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 Meeting November 13, 2012

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Location: Gasconade Camp Conference Room,
Lewis and Clark Natural Resources Building,
1101 Riverside Drive,
Jefferson City, 65101

MO DNR Buiding

Time: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

To register - send an email with your name and organization to Jan Weaver at weaverjc@missouri.edu before November 10, 2012

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. Pick up with work from previous meeting on goals 1 - Marketing, 2 - Assessment, 3 - Stewardship in Every Day Life, 4 - Careers and consider additional goals like a green schools program for Missouri
  4. Discuss long term sustainability of the group, name change?
  5. Set date for next meeting.


Yes for now...

  1. Debbie Brunner - Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  2. Melanie Cheney - Missouri River Relief
  3. Fran Stous - Missouri River Relief
  4. Dave Stous - Missouri River Relief
  5. Carol Davit - Missouri Prairie Foundation
  6. Tana Pulles - Springfield Department of Environmental Services
  7. Angie Gehlert - Missouri Recycling Association
  8. Matt Riggs - Mid-America Regional Council
  9. Anita Randolph - Audubon Missouri
  10. Emily Webb - Girl Scouts of NE KS and NW MO
  11. Jim Jordan - UMSL School of Continuing and Professional Studies and Gateway Children Nature Connection
  12. Gloria Cohen - St. Louis County Department of Health
  13. Jan Weaver - Missouri Environmental Education Association
  14. Susan Flowers - Institute for School Partnership, Washington University
  15. Chris Collins-Coleman - Laumeier Sculpture Park
  16. Karen Mullen - Laumeier Sculpture Park
  17. Gabriel Doral - Bubbles Env Ed
  18. Katie Belise - Show Me Youth Media
  19. Katie Mike Smaistra - University of Missouri St. Louis
  20. Faye Walmsley - National Park Service
  21. Steve Burdic - MU Sustainability Coordinator
  22. Erika Brandl - Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - After School Programs
  23. Ethan Duke - Missouri River Bird Observatory
  24. Katie Belisle Iffrig - Sustainbility Educating and Consulting
  25. Anita Stansfield - DNR Solid Waste Management Program
  26. Shaun Bates - Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - Science Education
  27. Andrea Balkenbush - DNR

Not able to at this time but still interested

  1. Glenda Abney - Earthways Center
  2. Erica Cox - MO Project WET Coordinator
  3. Rob Didricksen - MO State Recycling Coordinator
  4. Bill O'Donnell - National Park Service
  5. Barbara Lucks - Springfield Department of Environmental Services
  6. Judy Stinson - DNR Soil and Water Conservation Program - Envirothon
  7. Holly Neill Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition
  8. Robert Dillon - MRH Schools
  9. Hope Gribble - US Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter
  10. Jeanette McDermott - Marian Middle School
  11. Kevin Lohraff - MDC Education

Meeting Schedule

In the work sessions, people will go to a work group whose topic they are interested in, review background information and reports, review and revise plan from the previous meeting and assign tasks for completion before the nex meeting. People can stay with a work group in the second session or go work with a different group.


Meeting Summary

Attendees (10 repeat attendees, 10 new)

  1. Andrea Balkenbush – andrea.balkenbush@dnr.mo.gov
  2. Shaun Bates – shaun.bates@dese.mo.gov
  3. Erika Brandl – erika.brandl@dese.mo.gov
  4. Debbie Brunner – debbie.brunner@dnr.mo.gov
  5. Steve Burdic – burdics@missouri.edu
  6. Brandi Cartwright – brandi@undertheraintree.org
  7. Melanie Cheney – Melanie@riverrelief.org
  8. Jamie Cleaver – jamie_cleaver@nps.gov
  9. Gloria Cohen – gcohen@stlouisco.com
  10. Clara Collins Coleman – cccoleman@laumeier.org
  11. Ethan Duke – ethan.duke@mrbo.org
  12. Susan Flowers – flowers@wustl.edu
  13. Jim Jordan – jordanji@umsl.edu
  14. Alicia LaVaute – from MU
  15. Tana Pulles – tpulles@att.net
  16. Katy Mike Smaistrla – smaistrlak@umsl.edu
  17. Anita Stansfield – anita.stansfield@dnr.mo.gov
  18. Fran Stous – fstous@kcnet.com
  19. Faye Walmsley –faye_walmsley@nps.gov
  20. Jan Weaver – weaverjc@missouri.edu

Tour of DNR Building to see its green features – tour guide from DNR
Presentation on Show-Me Environmental Literacy Standards – Jan Weaver
Presentation on St. Louis Gateway Children Nature Connection – Jim Jordan
Presentation on Missouri River Bird Observatory – Ethan Duke
Presentation on the Outdoor Action Kommitee (OAK) – Erika Brandle
Work Groups
Work Group Reports
Set next meeting – Tuesday March 12, 2013  - somewhere in central MO

