Florida Events

In 2021, Miami-Dade County received a challenge grant offer from the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center to fast start an extreme heat initiative under the Resilient305 program. This grant led to the creation of the world’s first Chief Heat Officer position. The Chief Heat Officer (CHO) is responsible for improving coordination, accelerating existing heat protection efforts, and initiating new work that reduces the risks and impacts of heat stress and extreme heat for vulnerable communities in Miami-Dade County. On behalf of Miami-Dade County and Resilient305, the CHO has developed and launched a multi-stakeholder Climate and Heat Health Task Force in partnership with The Miami Foundation to analyze existing conditions and vulnerabilities and identify strategies to address current and future impacts of extreme heat on human health, lives, and livelihoods.  
The Climate and Heat Health Task Force will prioritize short-term actions, create a framework for prioritizing future actions and for monitoring progress, and recommend staffing and other resource needs for implementation around extreme heat. The Task Force is made up of appointed members representing policymakers, scientific experts, and health care professionals as well as two citizen members.

To ensure community voices are heard and elevated, the Task Force is inviting the public to attend the following workshops and help improve our County’s preparation and response to extreme heat:

  • Outreach & Education – December 7 | 10:30 am
  • Data & Research – January 11 | 10:30 am
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response – January 25 | 10:30 am
  • Workers Exposed to Heat – February 15 | 10:30 am
  • Housing – March 8 | 10:30 am
  • Streets & Trees – March 29 | 10:30 am

Registration and additional information available here

We would like to announce our upcoming Florida Water & Climate Alliance webinar on “Perspectives on Saltwater Intrusion” on Jan. 18, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Note this was changed from a previously scheduled date in November due to a scheduling conflict.

The webinar will feature presentations from a range of perspectives including planning, public water supply, water management and ecosystem restoration on the impacts of saltwater intrusion, decision making under uncertainty and pathways forward.


  • Welcome and Introduction to the FloridaWCA
  • FloridaWCA Project Updates on Integrating NASA Earth Systems Data into Decision-Making Tools of Member UtilitiesVasu Misra, Ph.D., Professor of Meteorology, Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, Florida State University
  • Perspectives on Saltwater IntrusionDecision Making Under Uncertainty: A Water Supply Infrastructure Planning Tool: Tirusew Asefa, P.E., Ph.D., Manager, Planning & System Decision Support, Tampa Bay Water
  • Intake Structure Siting Evaluation on the Lower Peace River Using Sea Level Rise Scenarios: Daniel Roberts, Environmental Specialist, Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
  • Margarita with Salt, Good; Fresh Groundwater with Salt, Not Good. South Florida’s Approach to Monitoring and Reducing Saltwater Intrusion Potential: Mark Elsner, P.E., Bureau Chief, Water Supply Bureau, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
  • Sea Level Rise, Saltwater Intrusion and Mangrove Migration: An Ecosystem Restoration Perspective: Fred Sklar, Ph.D., Director, Everglades Systems, SFWMD; Gina Paduano Ralph, Ph.D., Lead Scientist, US Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District
  • Maryland’s Plan to Adapt to Saltwater Intrusion and Salinization: Debbie Herr Cornwell, PLA, ASLA, Resource Conservation Planner, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Panel Discussion; Q&A with Audience
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Facilitator: Karen Schlatter, Research Coordinator, University of Florida Water Institute; Coordinator, Florida Water & Climate Alliance

Register here

On Thursday, Feb. 3, from 3:30 - 5:00 pm, join fellow climate storytellers for two thought-provoking talks on the power of listening and a round-table discussion with our speakers. Afterward, we’ve planned a reception where we can reconnect on our goals to improve public understanding of climate change and provide leadership toward solutions. The event will be held at the Reitz Union auditorium and will have a distance option as well.

The featured speakers include:

  • Faith Kearns, a scientist and science communication practitioner who writes about water, wildfire, climate change, and people. 
  • Jennifer Elise Foerster, a poet and member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, whose language brims with alligators and other southern icons from the time when the Creek people were forced from their southeastern U.S. homes to Oklahoma.

Admission is free and open to the public, but please register here.