Jason Samenow: 2010 Climate Change Communicator of the Year

Jason Samenow is an environmental scientist working in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Change Division in Washington, DC. A meteorologist by training, with degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Samenow has worked tirelessly in 2009 - and for almost a decade - to use communications as an effective tool to combat climate change.

Among the activities in which Mr. Samenow has been a leader in 2009 are participation and sometimes management of the federal Communications Interagency Working group of the U.S. Global Change Research Program - see http://globalchange.gov/. His tireless efforts on behalf of promoting coherent and consistent climate messaging from federal agencies has been a remarkable contribution to making science intelligible to U.S. and international citizens at all levels, general and technical.

Mr. Samenow has been instrumental in communicating climate change through EPA's Internet infrastructure, in particular through the launch and management for several years of EPA's Climate Change Website at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange. While Mr. Samenow's many duties in the area of climate science and program work have diverted him to other areas, his contributions to building a highly popular and reputable site - rated number one in terms of http://www.google.com/ searches for the term 'climate change - are remarkable. Though no longer directly managing EPA's Climate Change site, he is a 'consultant' and also an active member of the Climate Change Division's Communications Workgroup. His skills at interpreting complex information into easily-understandable reading are profound.

An example of a very accessible document that Mr. Samenow created this year, 'Frequently Asked Questions About Global Warming and Climate Change: Back to Basics' - can be found at http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/downloads/Climate_Basics.pdf. In his professional capacity at EPA, Mr. Samenow has also coordinated, contributed to, and reviewed many technical and public reports and documents for a wide variety of audiences. The results of several of his projects from 2009 will be published and on the Internet in 2010.

Mr. Samenow's tireless passion for communicating climate change extends to his being a past officer in the D.C. Chapter of the American Meteorological Society; in addition, he has contacts throughout the federal government, academia, NGOs, and elsewhere, and keeps apprised daily of the latest developments in climate science and communications.

Mr. Samenow has also participated in the National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) Weather and Society Integrated Studies Program (http://www.sip.ucar.edu/wasis/) in furtherance of continuing interest in networking, communication, and education in this field.

Nominated by:
Kevin Rosseel
Climate Change Division (formerly Division's Communications Director)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency