Florida Events

3:00 pm Lecture by Josh Sawislak, AICP
4:00 pm Panel Discussion moderated by John L. Renne, Ph.D., AICP with panelists Colin Polsky, Ph.D. and Jeffrey E. Huber, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (invited)

For coastal cities, the impacts of global climate change (e.g., sea level rise, more frequent and severe weather events, and the cascading effects on physical assets and infrastructure systems) have presented challenges for both public and private organizations. Efforts to adapt to these changes and to plan and build communities that are more resilient to disasters and longer-term stressors have been constrained by fiscal and political challenges. To more effectively address the threats and vulnerabilities faced by coastal cities, residents, and businesses, we must rethink not only how we assess the responsibility for these risks, allocate the costs of adaptation, but also any benefits that can accrue from new models of planning and development.

In this discussion, Josh Sawislak, AICP, will present some ideas on how we can recast this “problem” as an “opportunity” by bringing in new players and accessing the significant private capital resources needed to build resilient coastal communities for the next 50-100 years. These ideas include new approaches to allocating value and benefit and rethinking how we can approach climate adaptation from an enterprise risk management perspective. Learn more and RSVP.

Miami-Dade County will host the 10th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on October 24-25, 2018, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Join us in celebrating a decade of progress with critical discussions on adaptation, innovation, and resilience. The Summit will feature keynotes and panels with local, state, and federal government officials, business and nonprofit leaders, and other experts discussing plans to ensure the region not only survives, but thrives, in the face of sea level rise and other climate impacts.

This annual event is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties; their municipalities; and other partners. The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The Summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia, and the nonprofit community to exchange ideas and dialogue through panel discussions and networking breaks.

Contact the Miami-Dade Office of Resilience at 305-375-5593 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions and for information on vendor, exhibit, and sponsorship opportunities.  Or visit the event website.

Coastal communities increasingly realize the need for adaptation strategies, but many are unsure where to begin. This intensive and interactive course provides individuals with a thorough grounding and practical skills for incorporating adaptation strategies into planning processes. Time in class is provided to practice applying what you learn, and opportunities for local collaboration and next steps are emphasized through discussion, participant activities, and local speakers and examples.

Continuing education credits are available through the American Planning Association and the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Apply the basic elements of an adaptation planning framework to organize future preparedness efforts Translate climate science into impacts on local community assets
  • Practice a qualitative approach to scope and compile a vulnerability assessment, and describe how to apply the results
  • Identify, compare, and prioritize locally relevant adaptation strategies and actions
  • Describe implementation options for different strategies
  • Recognize the importance of stakeholder involvement in adaptation planning and demonstrate the applicability of engagement processes and tools.

Registration is required:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adaptation-planning-for-coastal-communities-tickets-44115719304

This free webinar hosted by 1000 Friends of Florida will explore best practices, trends and market opportunities for sustainable landscaping in the State of Florida. Sustainable Landscaping is a set of landscaping principles and practices which minimize environmental degradation and make more efficient use of energy, water and other natural resources. This course will review the latest research and present current best practices for designing, building and maintaining sustainable landscapes. Project case studies will be used to discuss a framework for how to promote sustainable landscaping on large scale commercial projects working with multiple stakeholders through conceptual planning through implementation and long term maintenance. The instructors are Pierce Jones, Ph.D., the University of Florida Extension Program Leader for Energy Programs, and Timothee Sallin, president of Cherrylake, an integrated landscape company. Webinar will take place Thursday, November 1 from noon to 1:30 (EDT). Register here.

This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM for planners (#9158111). 1000 Friends has applied for professional certification credits for Florida attorneys (CLE), Certified Floodplain Managers and Florida Environmental Health Professionals but cannot guarantee they will be approved. 1000 Friends has also applied to become an authorized continuing education provider for the Florida Board of Architecture but has not yet received confirmation.

The Creative Time Summit is a three-day convening for thinkers, dreamers, and doers working at the intersection of art and politics. Launched in New York City in 2009, the Creative Time Summit was the first major international platform for socially engaged art, and has since grown to encompass an expanded field – featuring a range of multidisciplinary practices from music to policy making. To date, the Summit has hosted over 8,000 live attendees and hundreds of luminaries on its stage, including legendary art critic Lucy Lippard, Academy Award winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, MacArthur “Genius” award winning contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza, and President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani. Just as significantly, the Summit is also a forum for emerging artists and thinkers to debut ideas and projects. On Saturday, November 2, the Summit will offer community driven, hour-long sessions designed to share tools, strategies, and actions with over 1000 international and local attendees. Sessions could take the form of roundtable discussions, workshops, panels, field trips, interactive performances, screenings, or other creative formats and may reflect on the themes of the larger Summit. At the same time, we encourage sessions that engage with the field of socially engaged art more broadly. The sessions can take place in English or Spanish. For more information about the summit, visit: http://creativetime.org/summit/miami-2018/.

