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Developing Environmental Report Cards - Dennison

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  • Developing environmental report cards Bill Dennison 12 Dec 2012 Conference Corvallis, Oregon
  • Chesapeake Bay report card
  • Chesapeake Bay Program indicators • In 2005, there were 101 indicators; mixed ‘state’ and ‘response’ indicators • No hierarchy or combined indices • Presented as stand alone style - didn’t tell a complete story • Long lag time between monitoring and indicator availability • Often with poor spatial representation Current list of Chesapeake Bay Program indicators as they appear on the website
  • Chesapeake Bay report card developed Chesapeake Bay report card
  • Environmental report cards identify ecological tipping points
  • Citizen scientists increasingly involved in regional report cards
  • Innovations in governance: CompStat• CompStat developedin New York City in1995• Jack Maple, WilliamBratton• Crime reductions• Spread to other cities
  • Innovations in governance: CitiStat• CitiStat developed inBaltimore in 2000• Mayor Martin O’Malley• Crimereductions, absenteereductions, improved cityservices
  • BayStat: Developed for Chesapeake Bay• BayStat developed inMaryland in 2006• Gov. Martin O’Nalley• Chesapeake Baynutrient reductions• Timely, accurateintelligence shared byall
  • Five steps for reporting Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Create Choose Define Calculate Communicateconceptual indicators thresholds scorecard resultsframework
  • Step 1: Create conceptual framework
  • Step 2: Choose indicatorsthat convey meaningful ecological information and can be measured reliably
  • Step 3: Define thresholdsand reporting regions to establish environmental benchmarks and spatial details
  • Step 4: Calculate scorecardfor dissemination to decision-makers, resource managers, and interested public Chesapeake Bay report card
  • Step 5: Communicate resultseffectively through mass media with supporting material in technical or web-based venues
  • Great Barrier Reef Report Card• Pressure – state – response indicators• Response indicators reported by industry sectors (canegrowers, farmers, graziers)
  • Environmental report cards can be a toolwithin a broader environmental campaign
  • Why do environmental report cards work?• Peer pressure is a powerful human motivator• Educational report cards are a common experience• Report cards synthesize large amounts of data