Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan technical report

Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan"Climate change is real. Scientists agree. It's happening now. It's harmful and human-caused. We can make a difference through our actions." In 2009, Governor Martin O'Malley and Maryland's General Assembly charged the State with developing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by the year 2020. This report provides a detailed overview of the plan, describing Maryland's vulnerability to climate change and detailing Maryland's 150-plus Greenhouse Gas Reduction programs and initiatives and their associated benefits.

Long Island Sound Ecosystem Health Report Card

Long Island Sound grant announcement receptionKen Barton and Heath Kelsey attended the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant announcement reception in Norwalk, Connecticut on October 24. IAN was awarded a grant for the Long Island Sound Ecosystem Heath project. A report card for Long Island Sound will be created, as well as report cards for Hempstead Harbor in New York and the Westport/Fairfield embayment in Connecticut. Planning is underway for project workshops in early 2014.

Behavior Change Survey presented at Chesapeake Watershed Forum

Behavior Change Survey posterAlex Fries and Caroline Wicks attended the annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum in Shepherdstown, WV. They presented a poster on the Behavior Change Survey that IAN has developed with Steve Raabe of OpinionWorks. The poster describes the purpose of the survey, the seven key stewardship behaviors that the survey targets, and provides contact information and a QR code for attendees to use to take the survey. The three-day Forum also included keynote speakers, plenary sessions, and hands-on workshop activities all focused on Chesapeake research, science, and restoration.

IAN welcomes Jamie Testa

Jamie Testa and lionfishJamie Testa recently joined IAN as a Science Communication Assistant. Jamie is a native of upstate NY and received her Bachelors in Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Previously Jamie worked for Maryland Department of Natural Resources as the Sea Turtle and Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator and as an informal educator of various specialties. In her free time, Jamie enjoys traveling, attempts at craftiness, culinary adventures, and chasing after her toddler.