Blog posts categorized by Environmental Report Cards
Workshop participants in Nadi, Fiji

Streamlining environmental reporting in the Pacific region

Jane Thomas ·
2 April 2012
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In March, Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, and I traveled to Nadi, Fiji to facilitate a workshop aimed at streamlining environmental reporting in the Pacific region. The 2010 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ and Forum Economic Ministers’ directive on reporting acknowledged the need to streamline global, regional and national reporting to reduce the reporting burden at the national level.

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Presentation at the Joint Meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and Hypoxia Task Force.

Developing a Gulf of Mexico report card

Bill Dennison ·
13 January 2012
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Our IAN group likes to tackle large complex projects on iconic ecosystems, while working with interesting and knowledgeable people. We love the immersive learning that comes with challenging projects and good teams. The Gulf of Mexico report card project is one of those exciting projects on an iconic ecosystem with a good team.

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A prototype in a trifold

Report card days of Christmas

Bill Dennison ·
11 January 2012
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As part of the Gulf of Mexico Summit, we had the opportunity to present our prototype report card. For the presentation of the prototype Gulf of Mexico report card, we assembled our six man report card team: Drs. Larry McKinney and Wes Tunnell from the Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University, Drs. Mark Harwell and Jack Gentile, Harwell, Gentile & Associates, and Drs.

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A vision for the Gulf of Mexico Report Card.

Gulf of Mexico Summit 2011

Heath Kelsey ·
9 January 2012
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The Summit … Earlier this month I got to participate in what everyone hopes is a seminal moment for the future of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Summit 2011 brought together invitees from scientific, academic, government, industry, NGO, and environmental law communities in the region for 5 days in Houston, Texas in early December.

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Western Australia Department of Water staff (left to right): Catherine Thomson, Tracy Calvert, Vanessa Forbes, Kieryn Kilminster.

Developing a Swan River report card

Bill Dennison ·
8 June 2011
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The Swan-Canning River is the estuary adjacent to Perth, the capital of Western Australia, and its seaport, Fremantle at the mouth. The Swan is famous for its iconic black swans and has dolphins that regularly swim up to the foreshore of the central business district of Perth. It supports seagrasses (black swan food), prawns and fish, but has some severe water quality problems.

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Stoplight colors

Stoplight colors for environmental report cards

Bill Dennison ·
13 May 2011
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The use of red, yellow and green for denoting different levels of concern in environmental report cards has its origin in human perceptions of color. The color red is associated with blood and fire, which are instinctively perceived as 'danger'. Red is classified as a 'warm' color and infrared light is essentially heat. The color yellow is associated with warning, like a wasp with its yellow and black bands. The color green is associated with healthy vegetation, like tree leaves or grass.

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Where river meets sea: exploring Australia's estuaries

Two Guys and a Tinny: Conducting estuarine assessments

Bill Dennison ·
25 February 2011
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I had the opportunity to catch up with Steven Walker, the Executive Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland. Years ago, Steven and I worked on an interesting project which was to assess the health of the 1000+ Australian estuaries as part of the National Land and Water Resources Audit. The estuary project was divided into three components, 1) a concept mapping and initial assessment of each estuary (summarized in the book "Where River Meets Sea:

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Several basic steps are involved in producing report cards.

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 6 - Five step program for environmental report cards

Bill Dennison ·
30 December 2010
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PART 6; Five step program for environmental report cards … Several basic steps are involved in producing report cards. Let me go through five steps of generating Report Cards that we've generated. And they are relatively simple and straightforward. First is to draw it, to create the conceptual framework. Second, is to choose the indicators. Third is to define the thresholds. Fourth is to calculate a scorecard. And fifth and most importantly, communicate it.

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Chester River Report Card

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 5 - Report card examples

Bill Dennison ·
28 December 2010
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PART 5; Report card examples … Another aspect that I think has a lot of similarities to Ontario right now with your thirty-six conservational authorities doing these Report Cards, is that first in some areas where you don't have a lot of resources, that citizens and scientists become a really powerful tool. And we've developed a coalition around these citizen and scientist groups. An example is the Chester River, and citizen science group call themselves the Chester Testers.

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Chesapeake Bay Report Card

Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 4 - Environmental Report Cards

Bill Dennison ·
27 December 2010
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PART 4; Environmental Report Cards … Let me talk about one science communication tool that we've been developing, that we think is really powerful, and this is the Environmental Report Card. They're really powerful for three big reasons. One is they are a really good peer pressure motivator, because peer pressure motivates human change. The story I'll give here is the Chesapeake Bay Report Card.

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