Blog posts categorized by Environmental Report Cards
The report card press conference was held in the Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center overlooking the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Credit: Suzi Spitzer

Long Island Sound Report Card release in Westport, Connecticut

Suzanne Webster ·
17 June 2015
Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | Applying Science | 

On June 8, 2015 the Integration & Application Network and its many partners held two simultaneous press conferences to announce the first report card about the health of Long Island Sound. Bill Dennison and Alex Fries traveled to Glen Cove, New York, on the south shore of the Sound, while Caroline Donovan and I headed north to the Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center in Westport, Connecticut.

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Russell Train and Jeremy Testa at Fireside Chat event, Horn Point Laboratory.

Brainstorming in the Innovation Room with World Wildlife Fund

Bill Dennison ·
30 March 2015
Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | 

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) 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.

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Participants at the Great Barrier Reef Resilience Index Workshop at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia

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

Heath Kelsey ·
23 March 2015
Environmental Report Cards | 

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 traveled to Townsville, Australia to continue the development of the Great Barrier Reef Resilience Index.

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Participants at the Mackay report card design workshop, 24 February. credit: Simone Richards

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

Heath Kelsey ·
9 March 2015
Environmental Report Cards | 

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 issues related to report card development, and help sketch out the draft report card in a storyboard exercise.

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The Orinco River Basin. Credit: WWF

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

Simon Costanzo ·
6 March 2015
Environmental Report Cards | 

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 River within Colombia - The Meta, Bita and Guaviare Rivers.

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The Elizabeth River Project’s Floating Classroom. Credit: Elizabeth River Project

Kick-starting Collective Impact in Five Easy Report Card Steps

Heath Kelsey ·
23 February 2015
Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | 

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 a few days ago, and it resonated strongly with me.

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The W. J. DeFelice Marine Center makes a striking appearance on the horizon, seen from Little Caillou road.

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

Bill Nuttle ·
4 February 2015
Environmental Report Cards | 

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 coastal waters of the Gulf, just as they do in many estuaries around the world including the Chesapeake Bay.

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