Web-Based Environmental Assessment Tool Expansion

Web-Based Environmental Assessment Tool Expansion

Situation/Need:
Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and Michigan State University have independently developed web based environmental assessment tools designed to help local units of government and environmental groups gauge and improve the effectiveness of their natural resource management initiatives. These tools, Wisconsin Water Star and the Great Lakes Clean Communities Network’s Ecological Scorecard, could gain wider adoption in the North Central Region if more stakeholders are aware they exist and understand how they can be utilized or adapted to work in each state.

Goals/Actions:
Our project plan is to investigate the potential for expanding the Wisconsin Water Star program to Michigan and Ohio, and perhaps other states in the NCR, through integrating Wisconsin Water Star with Michigan State University’s soon to be released environmental assessment tool, the Ecological Score Card. Our final report will outline a strategy to support the wider adoption of Michigan and Wisconsin’s existing web based environmental assessments in the NCR, and discuss the opportunities for further integration of these existing tools into a common, regional, web based presence.

Intended Impacts:
This project will deliver a multi-state plan to help states in the NCR utilize the Ecological Score Care and adapt the Wisconsin Water Star program to support the water resource management needs of each state.

Timeline:
Our first regional webinar designed to introduce Water Star and the Ecological Score Card to stakeholders in the NCR, and get input on how these programs could be better marketed and adapted, occurred in February 2015.

April 28, 2015 Webinar

During this 90-minute webinar, UW-Extension, Michigan State University, and their partners introduced these innovative tools, described how they benefit YOUR local community, and facilitated feedback on how the tools can be modified to enhance their broader use.

Watch webinar here! 

Contact:

Jeremiah Asher
Director of Information Technology
Institute of Water Research, Michigan State University
asherjer@msu.edu
(517) 432-5586