4th Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop: "Beyond the Clean Water Act: The Role of State & Local Wetland Programs & The Potential of Brownfields As Mitigation Sites"
12:00 pm12:00

4th Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop: "Beyond the Clean Water Act: The Role of State & Local Wetland Programs & The Potential of Brownfields As Mitigation Sites"

  • Stetson Law's Gulfport Campus

The Environmental Law Institute and Stetson's Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop, which will be held in the Great Hall on Stetson Law's Gulfport campus on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. This year's workshop will focus on protection of wetlands through state and local regulation, as well as using brownfields as potential wetland mitigation sites. The workshop will include an optional morning field trip to nearby mitigation sites and will conclude with an evening poolside networking reception sponsored by Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A.

Draft Agenda (Subject to Change)

9:00 a.m. - Optional Mitigation Site Field Trip (Ulele Spring site in Tampa and landfill site in Pinellas County)
12:00 p.m. - Opening Remarks
12:15 p.m. - Session One: State and Local Regulation and Protection of Wetlands

  • Foreman Biodiversity Lecture: Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

12:45 p.m. - Panel Discussion:

  • Bruce Lonnee, Athens-Clarke County Planning Department
  • Anthony Cotter, Orange County Attorney's Office
  • Andrew Zodrow, Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
  • Moderator: Royal Gardner, Stetson University College of Law

2:00 p.m. - Networking Break
2:30 p.m. - Session Two: Brownfields as Potential Wetland Mitigation Sites

  • Keynote Address: Doug Lashley, GreenVest, LLC

3:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion:

  • Bill Spinner, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • Tara Allden, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • John Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
  • Moderator: Frank Hearne, Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P. A.

4:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
5:15 p.m. - Poolside Networking Reception sponsored by Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A.

Registration Fees

Regular: $125
Web only: $100
Government, academic, nonprofit, ELI members: $75 (web or live)
Students: free (web or live)
Optional Field Trip: $25
CLE Credit (Florida only): Included in registration fee

Register at http://www.stetson.edu/law/international/biodiversity/wetlands-workshop.php

Evenings at the Conservancy--Solar Amendment--Vote No On 1
6:30 pm18:30

Evenings at the Conservancy--Solar Amendment--Vote No On 1

  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida


Join us for our free community event to learn more about this issue. A panel of experts will be available to answer your questions.

The panelists will include:

- Rich Housh: CEO of Plug Smart

- Neville Williams: Former CEO of Standard Solar and author of "SUN POWER" (Forge/Macmillan, NY, 2015)

- Susan Glickman, Florida Director, Southern Alliance of Clean Energy Action Fund

Seating is limited; we encourage you to RSVP today. Please email or call Sophia Navarra at SophiaN@conservancy.org or 239.403.4207.

The event is generously sponsored by Plug Smart.

Florida Springs Institute Annual Fundraiser
5:00 pm17:00

Florida Springs Institute Annual Fundraiser

  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Join the Florida Springs Institute for an evening at the gardens. Enjoy food, drinks, live music, and a silent auction while supporting Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute, and their work in the protection and restoration of our springs.

When: November 4, 2016

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, 4700 SW 58th Dr, Florida, FL 32608


30 and Under – $50.00 (USD)

FSI Members – $75.00 (USD)

General Admission – $100.00 (USD)

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1213510535358962/

The Water Festival
10:00 am10:00

The Water Festival

  • Earl Brown Park

“Earth is not just lakes, rivers and oceans but it is a vast network of ground water that links us all together. It is a shared resource from which we all drink.”

Jill Heinerth

The City of DeLand, the Blue Spring Alliance, Publix and Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, in line with a shared mission to protect, conserve and rejuvenate our precious Spring and water resources, will present a community-wide festival celebrating “Water in Art.” The festival will focus on the restoration and conservation of our Springs, as the living window into the health of our aquifer, the common source from which we get our water, and will provide an opportunity to educate a new audience of all ages and demographics.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has warned that Florida is facing a water shortage of at least one billion gallons a day by 2030.  In Central Florida alone, that shortage could reach 250 million gallons per day.

