Check back here for important updates about the development of the Great Lakes Clean Communities Network (GLCCN).
- Planning for the next Advisory Board meeting has begun. It is anticipated to take place in mid-February.
- Mini-grants are coming in 2016.
- Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the GLCCN team!
- We are testing a private messaging feature to incorporate into the GLCCN. This will allow users to send private messages to one another.
- The GLCCN team is finalizing another co-branding plan with the Great Lakes Protection Fund.
- We are looking for organizations to take Groups to the next level on the GLCCN. Create a group at www.glccn.org.
- The first release of the GLCCN is available! Visit www.glccn.org to create your account.
- Team members attended the HOW Conference in Chicago, IL, to share the GLCCN.
- The team met with the Advisory Board in Chicago, IL. Many thanks to the Board for their very insightful feedback and great discussion.
- Testing and improvements on the site are ongoing - we're finalizing many features, including an interactive map of users and interacting via groups.
- The GLCCN interface got another facelift this month. The new design is officially up on the development site. New features include being able to sort tools.
- A complete version of the EcoScore workbook is almost finalized and ready to share with pilot communities.
- We are continuing to flesh out our next co-branding piece. We're excited to share glimpses of it soon.
- We're getting underway with the next round of co-branding. We shared some fun ideas with the GLPF.
- The date has been set for the next Advisory Board meeting - July 9 in Chicago.
- Jeremiah Asher presented on the EcoScore during a webinar hosted by the North Central Regional Water Program.
- Happy Earth Day! Check out our special edition newsletter.
- We have begun planning for the next Advisory Board meeting, set to occur in early summer.
- Several partners fully tested the EcoScore this month. We're reviewing feedback and determining thresholds for awards.
- GLCCN team members attended the MWEA Summit on March 25. It was great to connect with attendees.
- We're having another round of beta-testing for the GLCCN. If you'd like to test out the website, contact us.
- We are continuing to develop an awards process for the GLCCN. Stay tuned for how you can be recognized for your environmental efforts.
- The Network site is coming along nicely. Features soon to be added include improved profile and group settings.
- Our first Advisory Board meeting took place on January 22. We would like to thank all the Board members for their insights and feedback.
- We are in the process of developing several different marketing materials for the GLCCN. Keep an eye out for them later this year.
- Social media modules are being finalized by our partners at the University of Michigan School of Information. These will highlight best practices for social media by non-profit organizations.
- A new "Groups" feature on the website is being developed. This will allow users to share ideas and connect with others on the GLCCN.
- Ongoing improvements to the EcoScore are being added that will make completing an application easier and faster.
- A Featured Story spotlight is being incorporated into the GLCCN. Here, users will be able to share their successes and highlight innovative approaches to common problems in the Great Lakes.
- We are developing plans to have Expert Reviewers on the GLCCN. These individuals would comb through the many tools available on the site and provide a more in-depth review of the tools.
- Several website improvements are also being added, including the ability for users to rate tools.
- We want to send a huge thank you to everyone who participated in Phase I testing of the GLCCN interface. Your comments are extremely valuable to us and will help improve the GLCCN.
- The Ecological Scorecard for the Network has come a long way. The evaluation questionnaire and dashboard are currently being tested.
- Our team presented at the North Central Regional Water Network's Extension Beyond Borders Conference.
- Headed to the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference? Be sure to attend the Connecting Communities: Sharing Tools and Technologies session on September 10, 2014, from 9:45-10:45 am. The Network will be featured during the presentation. We'll also be located at booth 24 in the exhibit hall. Come visit with Ken Freestone, GLCCN Communications.
- The GLCCN has reached 100 likes on Facebook. Keep them coming. Visit www.facebook.com/glccn.
- We did a major overhaul of this project website-- a new look and feel to match the Network hub being developed. We also added pages for each component of the online Network, new screens of the prototype interface in the Gallery, and added an FAQ section.
- We're in the final stages of developing a co-branding video with the Great Lake Protection Fund on the benefits of creating and sustaining the Great Lakes Clean Communities Network. Look for the official launch of the video soon!
- We officially have a direct link to our Facebook account. Visit www.facebook.com/glccn!
- The GLCCN is getting a facelift. We have a brand new logo, featured below. Significant progress is also being made on the Network's interface. This month, our programmers are working on adding and searching for tools on the website. We'll be posting screenshots on the Gallery.
