WAEE Bulletin - October 2013

WAEE Bulletin

October 2013

MEEC Conference in Coralville, IA September 25-28th, 2013.

The conference theme was Seasons of Plenty and there were an abundance of great sessions and fieldtrips. Four of our board members were able to attend the MEEC in September. It was great to network with others from Wisconsin and surrounding states. Below is a photo from the sharing successes session with other states. Checkout the Facebook page for more pictures.

NAAEE Conference in Baltimore, MD October 8th-12th, 2013.

It was exciting to be able to travel to Baltimore this year for NAAEE. Many WCEE staffers presented at the research symposium and during sessions. There was an abundance of great sessions and workshops. The keynote speaker Stephen Ritz was very inspiring and entertaining. Check out his TED video it is amazing!!!! We are very interested in having him be the keynote speaker at the WAEE conference in August next year.

Checkout the Facebook page for more pictures.

WAEE attended NAAEE as part of the EE Capacity Grant see below:
WAEE and Steve Kerlin (professor at UWSP) received a $30,000 grant to increase capacity and facilitate collaborations between traditional and non- traditional environmental education organizations. This grant will support education that advances environmental literacy and sustainability for urban and other under-served populations. There will be 20 organizations included in this grant with funding available for travel expenses and professional development. 3 meetings throughout 2014 will take place around Wisconsin. Stay tuned as you will be hearing more about this as we move into 2014. 


Green and Healthy Schools Workshops:

October 24th – Whitewater, WI  Location: CESA 2 Office
October 29th – Gillett, WI  Location: CESA 8 Office
November 7th – Neenah, WI  Location: Miron Construction Corporate Office
November 14th – Pewaukee, WI  Location: CESA 1 Office

On Saturday, October 26, 2013

November 9

Celebrate Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Banquet
at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona

January 24-26

WAEE Winter Workshop
at Treehaven

August 13-15
WAEE Annual Conference 
in Stevens Point, WI 

Save the Date

A Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Banquet
November 9, 2013
Aldo Leopold Nature Center
Monona, WI
Happy fall! I hope everyone has taken the opportunity to walk through crunchy leaves in the cool fall air this year. As the season goes on my excitement is building for the next big WAEE event... the Celebration of Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Banquet November 9!
Over the past few months I have been working hard with the planning committee to make sure that this event is as amazing as the award winners. I have high hopes. I am looking forward to sharing the joys of our winners accomplishments over an elegant meal in a beautiful location with my favorite environmental educators! See you there.
The event will begin at 5:00 pm with a social hour, dinner and the awards ceremony, ending with the close of the silent auction.

Awardees are:

Administrator of the Year Award:
Dean Sanders 

Student Award:
Shaina Stewart 

Formal Educator of the Year:
Chris McNeill 

Non-Formal Educator of the Year:
Jeff Nania 

Earth Guard Award:
Fox River Academy Ravine Team

Dave Engleson Award:
Victoria Rydberg

Aldo Leopold Award:
Jodi Hermsen 

Awards Banquet Chair
Molly McKay

Save The Date

Mark your calendars for the 2014 Winter Workshop

January 24-26, 2014
at Treehaven
Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Join the state organization as they host their annual professional development and networking workshop in Tomahawk, WI.  Enhance your portfolio, share your skills, expand your knowledge, and help enhance environmental education in Wisconsin. Be a part of this amazing workshop by sharing your work with others.
Sign up to be a Presenter this year!
Workshop Theme: Winter Workshop:  Survival or Revival

Survival:  How do you survive winter?  How does Nature survive winter?  What great survival stories related to EE do you have to share? What can you do to help your organization survive (grant writing, garnering community support, etc.)?  What adaptations have helped your EE programs survive and prosper?
Revival:  What revives you about winter?  How do you stay sharp and focused?  What techniques do you have to help infuse new life into a program?  What new ideas would you like to share?

Save The Date

WAEE Annual Conference August 13-15 2013.
More information and call for presenters coming soon!!!

40 Years of Collaboration. The annual conference will be a collaborative effort between WAEE and Green and Healthy Schools.

October is Energy Action Month!
Energy Action Month is a national effort to emphasize how important energy
is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being.
We inviting you to take action and invite your students to take action as well.
We invite you and your students to take action in one of two ways:
Make an Energy Pledge
What is your Energy Pledge? We'd really like to know!
Send us a quick video telling us what your energy pledge is. Email your video pledges to
Or, have your students and colleagues write what their energy pledge is using this template and hang them
around your school/workplace.
Energy Scavenger Hunt
To bring awareness and appreciation to energy, we've developed an electronic Energy Scavenger Hunt
for you and your students. 
The drawing winners will be announced on November 1. If your name is drawn, you will be contacted via email.

