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April 28, 2015

A report card to tell your mom about: Environmental report cards provide transparent assessments of our aquatic ecosystems

Melanie Jackson, Chih-Hsien (Michelle) Lin, Detbra Rosales Students in grammar school and all the way to college have anxiety about receiving report cards, and often times devise plans for the best time to tell their parents about their not so stellar grades. Explaining poor grades to parents can involve tactics such as blaming the teacher […]

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April 23, 2015

Willamette River Report Card – I can see the light at the end of the tunnel

Developing a new report card is not a trivial business and can take a lot of time and effort on everyone’s behalf. The Willamette River Report Card has been no exception with over eight months since start date and upwards of 20 indicators initially proposed by stakeholders from 25 organizations at four workshops. Despite information […]

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March 30, 2015

Brainstorming in the Innovation Room with World Wildlife Fund

Simon Costanzo, Alex Fries and I travelled into Washington D.C. for a brainstorming session with colleagues at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The brainstorming took place in a cozy room located in one of the far corners of the WWF office suite. It turns out that it used to be the office of the WWF […]

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March 23, 2015

Developing an Index of Resilience to Climate Change Impacts to the Great Barrier Reef – Workshop 3, Townsville, Australia.

This is part two of a three part series of blog posts about developing a reef resilience index for the Great Barrier Reef at a workshop in Townsville in March 2015 The Great Barrier Reef Resilience Index As part of a joint project of UMCES and Charles Darwin University, Jane Thomas, Bill Dennison and I […]

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March 9, 2015

Mackay Report Card Workshop – Mackay, Queensland Australia 24 February 2015.

As a follow-on from the Gladstone Harbor Report Card, which IAN helped design last year, I had the chance to help Queensland Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) develop a draft report card for the next region, in Mackay. I attended the workshop in Mackay on February 24, to facilitate the discussion about report cards, discuss […]

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March 6, 2015

Our first report card in South America – The Orinoco River Basin, Colombia

This February, I headed further south in America than I have ever before…..to Colombia in South America (still in the northern hemisphere though at 3o N). This trip was on invitation from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington D.C. with the aim to set up a report card for three tributaries of the Orinoco […]

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March 2, 2015

Collective impact and ecosystem health report cards: The product enables the process

This is the second of two Blogs about the intersection of the Collective Impact approach and ecosystem health report cards. In Part 1, I discuss the principles of collective impact, and how our report card process can be a catalyst for engagement. Part 2 discusses two examples of this process, the first, in the Willamette […]

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February 23, 2015

Kick-starting Collective Impact in Five Easy Report Card Steps

This is the first of two posts about the application of report cards to enable a collective impact process. The collective impact model facilitates positive change Collective Impact is a term used to refer to collaborative projects that create “needle-moving” changes to complex and intransigent problems. I ran across the term for the first time […]

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February 4, 2015

Does rising sea level signal the end for LUMCON, or a beginning?

On December 10, I traveled to Cocodrie, Louisiana, to visit Dr. Nancy Rabalais. Nancy is the Director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), and she has done more than anyone else to draw attention to hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico. Nutrients in runoff from the Mississippi watershed trigger low-oxygen conditions in the shallow […]

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January 15, 2015

Creating reporting boundaries for the Long Island Sound environmental report card

One of the important decisions in developing environmental report cards is choosing the reporting region boundaries. In addition to defining the overall extent of the report card coverage, defining the reporting regions within this coverage is crucial. Since one of the central tenets of environmental report cards produced by the Integration and Application Network is […]

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