in the spring of 2016.  Application and further information is available here http://environmentcouncilri.org/sites/default/files/sites/all/files/news/Tisdale2017app_1.pdf   

    Applicants should be aware ECRI will do some publicity around the winning projects and encourages winners to publicize their projects as well

  • From World of 7 Billion (www.Worldof7Billion.org): 

    This year’s challenge:

    Students will create a short video (up to 60 seconds) about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges:

    • Climate Change
    • Ocean Health
    • Rapid Urbanization

       *All videos must include a) how population growth impacts the issue, and b) at least one idea for a sustainable solution.

    We are happy to send copies of our contest flyer for any Rhode Island EE Assoc conferences so please do let us know! Below you’ll also find a short blurb to include in newsletters, sent out on your ListServ, or included on social media!

    We are looking forward to the videos that students create. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    Thanks for your help,

    Katie Luoma, Population Education Fellow

    World of 7 Billion: www.Worldof7Billion.org 

    Population Education: www.PopulationEducation.org 


    ** World of 7 Billion Video Contest

    Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest can help you bring technology and creativity into your environmental science high school and middle school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges: climate change, ocean health, or rapid urbanization. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 23, 2017. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at https://www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest/.

  • unnamedRIEEA is hard at work trying to sell the remaining of pieces of our Kids Zone Exhibit from last February’s Flower Show (see attached photo and list of materials – you can see more photos here). 
    Would your organization be interested in purchasing the display? If so, please email me off list (do NOT hit reply or you will be posting your response to the entire listserv).  The full list of materials is attached, but some features include:
    • over 100 feet of picket fencing with braces and screws to assemble
    • arbor with colored lights
    • wooden table
    • photo opp booth
    • colored buckets (about 25)
    • pretend wooden bridge, fishing poles, and “pond” (i.e. tarp)
    Don’t miss this an amazing opportunity to get over $3,500 worth of materials for just $1,000 – the bargain of the year!! Would make an amazing addition to an outdoor classroom, playground, or community garden. 
  • RIDEM Wildlife Outreach Programs for K-12 Teachers

    Are you interested in bringing nature into your classroom? The RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife, in collaboration with the Brown University MAT Program, is developing outreach opportunities to connect students with Rhode Island’s wildlife resources. Sample program topics currently include mammalian and avian ecology; we are very open to working with educators to discuss a wide variety of topics, as these programs are very flexible! The Division of Fish and Wildlife is hoping to connect with educators at all grade levels to encourage students to learn about local wildlife conservation, with the potential for guided explorations of Rhode Island’s wildlife management areas. All of these learning opportunities are in line with the Next Generation Science Standards, and are designed to support your science curriculum.

    To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Mary Grande (mary_grande@brown.edu). Classroom programs and guided field trips are free of charge, and will be available beginning March 2017.

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