Blog posts categorized by Environmental Literacy
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Great Barrier Reef literacy

Bill Dennison ·
5 April 2013
Environmental Literacy |     1 comments

The concept of environmental literacy derives from a series of programs that have established various literacy principles, for example, ocean literacy and Chesapeake Bay literacy. These distillations attempt to identify the essence of what an informed person needs to know. The literacy principles form the overall outline presented here, but it is in the richness of examples, stories and visual supporting materials that bring the literacy alive. European Space Agency).

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Participants at the workshop in Brisbane.

USAUS-H2O Australian teachers workshop held in Brisbane

Bill Dennison ·
25 March 2013
Environmental Literacy | 

On March 18th and 19th, nine teachers and principals traveled from the far corners of the Australian continent to join the U.S.--Australia Virtual Environmental Partnership. The workshop was held in a very nice conference facility at the Sinclair Knight Merz headquarters in the Southbank area of Brisbane. SKM is a large multinational consulting company specializing in water related issues, and Simon Costanzo, IAN Science Integrator worked at SKM immediately prior to joining IAN.

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US teachers and USAUS team members in Annapolis, MD.

Initiating a virtual environmental partnership between US and Australia teachers and students

Bill Dennison ·
11 March 2013
Environmental Literacy | 

We conducted our first workshop with 8 high school science teachers from around the U.S. to initiate a virtual environmental partnership. This initiative is called USAUS-H2O, and will be officially launched on World Water Day, 22 March 2013. The intent of the program is to educate and inform responsible stewardship of water resources between U.S. and Australian student teams through an interactive-virtual partnership.

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Maryland State Capital building.

Testimony to the Maryland General Assembly in support of compulsory soil phosphorus testing by farmers

Bill Dennison ·
6 March 2013
Environmental Literacy | Applying Science | 

Yesterday, I provided testimony to the Maryland General Assembly in support of a bill that would require Maryland farmers to conduct soil testing for phosphorus levels and to report their findings. The bill was sponsored by Senator Pinsky and my testimony was to the Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs committee, chaired by Senator Joan Carter Conway. My written submission follows:

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The last house on Holland Island (credit: Wikipedia).

Resilience of Coastal Communities Depends on Maintaining Social Infrastructure

Bill Nuttle ·
21 February 2013
Environmental Literacy | Case studies | 

Hurricane Sandy was a wake-up call. More and more, people are asking, "What can be done to sustain coastal communities in the face of climate change and accelerated sea level rise?" The story of Holland Island, a once-thriving fishing community, reveals the importance of maintaining social infrastructure to sustain communities. The last house on Holland Island (credit: Wikipedia). Coastal communities must be resilient to cope with changing conditions served up by a sometimes harsh environment.

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Fred Pomeroy presenting David Harp photo to former Maryland Star Senator C.A. Porter Hopkins (Credit: Drew Koslow).

Dorchester County citizens concerned about Chesapeake Bay

Bill Dennison ·
28 January 2013
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | Applying Science | Learning Science |     2 comments

I attended the 6th Annual Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth meeting at the Dorchester County Historical Society on January 27. It was a good gathering of people who live on or near the streams, rivers and Chesapeake Bay of Dorchester County. Dorchester County has a lot of wetlands and streams, with abundant wildlife. The event featured local oysters on the half shell and goose meat. There were two skipjack captains in the audience as well.

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Michael Douglas and Samantha Setterfield at the EcoSummit in Columbus, Ohio

Establishing a Darwin-IAN approach: Charles Darwin University and the Integration and Application Network

Bill Dennison ·
9 January 2013
Environmental Literacy | Science Communication | Learning Science | 

We said good-bye to Drs. Michael Douglas (‘Dougo’) and Samantha Setterfield (‘Sam’) from Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia last week. Dougo and Sam joined the Integration and Application Network in August 2012 as part of their sabbatical. Dougo was in the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar and he and Sam spent a couple of months at Oregon State University before coming to Maryland.

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and sustainable management of our precious rivers and watersheds.

International RiverFoundation remarks

Bill Dennison ·
2 January 2013
Environmental Literacy | Applying Science | 

One of my favorite things to do in the world is to share these stories of people on convergent journeys, journeys like the one you are on with the Willamette River. The International RiverFoundation (IRF) promotes river restoration, protection and sustainable management of rivers and watersheds. Our vision is a world in which the rivers and watersheds are healthy and sustainably managed.

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Coordinator, City of Portland Rivers Office.

Willamette Through Film festival

Bill Dennison ·
20 December 2012
Environmental Literacy | Learning Science | 

I attended the biennial Within Our Reach conference, held on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis, Oregon. The conference kicked off with a film night, "Willamette Through Film". Three short films were shown in a chronological sequence. The first film from 1939 was sponsored by the Isaac Walton League. They didn't have enough money for a soundtrack so it was a silent film. But Dr. Stan Gregory from Oregon State University provided an entertaining running commentary.

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