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  • Developing Environmental Report Cards - Dennison

    1. 1. Developing environmental report cards Bill Dennison 12 Dec 2012 Conference Corvallis, Oregon
    2. 2. Chesapeake Bay report card
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. Chesapeake Bay report card developed Chesapeake Bay report card
    5. 5. Environmental report cards identify ecological tipping points
    6. 6. Citizen scientists increasingly involved in regional report cards
    7. 7. Innovations in governance: CompStat• CompStat developedin New York City in1995• Jack Maple, WilliamBratton• Crime reductions• Spread to other cities
    8. 8. Innovations in governance: CitiStat• CitiStat developed inBaltimore in 2000• Mayor Martin O’Malley• Crimereductions, absenteereductions, improved cityservices
    9. 9. BayStat: Developed for Chesapeake Bay• BayStat developed inMaryland in 2006• Gov. Martin O’Nalley• Chesapeake Baynutrient reductions• Timely, accurateintelligence shared byall
    10. 10. Five steps for reporting Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Create Choose Define Calculate Communicateconceptual indicators thresholds scorecard resultsframework
    11. 11. Step 1: Create conceptual framework
    12. 12. Step 2: Choose indicatorsthat convey meaningful ecological information and can be measured reliably
    13. 13. Step 3: Define thresholdsand reporting regions to establish environmental benchmarks and spatial details
    14. 14. Step 4: Calculate scorecardfor dissemination to decision-makers, resource managers, and interested public Chesapeake Bay report card
    15. 15. Step 5: Communicate resultseffectively through mass media with supporting material in technical or web-based venues
    16. 16. Great Barrier Reef Report Card• Pressure – state – response indicators• Response indicators reported by industry sectors (canegrowers, farmers, graziers)
    17. 17. Environmental report cards can be a toolwithin a broader environmental campaign
    18. 18. 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

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