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 Tuesday March 12, 2013

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Location: Columbia Public Library, Broadway and Garth, Columbia

Columbia Public Library

Map it: http://goo.gl/maps/ICjyN

Park across the street at the lot on the north west corner

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. Work on common goals and objectives identified at previous meetings: standards and assessments, fostering stewardship, green schools, promoting environmental career education
  4. Evalutate value of MELAB, consider next steps

Meeting Schedule


  1. Shaun Bates - MO DESE (Science Education) - Jefferson City
  2. Katie Belisle-Iffrig - Show Me Youth Media/USGBC Green Schools- St. Louis
  3. Debbie Brunner - MO DNR (Natural Resources Education) - Jefferson City
  4. Barbara Buffaloe - Columbia Sustainability Office - Columbia
  5. Oscar Carter - MO DESE (Future Farmers) - Jefferson City
  6. Teresa Chase - U.S. Forest Service - Rolla
  7. Melanie Cheney - Missouri River Relief - Columbia
  8. Erica Cox - Project WET (TENTATIVE) - Springfield
  9. Ethan Duke - Missouri River Bird Observatory - Marshalll
  10. Amber Edwards - Conservation Federation of Missouri - Columbia
  11. Susan Flowers - Washington University - St. Louis
  12. Jim Jordan - University of Missouri St. Louis - St. Louis
  13. Chris Kalter - St.Louis County Health - St. Louis
  14. Lorena Locke - MO HSS (Health and Senior Services) - Jefferson City
  15. Matt Magoc - Audubon Center at Riverlands - St. Louis area
  16. Ken Perdue - Staples Sustainable Business Solutions - Kansas City
  17. Tana Pulles - Springfield Environmental Office - Springfield
  18. Matt Riggs - KC Environmental Education Network - Kansas City
  19. Kendra Swee - Association of Missouri Interpreters
  20. Alicia Taube - MO HSS (Health and Senior Services) - Jefferson City
  21. Samson Tesfay - Lincoln University - Jefferson City
  22. Linda Toth - Shaw Nature Reserve - Gray Summit
  23. Al Vogt - Conservation Federation of Missouri- Columbia
  24. Jan Weaver - Missouri Environmental Education Association
  25. MO River Bird Observatory Intern - Marshall

Not able to at this time, but still interested

  1. Emily Andrews - US Green Building Council
  2. Erika Brandl - MO DESE (After School Programs)
  3. Brian Crouse - Mo Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  4. Robert Dillon - Maplewood Richmond Heights School
  5. Mike Dimond - Boy Scouts Great Rivers Council - Columbia
  6. Hope Gribble - USGBC LEED Green Associate
  7. Peggy Lemons - Soil and Water Conservation District, Envirothon
  8. Kevin Lohraff - MDC
  9. Holly Neill - MO Stream Team Watershed Association
  10. Kathyrn Smaistrla - Sustainalbe Energy & Environmentl Coordinator, UMSL
  11. Judy Stinson - MO DNR Soil and Water Conservation, Envirothon
  12. Susan Trautman - Great Rivers Greenway District
  13. Marci Verbrugge Rhind - Sprint (TENTATIVE) - Kansas City
  14. Ginny Wallace - MO DNR

Work Group Materials

Objectives from the last meeting

1. Stewardship/Marketing – form partnerships with common goals, gather info about programs and consolidate, develop clearinghouse, facilitate discussions among organizations about stewardship

2. Standards/Assessment – redraft proposed standards to incorporate suggestions and comments

3. Green Schools/Careers – set up a green schools website, develop and post a self-check list for schools, including a first steps list, add MELAB members to site (as resource?), add "Why be a Healthy Green School" to site, invite Kansas and Texas folks to meet, contact USGBC for state-wide support.

Meeting Notes

MELAB March 2013 Meeting Summary

Standards and Assessment


Green Schools

The co-chairs of the Green Schools work group drafted a case statement based on the group's discussion that could go to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education asking for their involvement in the Green Ribbon Schools Program . (for 2014?)

Green Schools Case Statement

We, the MELAB committee (Missouri Environmental Literacy Advisory Board) wish to offer support the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's consideration to adopt the 2013-2014 national Green Ribbon Schools program, by providing the following contributions:

1. Volunteer Board/s
An advisory board is willing to review applications and school progress reports in order to provide recognition awards to Missouri schools. Additional boards can be added if needed. Travel and food will be provided through MEEA.

1. Partnerships
An advisory board can provide partnerships through which information can be disseminated and awards can be provided.

3. Provide a website for schools

An advisory board can provide an external website through MEEA for schools to ask questions and find resources for environmental sustainability.

MELAB believes in the following measures for their involvement:

1. Missouri should celebrate the work of all applicants working toward sustainability.
2. Support DESE’s Top 10 by 20 initiative
3. Coordinate with national and worldwide education standards
a) Scoring at or above proficient on NAEP increases 1% each time test is administered
b) Scoring at or above proficient on state assessments is 75% in all subgroups

Leadership & Career Exploration

Direct Student model:
Natural Resources Career exploration
            Students gain confidence.  “I can do this.”

            Criteria to meet objectives:

Nobody can do it alone—need collaboration.
Internship program
Important to start natural resource awareness in middle
Student choice & through schools – transparent access for all students

Current Programs:

There is a need for more connections with scientists.
Proficiency awards



Content through teachers
Lincoln → env. educ. Workshop—3 day intensive workshop for K-12 educators, teachers follow-up with implementation Plan to receive credits
Schools have Ag content requirement, now have research component
MO trying to get into career pathways model

Next Actions:
Still need to match career exploration piece to formal school accreditation
Biology clearing house – Amber
Also statewide email for counselors
Build list of existing quality career education
Create network b/n educators & science professionals
Valuable to private foundations to know criteria & entities
Develop frame-work ; info reorg of existing info;
Nominate students to Conservation Leadership Corp.