Apply Now for Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Contest by October 31st!

Are you interested in winning a share of $2,000,000 in technology and prizes for your school?
This fall, Samsung is giving public schools nationwide the opportunity to discover the power of
technology by participating in its annual Solve for Tomorrow contest. 


Are you and your students innovative? Do you think you can use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
to help solve an environmental challenge in your local community? Apply for Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow contest
and become eligible for the Environmental Sustainability Innovation Award, in which your school can win an additional
$50,000 in Samsung technology! 

Updates from the WAEE Board

Chair Update
Happy Autumn!!  You have probably noticed from this newsletter that there is a lot going on with WAEE these days. We have been to Iowa and Baltimore in the last month. We received an EE Capacity Grant for over $30,000 to help build capacity for EE across Wisconsin in the coming year. We are gearing up for the Wisconsin Excellence in Environmental Education Awards Ceremony in Madison November 9th. We have proposed some bylaw changes to the membership to review and vote on November 9th at the next membership meeting in Madison (3:30pm just before the EE Awards Ceremony at Aldo Leopold Nature Center—Monona, WI). And we will soon be holding elections for new board members starting January 2014. Please get those nominations in!
On a more personal note, I have been busy with my growing family. Our son, Kai Emon Victor, was born September 27th! Another future EE leader has been born!

I look forward to seeing you all at the Excellence in EE Awards Ceremony!
Susan Schuller
WAEE 2013 Chair

Be part of the WAEE Board of Directors!
Nominations are now open for the WAEE Board of Directors. Join a fantastic team of environmental educators and provide direction to this organization as it goes into its 40th year! You too can help shape EE in Wisconsin.


Proposed Bylaw Changes
All members should have received an email earlier this month on the proposed bylaw changes. We will be voting on these changes November 9th at the Membership meeting just before the Excellence in EE Awards Ceremony at Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona, WI 3:30pm. If you are unable to attend this member meeting and have comments or would like to vote via email, please email prior to November 9th

Weclome our newest Student Board Members:
Corinne Grossmeier and Brianne Hanson

Corinne Grossmeier:
She is a  senior at UW-Green Bay. She is passionate about the environment and will be studying Environmental Education in grad school after she graduates from UWGB in May.

Brianne Hanson:
She is a senior at UWSP studying Environmental Education and Interpretation. She is an active member of EENA (The Environmental Educators and Naturalists Association at UWSP).


Green & Healthy Schools Trainings

FREE workshops are being offered around the state with an expense stipend provided!
All workshops are held from 9am-3pm.
·         October 24th – Whitewater
·         October 29th – Gillett
·         November 7th – Neenah
·         November 14th – Pewaukee

Lunch will be provided as part of the workshop and schools will be provided an expense stipend after the workshop of $100 per attendee (up to 4 individuals from each school) to be used to cover expenses of attending the workshop – substitute fees, mileage, etc. – or expenses related to Green & Healthy Schools efforts thanks to a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Visit GHSWisconsin to learn more or read the attached documents. RegistrationSpace is limited, so sign up early! 

Would you like to be honored as the next US Department of Education Green Ribbon School?
Your school has probably implemented many green and healthy practices already.
  • Do you participate in Safe Routes to Schools or encourage healthy lifestyles?
  • Are you serving fruits and vegetables for lunch?
  • Do you have compact fluorescent lights or LEDs?
  • Are staff and students recycling?
  • Do you integrate environmental education in your curriculum?
Get recognized for your good work! Learn how to apply for the US Department of Education Green Ribbon School program by becoming a Wisconsin Green & Healthy School! Whether you started the process years ago or are just getting started now, this workshop is for you! 


The Surdna Foundation - Sustainable Environments Program Grant
Available amount: Up to $500,000

The Surdna Foundation - Sustainable Environments Program Grant
Letters of Inquiry are accepted at any time.

Focusing on urban areas and their surrounding suburbs, the Foundation seeks solutions that connect
and improve infrastructure systems in ways that maximize positive impacts and minimize negative environmental,
economic and social consequences. The program seeks to overhaul outdated and crumbling infrastructure
with a new approach that will foster healthier, sustainable, and just communities.
Nonprofit organizations throughout the United States
Not required

Previous grants have ranged up to $500,000
Approximately 50
Link to RFP:


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