- Our July Newsletter is out. Be sure to check it out.
- The Eco Scorecard is coming along nicely. Many thanks to the Nature Conservancy and participating partners for all of their work on this with us. Programming of the Scorecard will begin soon!
- We're working on further defining a sustainability plan for the Network to make sure it continues well into the future.
- GLCCN staff met with the Green Communities Challenge this month to discuss potential collaborations.
We had a very productive meeting with several multi-state partners of the GLCCN, representing municipalities, watershed organizations, non-profits and universities. Discussions helped us further define the GLCCN as we prepare to launch the Network. Partners also got a sneak peak at the research the University of Michigan School of Information is conducting on social media strategies for non-profit organizations. We appreciate all of the feedback we received during the meeting and want to give a huge thanks for partners' contributions.
- The GLCCN has reached over 200 interested members! We are updating our participation map and will post it on the Gallery page soon.
- The GLCCN team is reviewing the first clickable prototype of the GLCCN portal. We're very excited to share screenshots of the prototype soon!
- Our team was very pleased to meet GLCCN members at the Michigan Water Environment Association's Watershed Summit.
- A new logo is being designed for the GLCCN. Stay tuned!
- We want your input! Take our survey and tell us what you want to see in the GLCCN. Take the survey here.
- We want to spread participation in the GLCCN across the entire Great Lakes. Share the GLCCN newsletter with your colleagues and networks and enter to win a beautiful framed Great Lakes photo by Michigan photographer Mary Hilldore. More information here.
- Happy New Year! The GLCCN wants you to Join Our Network! We're challenging all Great Lakes water quality champions and practitioners to sign-up today and help us reach a network of 300 participants. Sign-up here.
- We've now got a Twitter account. Follow us at https://twitter.com/GLCCNetwork.
- Development of the Network's website has begun! Stay tuned for screen shots in the coming months.
- The team is working on developing a short video piece about the GLCCN and the Great Lakes Protection Fund. The video should be available in 2014.
- Work is beginning on the Network's Ecological Scorecard. The scorecard will provide those participating in the Network to evaluate their environmental progress and will incorporate indicators such as air quality, water quality and habitat.
- Our collaborators at the University of Michigan have started conducting interviews on how environmental organizations utilize information technologies and social media in their programs. Some interesting patterns are emerging. Stay tuned for the results.
- It's anticipated that a prototype system will be available in early 2014. Check back here for updates!
- Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming, brief survey about the GLCCN. We want to know your thoughts and needs for the network.
- Our partner communities provided some valuable feedback that will help guide a short user survey (see below) and the network itself. They highlighted common environmental problems like stormwater management and brownfield remediation. They also brainstormed ways the network could best serve its end-users.
- We are in the process of developing a survey to assess user needs for the network. We encourage all users to participate. This will be a great opportunity to be directly involved in guiding the development of the network.
- The GLCCN was featured on the Greening of the Great Lakes radio program. Click here to listen to the interview.
- Collaborators at the University of Michigan are developing interview questions for those who participated in the tool evaluation survey. Interviews will focus primarily on social media usage. Results from the interviews will be incorporated into the network.
- A lot of interest has been generated in the GLCCN and we've mapped out interested network participants. Go to the Gallery to view the map.
- View our latest newsletter here.
- Remember to like our project Facebook page. Each week, Great Lakes related news, events, and GLCCN updates are posted.
- Evaluations of the 50+ online tools are in and currently being processed. These tools will be categorized and made available on the Great Lakes Clean Communities Network (GLCCN) when the evaluation is complete.
- Over 100 interested users have joined the Network!
- We recently sent out our first of a series of periodic newsletters to keep interested people up-to-date with the project as it progresses. Also, those that subscribe to the newsletter will be invited to join the network when it becomes available later next year. Click subscribe to receive our period newsletter.
- Two additional partners have recently joined in the development of the network; Delhi Township, near Lansing, MI and representative from Purdue University in Indiana are now beta-testing partners for the GLCCN. If you or your community are interested in becoming a beta-tester of the GLCCN or would like to find out more about what our beta-testing partners do, please follow up through our contact page.
- Our Facebook page is up and running. Check it out for weekly tool posts and Great Lakes-related videos, photos and more.