Work Groups – Stewardship/Marketing, Standards/Assessment, Green Schools

Jamie Cleaver, Gloria Cohen, Ethan Duke,  Faye Walmsley
Combined these two groups for this meeting
Vision – To Encourage all Missourians to participate in the outdoors and increase knowledge and connection to resource meanings to create the desire to become stewards

Goals Brainstorming

  1. Statewide focal point/clearing house organized by zip code
  2. Regional focal point/clearing house organized by zip code
  3. Encourage youth organizations to participate
  4. Outdoors is not scary
  5. Lobbying elected officials
  6. Fundraising
  7. Media likes partnerships
  8. Advertise VIP (volunteer) opportuntiies >  stewardship #5 partnerships
  9. Change values – shared cultural ethic
  10. Get organizations together for common gols
  11. Networking – word of mouth
  12. Shift perception from public-environmentalits aren’t scary. Change the norm
  13. Research needed for clearing house – continuing thing
  14. Quarterly newsletter
  15. Encourage schools to become a green ribbon school
  16. Encourage green ribbon schools @ state level


  1. Activites taken back to organization and have them do the activity (i.e. recycling, stream teams, gardening, create school trail, bird feeders, etc. )
  2. Educate teachers on programs available
  3. Workshops for teachers
  4. Citizen action with families – communities get together
  5. Partnerships > marketing # 8 Advertise VIP (volunteer) opportunities
  6. On-going VIP (volunteer) commitment in short bursts
  7. Seniors to youth connections in EE programs
  8. Demographic info needed for balanced approach
  9. Schools take ownership

Goal 1: Encourage people (all) to actively participates in our environmental education project activity and take ownership to make change toward stewardship
Strategy 1: Form partnerships with common goals – networks
Strategy 2: Gathering information and programs and consolidate
Strategy 3: Develop clearinghouse

Goal 2: Encourage all EE organizations to have a common voice for stewardship and environmental literacy in our political process as well as schools
Strategy 1: Facilitate discussions and thoughts (among organizations) to draw their own conclusions toward stewardship


Shaun Bates, Erika Brandl, Melanie Cheney, Jim Jordan, Fran Stous, Jan Weaver
The group read through the draft standards and made these comments and suggestions

Environmental Principles

  1. name is too suggestive of science, educators may not understand it includes social dimensions
  2. include something about homeostasis
  3. be more explicit about environmental justices
  4. population growth? included under carrying capacity and also in living organisms
  5. something about sustainability/greenness >productivity

How Nature Works
Natural and Developed Environments

  1. something about genetic diversity

Environmental Impacts

  1. discussion about whether to use “Impacts”, “issues” (code for negative these days), problems, challenges

Reason About Environmental Problems

  1. if social studies is not left in explicitly, then add another column with the social studies made explicit
  2. spell out the show-me goals in this (and remaining columns)

Other comments
teachers don’t use show-me standards, what will they do with these?  these would be the basis of frameworks and then grade level and course level expectations – just like the current show-me standards are?
where would a school course that uses these standards be categorized – probably science

Comments from the OAK education subcommittee
need to have something about outdoor education – stronger alignment with AFWA conservation education standards

Green Schools/Careers
Debbie Brunner, Steve Burdic, Brandi Cartwright, Clara Coleman, Susan Flowers, Alicia LaVaute, Tana Pulles, KatyMike Smaistrla

Vision: Missouri should have a recognition process for schools wanting to work toward a variety of national green school programs. Since there are national programs already developed, the committee doesn’t see any value in recreating a statewide program; only need to focus on recognition and resources.

Goals: The committee feels that the mission of MELAB should fit the green schools recognition. Therefore, providing support in environmental education should be promoted through the Missouri program.


  1. MELAB Web page
  2. Self-check document for schools
  3. Connect St. Louis, K.C., Springfield, Joplin through the U.S. Green Building Council


  1. Get resources and self-check sheet online.
    1. review the checklist and make sure listed items are in the right category
    2. set up a first steps category (items like collect baseline data)
  2. Add MELAB membership to Web page to show statewide support,
  3. Add “Why be a Healthy Green School” to the website—include introduction of environmental careers – listing
  4. Invite Kansas and Texas Green Schools organizers to meet with us
  5. contact USGBC for statewide support

Other notes:
Consider magnet schools, private schools (Shaun Bates has a contact), MU Extension for outreach, EPA Energy star to help schools with baseline data, national Green Ribbon Schools winners from St. Louis, PTA in schools, City councils, Missouri School Plant Managers Association, college interns matched with schools, name for Missouri: “Healthy and Green Schools”, award participation, include early childhood centers/schools, create brochures, consider Governor proclamation