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    5 Weeks
  • Effort:
    5–8 hours per week
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    Introductory
  • Language:
    English
  • Video Transcripts:
    English, Español, हिन्दी, 日本語, Wikang Tagalog
  • Course Type:
    Self-paced on your time

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About this course

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Imagine if you had the tools that would galvanize volunteers to protect their local river, inspire politicians to fund restoration activities, or stimulate engineers to devise ways to reduce pollution. Socio-environmental report cards synthesize data from scientists and volunteers and convert it into an image-rich format that is easily accessible to a wide stakeholder audience.

Report card grades also tap into a powerful human motivator: peer pressure. Civic leaders and community members can compare their grades with their neighbors, and we have learned that these comparisons lead to a desire for better environmental outcomes in their own backyard.

For nearly two decades, our team has worked with local river protection groups to develop comprehensive assessments of iconic ecosystems like the Chesapeake Bay (United States of America) and the Great Barrier Reef (Australia). These socio-environmental report cards have been used to catalyze improvements in ecosystem health, motive cooperative problem-solving, guide restoration efforts, and stimulate relevant research.

We can no longer be content to just study environmental or natural resource-related problems. The challenges and negative environmental impacts of climate change and other myriad environmental management issues are upon us. We need to use science to inspire real change. We’ll show you how.

What you'll learn

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  • How to compare and contrast different environmental approaches and socio-environmental report cards.
  • How to critique the different approaches used in environmental assessments and socio-environmental report cards.
  • How to create image-rich socio-environmental report cards that are accessible to a wide and diverse audience.
  • How to create a reporting framework for a case study to generate a socio-environmental report cards.

Meet your instructors

William “Bill” Dennison
Vice President for Science Application
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences
Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen
Science Integrator with the Integration and Application Network
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences
Richard Arnold
Director of STEM Engagement
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences

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