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February 8, 2016

Engaged participants made the Indian River Lagoon Report Card workshop a pleasure to facilitate!

On Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, 2016, IAN staff facilitated the kickoff workshop for an Indian River Lagoon report card. The Lagoon is located on the east coast of Florida, stretching from above Cape Canaveral south all the way to Stuart, where the St. Lucie River meets the Lagoon and flows out into […]

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February 4, 2016

In and around the Indian River Lagoon

On Wednesday, January 20, we were lucky enough to get an up close and personal look at the Indian River Lagoon from top to bottom. Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, and myself started the day with a visit to the Marine Discovery Center (MDC), a not-for-profit that aims “to protect and restore the Florida […]

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January 26, 2016

Using Conceptionary to initiate discussion on barriers for implementing report cards

As part of our Integration and Application Network (IAN), University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we held a one day workshop on 7 May 2015 in Annapolis. The purpose of this workshop was to develop strategies to overcome barriers for implementing environmental report cards. We had […]

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January 12, 2016

There’s a track winding back to Stung Treng, Cambodia

In October 2015, I made the great journey back to Cambodia for my second time that year. I love the trip there as you get to fly right over the North Pole and see icebergs! I think I mentioned that already in my previous blog about Cambodia. Anyways, this was a follow-up trip for the […]

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December 29, 2015

Integration and Application Network in 2015: The year in review

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) had an amazing year in 2015. IAN Press produced 33 products, 78 blogs were posted by 13 different IAN staff and by the 15 graduate students in the Science for Environmental Management course, and IAN staff were in various media reports 109 times. The IAN Facebook page posted 582 […]

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December 8, 2015

Know the connection, know your coast: Coastal Georgia’s first ecosystem report card

The Coastal Georgia Ecosystem Report Card was released November 13th, in Brunswick, Georgia. Heath Kelsey and I traveled to Georgia for the release event, which included both a media talk and a more detailed technical talk on the report card results. The director of Georgia DNR’s Coastal Resources Division, Spud Woodward, gave an overview talk […]

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November 13, 2015

Developing a report card for the Florida Reef Tract

Jane Thomas, Caroline Donovan, and I visited Ft. Lauderdale, FL to facilitate a workshop for the development of the Pilot Report Card for the Florida Reef Tract with our partners from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. The workshop and report card was a follow-up to the workshop for creation of the pilot report card for […]

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October 30, 2015

The Mississippi River Watershed Report Card is released

On October 14, 2015, in St. Louis, Missouri, I unveiled the Report Card for the Mississippi River Watershed, a project that almost everyone on the IAN Science Communication team has worked on at some point since 2012. The event was on the roof top patio of at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in Downtown […]

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October 27, 2015

Get the grade – Worldwide WWF-IAN partnership launches in Stockholm

Our partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was officially launched at World Water Week this past August 2015. This new partnership aims to widen the audience and uptake of report cards as an environmental management tool for river basins around the world. I represented IAN-UMCES at the event which is held each year in […]

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October 20, 2015

Lessons learned during the Long Island Sound report card process

Caroline Donovan and I were invited to speak at the joint meeting of the Long Island Sound’s Citizens Advisory (CAC) and Science and Technical Advisory Committees (STAC). After completing the Long Island Sound Report Card in June, they asked us to give some wrap up and next steps information for where the report card is […]

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