Three Important Things Happened This Week
IECA members and friends: Hi. Three important things happened this week for our professional association:
1. Vice-Chair Lee Ahern posted a draft Code of Ethics, and we fielded a productive range of comments about the substance of the code, as well as the role it might play in our association moving forward. An important second conversation emerged about the need to make sure our policies and offerings truly reflect the "international" nature of our association. In the coming weeks, a revised Code of Ethics will be discussed by the Board and, if approved, will be put before the membership for a vote.
2. IECA submitted an application to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to obtain observer as a research and independent non-governmental organization (RINGO) eligible to attend future Conference of Parties (COP) meetings. For more information, see http://www.ringos.net/ and http://unfccc.int/2860.php. We will get an answer from the UN later this Spring. This move was one of the key reasons why we formed a new non-profit organization based on a common interest in promoting environmental communication research and practice around the world.
3. The IECA held its February board meeting, and I chaired that meeting for the final time. At the June 2013 board meeting (to be held during the COCE conference in Uppsala, Sweden), I will turn the gavel over to incoming chair Lee Ahern, who will lead the association for the next two years. This change of leadership will mark the beginning of a new period of growth for the association, and is a sign the IECA is here to stay.
Please spread the word about IECA, and encourage interested friends and colleagues to support this association with their memberships and donations. Great times ahead!!