We are so excited that the Maine Environmental Changemakers Network is continuing to get fantastic press for the work they are doing. After wrapping up the 2019 annual gathering the Changemakers were featured in both the Boothbay Register and the Wiscasset Newspaper. It is wonderful to get national recognition for things like our UL Innovative Education Award but we especially love connecting our work to the Maine communities we serve and champion! Visit our Changemakers page if you are interested in learning more about this great program!
We have exciting news to share with our MEEA community – our Maine Environmental Changemakers Network has been honored for our excellence in environmental education as a 2019 UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA) winner!
The UL Innovative Education Award is celebrating five years of recognizing organizations in the United States and Canada that demonstrate effective educational programming and community engagement. The program is supported through a partnership between Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). To celebrate UL’s 125th Anniversary, six ULIEA winners were selected.
We are thrilled to be honored as a third-teir winner and to receive $25,000! (Want to see our team surprised with the announcement of winning? Watch this fun video to see our reaction!)
We are so honored to be selected for this incredibly competitive award and are really excited to use these funds to help support Maine youth in our network as they launch their own environmental action projects in their schools or communities and gain access to additional leadership training. We are so deeply grateful to all the amazing youth, and adult mentors who have made this program a success and to the organizations who have supported the growth of this network!
While winning provides invaluable support for us to continue to refine and develop our programs, we are also excited to join the established network of ULIEA alumni awardees. Last week we met in Chicago with our fellow 2019 winners, along with experts from UL and NAAEE, to further discuss environmental STEM education and how we can collaborate on social impact projects to engage youth, inspire leadership, and drive sustainable change.
“It is truly a privilege to recognize the important work of the UL Innovative Education Award winners, and to help them continue to bring unique and engaging learning opportunities to students in their regions,” said Cara Gizzi, VP of Education and Outreach, Underwriters Laboratories. “Over the past five years, 26 total winners received over $1.275 million to support environmental STEM programs, and they’ve built a strong network with like-minded organizations around the U.S. and Canada. This year’s cohort reaches a diverse group of audiences with innovative programming that can serve as a model for programs around the globe.”
To learn more about the UL Innovative Education Award, please visit ulinnovationeducation.naaee.net.
We are incredibly excited to announce that Alex Grindle from The Ecology School has been elected as MEEA’s new Board President! We are additionally grateful to Linda Woodard who served as our Interim Board President when Olivia Griset transitioned to her new position as our first Executive Director.
Alex is the Director of Programs at The Ecology School and you can read more about her background and experience, and learn more about The Ecology School, by visiting this post on their website. Congratulations Alex and we couldn’t feel more fortunate to have you as our new Board President!
In the past two years a diverse group of Maine organizations has converged around a shared vision of deepening youth connections to nature through learning, service, and leadership. This group has been called the Nature Based Education Consortium (NBEC). The Consortium has a steering committee and multiple task forces (Advocacy and Policy, Communications, and Understanding the State of Nature-based Education in Maine) and has developed a shared vision:
“In twenty years, Maine is known as a place where our schools and other means for educating young people are key elements in vibrant communities connected to the natural landscapes of Maine - the lands, waterways, and ocean. Maine students understand the connection between their health and the health of the natural world. They are civically engaged members of their communities, towns and regions.”
Now the Consortium is ready to hire its first staff member! Jump to our page for Job Seekers to learn more and apply today!
We are so incredibly proud of Changemaker and MEEA staff member Nyaruot Nguany’s recent award as Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s Healthy Food Champion of 2019. The Portland Press Herald did a wonderful feature on Nyaruot which can be found here! Congrats Nyaruot and THANK YOU for all your efforts!
A partnership between the Maine Math and Science Alliance and the Maine Environmental Education Association is spearheading a Census of Community-Based Environmental Learning in Maine. The project takes the first steps toward building the capacity and networks for community-based environmental education fields in the state of Maine. A census to determine who, where, and how K-12 youth are engaging in this type of learning will be deployed between October 2018-February 2019, and a final report will be available in Spring 2019. The project is generously supported by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.Read More
2018 Environmental Education Awards
NOMINATE AN OUTSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR OR PROGRAM
Deadline: December 18, 2018
Do you know an exceptional environmental educator in your Maine community? What about a school that is going above and beyond educating their students about nature and the environment? Is there a local land trust program or nonprofit program that has impacted your life? How about a Maine business you respect for their commitment to sustainability and the environment? If you can answer YES to any of these questions then nominate them so that their achievements can be publicly recognized at the 2018 Awards Night on January 30, 2019 at Maine Audubon Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, Maine.
The 2017 Awards were given to:
The Dedham School: The Maine Environmental Education Association School of the Year
The Portland Water District: The Excellence in Environmental Education Program Award
Monica Wright: Eberhard Thiele Environmental Educator of the Year
Samar Ahmed: The Maine Environmental Education Association Student of the Year
Dorcas Miller: The Maine Environmental Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award