Join us Wednesday evening, November 7th, for this year's 4th Annual Climate Communications Summit, built around the timely topic of weather and climate change. The Forecast Calls for Change: Telling the Story of Climate Science Through Weather, is scheduled for the Harn Museum of Art from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7th. We'll hear from some of the nation's top meteorologists and climate communicators, followed by dynamic conversation on best practices for communicating climate science. Space is limited this year due our artistic venue; the Harn will also be offering tours of the new climate-change exhibit, The World to Come, from 4 to 4:45 before the program. The program is free, but registration is required to secure a spot: https://www.jou.ufl.edu/home/about/climate-change-summit-2018/

The 2018 National Disaster Resilience Conference that will bring together the nation›s foremost voices in the disaster safety and resilience movement on November 7-9 in Clearwater Beach, FL. Keynote presentations, discussion panels, and spotlight topics will focus on the latest in science, policy, and practice to create more resilient buildings and disaster-resilient communities in the face of earthquakes, floods, hail, hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, and wildfires, as well as human-caused disasters.

Design professionals, emergency managers, financial services experts, futurists, housing experts, insurers, journalists, meteorologists, product manufacturers, risk communicators, scientists, social psychologists, and many others will come together to make this conference an innovation incubator for the disaster safety and resilience movement.

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The workshop will focus on adaptation practices that increase resilience to hurricanes in nurseries, horticulture, row crop, livestock, and grazing lands. Workshop participants will learn about hurricane impacts on the different commodities and management practices to reduce risk. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their own experiences and lessons learned from previous hurricanes during organized group discussions.  Products from the workshop will include: (1) a report summarizing successful management practices that increase resiliency to hurricanes before, during and after an event, (2) a technical manual to assist the transfer of information learned during the workshop from extension agents to producers, and (3) a report or peer-reviewed publication based on the group discussions. Register by October 26, 2018.

Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Southern Rural Development Center in partnership with USDA-NIFA, this joint national conference will bring leading sustainability and energy educators and practitioners together to showcase land grant university Extension and research program successes, share challenges, and identify opportunities to strengthen our collective impacts. Extension professionals, researchers, graduate students, formal and informal educators, practitioners, and community partners are invited to participate. For more information about the Joint Summit go to http://srdc.msstate.edu/NSS+NEES/

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Sustainability and energy Extension professionals, researchers, graduate students, formal and informal educators, practitioners, and community partners are invited and encouraged to submit proposals to participate in the 2019 Joint National Sustainability Summit (NSS) & National Extension Energy Summit (NEES). Submission Deadline is October 1, 2018. SUBMIT PROPOSALS HERE

Keeping History Above Water: St. Augustine will explore the impacts of sea level rise on historic coastal and river communities and cultural resources through the lens of time. With the theme of Envision 2050, emphasis is placed on policies, programs, and projects that address the situation in the short-term (defined as 30 years). Presenters will share research, strategies, and case studies of real-world applications that will physically, socially, and economically transform the world as we adapt the world to sea level rise over the next few decades. Presentation and workshop proposals are encouraged from professionals, policymakers, researchers, scholars, students, and others studying and addressing rising waters and its impact on historic places and cultural resources.

This fourth iteration of Keeping History Above Water is a partnership of Flagler College, University of Florida, and the City of St. Augustine in collaboration with the Newport Restoration Foundation. Learn more at: http://historyabovewater.org/2019-st-augustine/

Leaders in the fields of historic preservation, business, culture, tourism, economics, urban planning, environment, sustainability, design, engineering and public policy are encouraged to submit proposals for lectures and workshops that focus on applied research, practical solutions, and community engagement.

Presentations will be organized by resource type over seven sessions: archaeology, architecture, cities and historic districts, cultural and natural landscapes, underrepresented heritage and communities, intangible heritage, and archives and collections. A range of topics will be explored within each session including climate science and projections, adaptation strategies, public engagement and programs, and economic impacts, among others.

CALL FOR PRESENTERS – Submissions due September 28, 2018