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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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December 23, 2014

Salt marshes and Superfund sites – a trip to coastal Georgia

Alex Fries and I traveled to Brunswick, Georgia to facilitate a workshop on a coastal Georgia report card for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resources Division. Where is Brunswick, Georgia, you ask? Brunswick is approximately 1 hour north of Jacksonville, FL off the I-95 corridor.                 […]

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December 16, 2014

Within Our Reach provides insights into engaging communities and restoration of the Willamette River

Tracey Saxby and I were in Corvallis, Oregon this week for the “Within Our Reach” conference on Willamette River restoration. The conference is supported by the Myer Memorial Trust (MMT) and is the brainchild of Pam Wiley, the Willamette River Initiative Director for MMT. IAN has been working with MMT for several years now, beginning with […]

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December 2, 2014

How is your ecosystem doing? Advances in the use and understanding of ecosystem indicators workshop

As part of the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona, Spain, Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town) and I organized a pre-conference workshop on ecosystem indicators. This workshop proved to be a valuable opportunity to explore the development and use of ecosystem indicators. The workshop summary is as follows: How is your ecosystem doing? […]

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October 28, 2014

Long Island Sound Report Card

On October 9th, Bill Dennison, Caroline Donovan, and I traveled to New Rochelle, New York, for a meeting on the Long Island Sound Report Card. The Long Island Sound Study includes two working groups, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), and the Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). These committees had a joint meeting on October […]

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October 21, 2014

Mississippi report card video

As part of the release of the draft Mississippi River report card, we partnered with

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October 14, 2014

Mississippi River report card song

We recently (1-2 October 2014) launched the draft Mississippi River report card in Louisville, KY as part of the America’s Watershed Initiative Summit. The process of developing the report card is depicted in the following poem I wrote for the occasion.   We started out in St. Louis, Missouri We set the goal–a watershed report […]

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