Janice joined the IES as an affiliate member in 2007 after meeting an IES staff member at a climate change event. Janice was a elementary (primary) school teacher in Berkeley, California for 35 years before retiring in 2005. Whilst always a passion of hers, since retiring Janice has found time to become involved in local environmental issues through the Healthy Climate Committee in her local branch of the League of Women Voters.
Janice feels that environmental science is under attack from vested interests and she was pleased to find an organisation that promotes the integrity of sound science. Whilst never professionally an environmentalist she supports the work of IES and feels the values of the organisation align with her own.
Janice sees the IES a network hub for information from the UK and internationally. Whilst she would like to see more articles with direct relevance to the USA, she appreciates that membership concentrations may lay elsewhere. However, information from the UK is a useful tool for cross-fertilisation of ideas across the Atlantic. It is a method for selecting best practice and offering practical examples to legislators and business people in the US.
Affiliate members receive electronic copies of the IES newsletter. Janice enjoys reading the journal, which she feels sits perfectly between a scientific journal and magazine, making it readable and accessible to a non-technical audience but containing more in-depth information than a newsstand magazine. The thematic editions give a sensible holistic approach to the diversity of environmental sciences.
As a woman happy to address gender issues that permeate so many sectors of society, Janice has taken an interest in the recent IES commitment to address inequalities in the workplace.
“I was so pleased to see the IES investigate the current injustices facing women working in environmental sciences. The IES has really stepped up to its moral responsibility to work to guarantee justice to women in the work place through its commitment to publicise the problems and seek positive solutions.”
This year through the League of Women Voters she is aiding the launch of Vote Climate 2012, so that her government representatives will be declaring their climate positions during the state and federal elections.