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The conversation series includes four webinars that will explore various aspects of injustices through the lens of climate change. ALL are welcome in the audience - UM community and beyond - please join us! 

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This virtual symposium will explore lessons garnered from the Caribbean and South Florida realities and their applicability across the region and beyond. Bringing together social and physical scientists, economists, scholars, and leaders from around the region, this symposium will explore the interconnected and salient climate-induced or climate-aggravated aspects directly affecting people in the region. The goal is to better appreciate the associations between climate stressors, such as physical, societal, and economic vulnerabilities, and climate shocks, such as extreme weather events, as well as the correlated challenges and opportunities each presents.


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2021 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference.

The Conference will take place Tuesday, April 13th – Friday, April 16th, 2021 and has been moved to a virtual event.

The 2021 Watershed and Stormwater Conference will provide a forum for watershed and stormwater professionals throughout the nation to learn how to increase the resiliency of our communities in response to emerging and persistent threats to our water resources — from headwaters to coasts. Network with water resource managers, practitioners, researchers, and regulators from all over the United States. The conference will include technical presentations, case studies, panel discussions, workshops and field trips.

The National Conference’s central theme is Water Issues & Solutions to Climatic Regions Nationwide.

Please mark your calendars to attend the Gulf of Mexico Conference (GoMCon) “virtual preview” on April 14, 2021, from 10 am-1 pm CT. We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker for the GoMCon preview is Dr. Jack E Davis. Dr. Davis is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea” (2017). Three panel presentations will address restoration in the Gulf of Mexico as well as a broad array of Gulf science and research topics.

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Take part in a week’s worth of events with guest speakers to help you understand the impacts our changing climate is having on the Sunshine State. Hear from industry leaders and front-line advocates about the effects climate change is having in your community, and how to become a part of the solution to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations.

All FCW events will be virtual and FREE to access. Find sessions based on your interests in the Florida Climate Week interactive platform. Ask questions, network with other attendees, and so much more. Register for one or all events from the convenience of home


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 11:00 AM - 1:10 PM (EDT)

Building on Sessions 1 and 2, the final session in the 20-21 Series on Resiliency and Sea Level Rise looks at a changing climate and the land uses that speed forward while regulations and other water quality solutions lag behind. This session discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly of increasing rain events, and population (regardless of thoughtful land planning). We explore the need to update storm water regulations to address increasing quantities of water and human waste  (as a by-product and for use in commercial agricultural products), where it winds up – and the harmful algal blooms that result. There are regulations. There are solutions. But when the rain comes, are they enough to protect the aquatic life and endangered species that need clean water to live?

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION: Ruth Holmes, Esq., Martin County Attorney's Office, Stuart

WATER QUALITY: Ruth Holmes, Esq., Martin County Attorney's Office, Stuart | Douglas MacLaughlin, Esq., Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach | Anne Murray, PG, CPG, Martin County Utilities & Solid Waste, Stuart

LAKE OKEECHOBEE REGULATION AND THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity, St. Petersburg

STORMWATER RULEMAKING: Susan Roeder Martin, Nason Yeager Gerson Harris & Fumero, Boca Raton

POST LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP: Brendan Mackesey, Pinellas County Attorney's Office, Clearwater

Q&A AND CLOSING: Ruth Holmes, Esq., Martin County Attorney's Office, Stuart

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Hosted by the Florida Section, ACE 2021 will unite professionals from major industry, private sector, consulting, government and education for an exciting event that will explore the ever-expanding environmental challenges and provide solutions to becoming and remaining resilient for tomorrow.

ACE 2021 will be held in a fully-virtual, interactive format to ensure the safety of all attendees, volunteers, and employees.  Technical content will be delivered through many livestream sessions, on-demand videos and recorded presentations, and we will be adding interactive Q & A and networking opportunities for authors, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors.

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 Building on the success of the 2019 conference on Managed Retreat, the 2021 conference will address a range of scientific, social, policy and governance issues around managed retreat (also known as strategic realignment and planned relocation). The conference, a major initiative of Columbia University's Earth Institute, will bring together stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, together with academics, scientists, and community representatives, to help develop a common understanding of this complex issue, and move the needle toward equitable solutions. A major emphasis will be on issues of environmental justice, in recognition that the people most impacted by decisions around retreat have a key role in these conversations.

Save the date: June 29 - July 1, 2021.

Accepting abstracts through January 31, 2021.

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The Climate Leader is an online training in systems thinking to help fuel the global response to climate change. These materials will help you to be more effective at addressing climate change by enabling you to see the interconnections and big picture in your work. Behind the Climate Leader are decades of experience from the team at Climate Interactive and powerful ideas developed at MIT.


The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative is happy to announce the first webinar in the webinar/workshop series "Standardizing Sea-Level Scenarios for Gulf of Mexico Projects."

Very often projects involving sea-level rise start out with the same question - how much sea-level rise and by when? Often the processes of determining which scenarios takes a great deal of time. Additionally, different projects settle on different scenarios making it difficult to compare results between projects. The Cooperative partners have identified addressing this issue as a priority goal for 2016.

The Cooperative would like to invite experts in SLR and those who frequently work on SLR projects in the Gulf to come to collaborate in identifying recommended scenarios. The goal is a suite of recommended scenarios for use across a variety of projects as well as a brief user guide to encourage its use on the Gulf Coast.

This process will take time and instead of dealing with such a large issue with such a large group in one meeting, we are planning a series of webinars and workshops. The first webinar will happen on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. CST, and it will be a background/kick-off webinar addressing the series goals and outlining national, regional and local scenarios.


In this webinar series, practitioners will share information, results and lessons learned through recent work by FHWA/US DOT and State and MPO partners to make the transportation system more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events. The first track focuses on the processes used in the Gulf Coast Study, Phase 2 (Mobile) and transferable methods developed for other agencies to assess the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure. The second track focuses on FHWA's recently completed Climate Resilience Pilot program, which supported 19 pilot projects around the country to assess vulnerabilities and develop strategies to make transportation infrastructure and operations more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events.