Missouri Environmental Literacy Advisory Board

A network of organizations, agencies and businesses working to advance environmental literacy in Missouri.


This work is supported by a grant from the U.S. EPA

Header Picture Captions: Left to Right: Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial S.P. Nature Detectives, Summer 2010; Academie Lafayette, Kansas City, Stream Class; Sustain Mizzou Green Team recycling at an MU home football game, Columbia. If you have pictures of your students learning aout or working in the environment (with permissions) send them to weaverjc@missouri.edu and we will post them.

MELAB Organizing Meeting Tuesday March 13, 2012

Location: MU General Services Building, MU Campus, Columbia Missouri

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Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Meeting Objectives

  1. Increase participants’ awareness and knowledge of what others are doing in Missouri
  2. Increase the number of acquaintances or contacts each person has
  3. Approve an MOU for organization participation in MELAB
  4. Identify shared goals to which the group can commit
  5. Set up work groups for goals with the greatest interest and have them set near term objectives
  6. Set date for next meeting.

Meeting Schedule

MELAB Meeting March 13, 2012 – Summary

Participating Organizations: Audubon Missouri, Boeing, Girl Scouts of NE KS & NW MO, Kansas City Environmental Education Network (KCEEN), Lincoln University, Missouri Botanical Garden Earthways, Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA), Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF), MO Project WET, Missouri Recycling Association (MORA), Missouri River Relief (MRR), Missouri Votes Conservation (MVC), National Park Service (NPS), City of Springfield, St. Louis County Health Department, University of Missouri Sustainability, U.S. Forest Service (USFS),Washington University Inst for School Partnership.

Presentations by: MELAB, KCEEN, MEEA, MRR, MORA, MPF, USFS, MDC, DESE, MU Sustainability

Participants listed issues of concern for their groups.  The issues were grouped under 6 more general headings:

  1. Messaging (issues 1, 4)
  2. Using Outdoors (issues 7 to 19)
  3. Education and Assessment (issues 2, 3, 5, 6, 12, 18)
  4. Value of Landscapes/Stewardship (issues 8, 10, 13, 15, 16) 
  5. Knowledge/Awareness of Human Impact (14, 17)
  6. Careers

Workgroups were started for #1, #3, #4 and #5 together and #6 based on preferences expressed by participants. Workgroups were re-numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4.

#1 Marketing – Call to Action
Co-Chairs – no one for now, check in a few months
Participants – Gloria Cohen (St. Louis Co. Health), Barbara Lucks (Springfield), Andrea Kliethermes (DNR), Randy Maiez (Boeing), Emily Webb (Girl Scouts NW Missouri), Faye Walmsely (NPS)
Need – consistent message, emphasis on inter-connectedness of economy, health, education and quality of life, a message that answers the question “so what”
Outcomes – people want to fix the problems of the environment
Measurable Results –
Plan – what resources are available

#2 – Environmental Literacy Assessment for High School
Co-Chairs – Kevin Lohraff, Jan Weaver
Participants – Shaun Bates (DESE), Erica Cox (Project WET), Kevin Lohraff (MDC), Bill O’donnell (NPS), Matt Riggs (KCEEN), Fran Stous (River Relief), Al Vogt (Conservation Federation), Jan Weaver (MEEA)
Need – No Child Left Inside Act, Green Ribbon Schools, help define what it is we want people to know
Expected Outcomes – assessment framework, test, plan for getting H.S. students to take test, standards for earlier grades
Measurable Results – scores
Plan – find out what is needed for a MAP level evaluation (from Shaun); need an environmental science class for HS, think about tech-enhanced items for questions, potential for portfolios, research PISA, other state’s assessments, review literature on what other states are doing, check on Show-Me Standards 73 or 75 (Know and Do, Process Knowledge), how to break environment into manageable subject areas – how the world works, where does food come from, where does water go; use environment to teach and assess other things – energy, water, population, watershed; use the framework from the initial governor’s group

#3 – Stewardship in Everyday Life
Co-Chairs – Susan Flowers, Glenda Abney, Debbie Brunner
Participants – Glenda Abney (MO Botanical Garden), Debbie Brunner (DNR) Teresa Chase (UFS), Freida Ervazi (Lincoln University), Susan Flowers (Wash U.), Anita Randolph (Audubon and Missouri Votes Conservation), Dave Stous (River Relief), Brad Walker (MO Coalition for the Environment)
Need –value and understanding of Missouri’s natural resources and landscapes, knowledge of human impact, motivation to take action
Expected Outcomes – sustainability, wise use and no waste; more protected, present restored landscapes and natural resources; more environmentally literate citizenry; more Missourians involved in environmental actions
Measurable Results – memberships in conservation organizations; donations to conservation efforts; acres restored or protected; participants in programs; assessment (need adult….); pro-environmental legislation
Plan – find/leverage existing federal funds; outreach events and programming; tax write-offs for donations to conservation organizations; tracking participation, membership; we all work together and are proud of our natural resources and state and citizens so we value experiences – add # impacted to all; do our outcomes/results/plans/ still fit the name?; cause and effect? How to educate to show how bad we already are but then make it digestible as to how to be involved; how to value that info through kids >> value how they learn and incorporate that using gaming, social media

#4 – Careers
Co-Chairs – Emily Webb, Susan Flowers
Participants – Teresa Chase (USFS), Frieda Ervazi (Lincoln University), Matt Riggs (KCEEN), Dave Stous (River Relief), Emily Webb (Girl Scouts NW Mo), Faye Walmsley (NPS)
Need – Mo students going into “traditional” green jobs; all careers are green and sustainable; much like OSHA (all businesses need a sustainability coordinator) under one umbrella
Actions – opportunities: career paths; exposure to careers; hands on career exposure; green your future; mentoring
Outcomes – spreadsheet; career piece in curriculum; unemployment office; greater awareness/transparency; economic development buy-in; job retraining; urban green awareness to career path, focus on urban population
Plan– research, start with career clusters on MO DESE website


Questions? Email weaverjc@missouri.edu

This and other MELAB events are supported by a grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.