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Have you ever wondered how to address climate change in your conservation practice? Do you have an existing natural resource management plan or project that needs to address climate change? Would you like hands-on training for applying climate-smart principles to your plan or project?  We have the workshop for you!

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The first Resilient Utility Coalition Summit will bring together water, wastewater, and storm water utilities with industry, academia, and the greater community. The objective? Advancing utility infrastructure efforts to “Operationalize Resilience.” This first-of-its kind conference will serve to connect the global utility community to identify solutions and corresponding actions that address resilience challenges faced by utilities.

The 2-Day program will focus on the operationalization of Resilience within water utilities. The tracks will build on each other progressively through a series of presentations geared toward identifying, planning, implementing, and operationalizing Resilience. 

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This conference will discuss the health effects of climate change in Florida with a focus on climate equity. Non-physician clinicians, specifically nurses and other healthcare providers, as well as students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate alongside our physician participants.

This event will include the launch of the Florida’s Clinicians for Climate Actions (FCCA) asa coalition of medical associations concerned about the impacts of climate change on Florida residents, especially vulnerable populations.

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Our Climate: The Only Constant is Change serves as the theme of UF Law’s 24th Annual UF Law Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, February 8 – 10th, 2018.  Focusing on Florida, the Conference explores the climate crisis across a wide range of issues, all through the lens of law and policy. The Conference opens on Thursday evening with Professor Maxine Burkett, an expert on climate migration and relocation from the University of Hawaii.  Professor Michael Gerrard, noted expert on climate change law and litigation from Columbia University, Dr. Glenn Morris, Director of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Mr. David Zierden, Florida State Climatologist will speak at Friday’s opening plenary.  For a special Friday lunchtime event, Professor Mary Christina Wood, will join via video conference from the University of Oregon to provide an overview and update on the path breaking atmospheric climate litigation brought by Our Children’s Trust.  Cynthia Barnett, noted author and journalist will be the keynote banquet speaker on Friday evening. Interdisciplinary panels and workshops will address decarbonization, shifting species distributions, sea level rise, climate and public health, local governments, universities and the Paris Agreement, food security and production, water resources, and climate advocacy.  A special Saturday workshop will feature an inspiring group of Millennials Making their Mark who will talk about their career paths, which may be of particular interest to students wondering how they can “do well while doing good.”

A complete agenda and registration is available at http://ufpiec.org. Registration is free to UF faculty, staff and students for all of the conference except the Friday evening banquet, which costs is $50 per person.  Seats for the Friday evening banquet tend to sell out, so we encourage you to register for this soon if you are interested.

/events/Burkett_Maxine_0.jpg The Malone Speaker Series of the Florida Climate Institute is proud to host Dr. Maxine Burkett, Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law (U Hawaii) & Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, on Thursday, February 8 at 2:00pm in the Reitz Union Chamber at the University of Florida. The event will be streamed live and archived online here.

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Climate change is as much a sociopolitical phenomenon as it is a geophysical one.  Beyond contentious domestic politics and the intricacies of global climate governance, evinced by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and two and a half decades of subsequent negotiation, climate change unabated promises to upend centuries-old efforts to bring order and stability to communities across the globe.  No one effect of climate change evinces that more than the loss of habitability driving climate-induced displacement, migration, and relocation.  Though discussed at the periphery of legal and policy discourse (mostly in academia), decision-makers will soon have to confront loss of physical territory and the unviability of many places human communities currently call home.  Further, and consistent with so many of climate change’s worst impacts, the least responsible will be subject to the most disruption—whether it is as a migrant or a host of those who have moved. In the U.S., indigenous communities are at the frontlines of planned relocation with no comprehensive framework for response or a determination of individual and community rights in the process.  To effect security and well being, a mandate for functioning legal systems, a swift response is critical.  Further, most ethical frameworks demand a just and equitable response. 

Few appreciate the enormity of the task.  According to estimates based on current UNFCCC state parties’ nationally determined contributions, the globe will likely experience a 3.3˚ to 3.6˚ C temperature increase.  This increase would quite literally produce a whole new world.  In light of what we do not know about how climate change will disrupt existing socio-political systems and what we do not know about the nature and content of so-called “climate surprises,” Prof. Burkett argues that we are, in fact, behind a veritable veil of ignorance.  In this original position (marked by the current state of nature), a relevant theory of justice is required.  Drawing on John Rawls’ seminal work, Burkett argues that to forge a just society in an endlessly changing climate—and protect and advance the rights of all and particularly the most vulnerable—a deep and concerted inquiry into which structures can support social justice is essential at this time.  

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The 2017 Future of Florida Summit, held from Feb. 10 to Feb. 12 on the University of Florida campus and sponsored by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, will focus on the upcoming 2017-2018 Florida Constitution Revision Commission. Students from any Florida college or university — public or private — are invited to apply to attend.
 
The Florida Constitution Revision Commission has more influence than most Floridians realize, and many don't even know it exists. Commissioned every 20 years, this group of appointed members will have the power to put constitutional changes directly on the November 2018 ballot. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the revision process and the history of Florida's constitution from the state's leading scholars on the topic and members of past Constitution Revision Commissions.
 
This type of revision process is unique to Florida, providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to directly influence the contents of Florida's constitution. Invited students will draft constitutional amendments, which will then be submitted to the 2017-2018 Constitution Revision Commission.
 

Food and lodging are provided by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service. However, invited students are expected to arrange travel to and from Gainesville and arrive at Pugh Hall — centrally located on the University of Florida campus — by 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.

The application can be found by clicking here

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Please join us for an incredible evening and become fully immersed in the oldest story ever told! We are having a networking reception at 5pm (refreshments will be served) and the lecture will be from 6-8pm

Jeff Goodall will be sharing about his newly released book, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World.

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The 33rd Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology  is organized by the AMS Committee on Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones and is hosted by the American Meteorological Society.

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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.

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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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