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 Thursday December 3, 2015

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Location: Lewis & Clark State Office Building, Nightengale Room

Lewis and Clark Office Building

Map it: Lewis and Clark State Office Building (DNR)

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: environmental behavior survey, formative assessment questions, green schools website, career pipeline, inspiring stewardship through recycling

Meeting Schedule

Attendees (expected)

  1. Brandi Cartwright - Raintree School
  2. Kim Cole - Missouri Department of Conservation
  3. James Cole - City of Columbia
  4. Theresa Davidson - Mark Twain National Forest
  5. Carol Davit - Missouri Prairie Foundation
  6. Amber Edwards - Prairie Fork
  7. Susan Flowers - Washington University Institute for School Partnerships/Tyson Research Center
  8. Hope Gribble - U.S. Green Building Council
  9. Eric Hempel - City of Columbia
  10. Eddie Jones - Litzinger Road Ecology Center
  11. Jim Jordan - Aim High
  12. Alicia LaVaute - University of Missouri Sustainability Office
  13. Michael Martin - Columbia Green Chamber of Commerce
  14. Lelande Rehard - Columbia MMSWMD
  15. Srinivasan Rhagavan (Rhagu) - University of Missouri Sustainability Office
  16. Matt Riggs - Mid America Regional Council and KC EE Network
  17. David Thompson - Green Clean Institute
  18. Amanda Walker - Mark Twain National Forest
  19. Jan Weaver - Missouri Environmental Education Association
  20. Shannon White - University of Missouri 4-H


Work Group Materials

Work Group updates and goals

Inspiring Stewardship – This continues to be a tough nut to crack due to the variety of ways folks can be good stewards. At the May meeting, the group that met settled on increasing the state recycling rate, with the first project being to get more schools signed up for Recycle Bowl. Unfortunately the timeline fell apart pretty quickly. This group will decide whether to continue with the goal of increasing recycling by involving more schools and if so, how to proceed.

Environmental Leadership and Career Development – One of the presenters at the North American Association for Environmental Education shared information on a collaborative effort in Portland to recruit minority students into conservation careers. A key feature was a job fair targeted to minority youth. This might be a good focus for this group. What are the existing STEM or conservation job fairs in cities across the state? Are they attracting minority youth? How can we engage youth of all kinds in the culture of conservation work?

Green Schools – Since the last meeting Jan outlined a plan for setting up a program and ran it by some members of the committee, getting a provisional ok. See a copy of the plan here.

A key feature is that the plan does NOT involve creating materials, curriculum or lessons for greening schools (at least initially). Instead it will set goals for schools in three categories (the 3 Federal Green Ribbon Categories), collate resources (from National Wildlife Federation, Project WILD, Kansas Green Schools, MDC, Missouri Botanical Gardens and other groups) that will help schools achieve goals they set themselves, and recognize what they have accomplished.

Once we have an up and running MIssouri Green Schools program, our chances of having the state sign up for the National program will increase.

See the website at missourigreenschools.org

Notes from the previous meeting May 2015


This group decided to focus on raising the recycling rate in the state by focusing on school recyling programs. 1. Survey principals who participated in Recycle Bowl asap; 2. Craft a message based on responses; 3. Develop a list of schools to contact; 4. Send email in mid June; 5. Find prizes; 6. Send out reminder email in October


Action Item 1: collect items for the 2015 MO Nature Playbook, should there be regional versions?
made additions to lists of programs in the 2014 playbook (gave to Jan)
do not yet see a need for regional versions, like all MO resources in one place right now
would like to see an adult section
DONE - see here

Action Item 2: identify gaps in the pipeline - what programs should be created?

Action Item 3: use smart chart to develop marketing strategies for different audiences, especially minorities Action Item 4: how does this connect to the other three work groups?