Florida Events

 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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On Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 3-4pm (ET), Libby Carnahan, Climate Change Professional®, UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County & Florida Sea Grant Agent, will join us to discuss “Climate Change: A Look at Impacts to Summer Weather and Hurricane Season”. Hurricane season officially begins June 1st – tune in and find out more about how changing climate affects summer weather in Florida.

The Nature Knowledge program hosts expert speakers to share current scientific knowledge on topics affecting nature in Florida, supported by UF/IFAS Natural Resources Extension. This program provides continuing education for IFAS Extension personnel, volunteers, and program participants, college/university faculty and students from across Florida, natural resource professionals, and environmental educators. This program is open to anyone!

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Climate change functions as a “threat multiplier” – increasing individuals’ exposure and sensitivity to extreme weather, flooding, sea level rise, and extreme heat, thus reducing their capacity to respond to future climate impacts. This multiplier effect is particularly burdensome for, and at times disproportionately borne by frontline communities, which include people of color, individuals with low wealth or limited income, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, youth, incarcerated individuals, and others. Individuals with multiple vulnerability factors such as being a person of color, a non-English speaker, or low-income, experience cascading climate impacts more acutely.

To create equitable climate solutions and advance social equity, local governments must understand how existing policies and processes are explicitly and implicitly biased to certain populations. By understanding the implications of climate threats and solutions for all members of the community, and encouraging authentic dialogue with groups made vulnerable to climate change, local governments can create effective policies and practices that equally distribute benefits and burdens, build resilience and trust, and promote additional community-wide co-benefits.

Objectives for this Workshop include:

  • Understand vulnerabilities and challenges affecting Southeast Florida’ frontline communities’ exposure and ability to respond to climate impacts
  • Build capacity of local governments to integrate social vulnerability data with climate data sets and to embed equity into climate action plans, projects, and institutional goals
  • Learn best practices for community engagement 

Who should attend?

  1. Sustainability and resilience practitioners
  2. Housing, transportation, and community development planners
  3. Community based organizations
  4. Emergency management professionals
  5. Public health professionals
  6. Social services staff
  7. Elected Officials

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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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