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.
October 19, Volunteer at Sholan
Farms, Leominster 9-1
25, Workshop for coaches and
teams, UMass Amherst 8:30-3
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
Conference Tickets available:
Let Brita know by 9/12/13 who and how many were going to account for meals and attendance. First come, first served.
of Summer announcements:
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:
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