E-Mails to Coaches and General EE Notes

To submit a message for general distribution to the Mass Envirothon community, contact Brita Dempsey. Critical messages for Envirothon coaches and teams are noted in RED.

Date Sender Subject
24 March 14 Brita Dempsey Spring Mailing and Current Issue Docs now available
1 Dec 13 Brita Dempsey Current Issue Docs available
1 Dec 13 Kelley Freda DCR Ranger programs on wildlife and vernal pools
29 Oct 13 Pam Landry Mass Ag in the Classroom Fall Workshop (just follow the link!)
1 October 13 Dan Giza MITS Seaperch workshop
26 Sept 13 Brita Dempsey October Event Signups
25 August George Zoto Climate change videos
22 August 13 Joe Perry Tickets for Forestry conference available
22 August 13 Brita Dempsey End of summer announcements
17 July Brita Dempsey 2014 Current Issue Announced

Updated (3/24/14)

Spring Mailing and Current Issue Problem now available.
Here is a link to the spring letter. It has all the essential documents you'll need to get ready for the competition.

Current Issue Documents available

The 2014 Current Issue Guide is now available, as well as the community research award info.

DCR Ranger programs on wildlife and vernal pools
2 pages from the DCR rangers. Kelley reccommended the wildlife and vernal pool workshops on pg2.
page 1 page 2

MITS SeaPerch workshop
MITS is holding a SeaPerch Workshop on November 7th and 8th.
Link to their flyer


October event signups We've got two fabulous events going on this month for you and your teams:

Saturday October 19, Volunteer at Sholan Farms, Leominster 9-1
flyer attached, family friendly, lunch provided, RSVP (or at least let me know folks are considering coming) by 10/11

Friday October 25, Workshop for coaches and teams, UMass Amherst 8:30-3
mini-agenda and sign up attached, 10 students: 1 adult, fee for unregistered teams, purchase lunch, RSVP by 10/11

Climate change videos available: EPA Releases New Climate Change Video Series The series supports President Obama’s Climate Action Plan and highlights benefits of reducing energy consumption. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a new series of short public service videos on climate change. The videos cover a range of topics related to climate change, including its causes and impacts, actions Americans can take to reduce their impact, and the benefits to the economy of addressing climate change. The new video series supports the President’s Climate Action Plan by encouraging American families to reduce the amount of energy they consume, cutting down on their utility bills and protecting people’s health.

On June 25th, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change. A warming climate can adversely impact water supplies, agriculture, power and transportation systems as well as health and safety of Americans and the nation’s economy. These videos show that there are simple things that all Americans can do to help.

Watch the video series: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBhfkkujnoRAgTFtLreccWDfpxBIspCGv

Download broadcast quality video: http://www.dvidshub.net/unit/usepa#.Ue11v9LVB54

Learn more on climate change: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange

Forestry Conference Tickets available:
Mike Downey Service Forester for Massachusetts DCR has 30 passes/scholarships available for aconference, “Town Forests: Past and Present Celebrating 100 Years of Massachusetts Town Forests A conference for Municipalities, Natural Resource Professionals, Land Trusts, and Community Groups”. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
I told him this would be great for some of the Envirothon teams to go to with their coach’s, after Forests being the Current Event topic for this past Envirothon and Agriculture for the 2014 Current Event topic, which includes Forests.The website address is: http://massforestalliance.org/fitchburg/

Let Brita know by 9/12/13 who and how many were going to account for meals and attendance. First come, first served.

End of Summer announcements:
1. First and foremost... congratulations to Newton North High School's stellar Enviorthon team who placed 2nd overall at the 2013 North American Envirothon in Montana. So proud!

2. The 2014 MA Envirothon will held at Sholan Farms in Leominster MA, on Thursday May 15, 2014. It is a terrific site in so many ways, most of all in light of our current issue: Local Sustainable Agriculture. Heads up for a fall volunteer day and apple picking opportunities.

3. The Mass Envirothon Steering Committee read and analyzed your responses from the surveys at and just after the 2013 event. Based on this data, the Committee has voted to keep the 10-per team, 3 longer sessions format that you all so patiently tried out last year. Here are links to the eval results and coach survey if you want to read them. There will be a few slight changes, most importantly tightening up what teams & coaches are doing before and after current issue presentations. We're excited that Sholan farms will be able to provide us with some fabulous and meaningful service learning opportunities in place of the non-competitive activities (even though fishing and disc golf were a huge hit at Borderland.) Thank you to those coaches who took time to complete the longer survey, your comments were illuminating.

4. Saving of dates:
9/24/13 Webinar for new coaches (know anyone who might want to participate? send them my way!)

Saturday in Oct : volunteer at Sholan Farms

10/25/13 UMass Amherst workshop

1/31/14 Program registration form and payment due (form is in process...)

late January Worcester Tech workshop

4/5/14 Spring workshop at Alden Lab

5/1/14 Final Team list due

5/15/14 2014 MA Envirothon, Sholan Farms, Leominster, MA


2014 Current Issue Announced:
Sustainable Local Agriculture
Visit our Current Issue Page to learn more!