Locally, concerning more than 100,000 people that live in the 140-square-mile Blue Spring Basin, this unifying educational event will help to foster an open conversation among citizens, government, and industry of the critical need to value our shared water resources. In creating awareness and active concern, we will strengthen the health of our local Springs from which 90% of Floridians drink, ensuring the abundance, quality and enjoyment of our natural water for the future generations of our children.

The Water Festival will be a community-wide festival with the 2016 theme, “Water in Art.” This free, public event will include live music, dancing, a DJ, art exhibits, fun activities for all ages, food trucks and an impressive line-up of nationally-recognized speakers.

For more information, please visit http://thewaterfestival.org/

Springs Restoration Summit 2016
Oct 2

Springs Restoration Summit 2016

  • College of Central Florida

Please Join Us! Our Director will be speaking on Saturday's "Springs Legal Remedies" panel, alongside John Thomas, Esq., Heather Culp, Esq., and Linda Young.  

CEJ's Traci Deen will be a featured panelist!

Florida Springs Restoration Summit 2016
Protect the future of our springs
September 30-October 2, 2016
College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida

Learn from state leaders and experts on how we can make meaningful springs restoration a reality

The 2016 Springs Summit will bring together scientists, academics, advocates, reporters, policy makers, and other citizens to discuss the status of springs health and steps needed for meaningful springs restoration and long-term protection. The knowledge gained will be used to create a Springs Restoration Action Plan for Florida.

The Florida Springs Council, in cooperation with the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida, the Florida Springs Institute, Save the Manatee Club, Sea to Shore Alliance, and Normandeau Associates, Inc. are hosting this 3-day Springs Summit.

The cost to attend the Springs Summit has been kept low to encourage participation by members of the public and nonprofit organizations. We encourage organizations, businesses, agencies, and other interested parties to show their support for springs by becoming a sponsor.

The desired outcome for the 2016 Springs Summit is a highly informed group of participants who can work together to recognize the threats to Florida’s springs and follow through on implementing meaningful springs restoration and protection actions. The Action Plan will consolidate key points and next steps to support implementation and will be made available to Springs Summit attendees following this important event.

The Florida Springs Restoration Summit 2016 will bring together 200 scientists, policy makers, academics, and citizens to develop a statewide roadmap for springs restoration and protection.

Plenary sessions on the first day will provide the latest news on springs science and management. Day 2 will include panel/audience discussions to explore and map out a plan for meaningful springs restoration and long-term protection.

A poster session and reception will be held the first evening and a keynote dinner on the second evening. A half-day field trip to Silver Springs will be offered on the third day (Oct. 2nd) of the summit. The Florida Springs Restoration Summit is supported through funds from a Protect Florida Springs License Plate grant.

Summit Organizers:

Florida Springs Council
Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida
Florida Springs Institute
Save the Manatee Club
Sea to Shore Alliance
Normandeau Associates

For more info about the summit, visit www.springsrestorationsummit.org.

Orange County Solar Co-op Info Sessions
Sep 27

Orange County Solar Co-op Info Sessions

In Central Florida and interested in going solar? There are three informational sessions coming up this month by FL SUN . ☀️ Please see the links below!

6:00 p.m. on Monday, 9/26 at West Orange High School - OCPS

11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 9/27 at UCF Student Union

6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 9/27 at Renaissance Senior Center

Speak Up For Florida Forever
10:00 am10:00

Speak Up For Florida Forever

  • Camp Milton Lake Preserve

Preserving environmentally significant lands naturally helps to clean our waters, recharge our aquifers, provide wildlife habitat and enhance our quality of life. We must fund Florida Forever or risk losing Florida’s remaining natural places and the ecosystem services they provide.

Join former U.S. Senator Bob Graham and Florida’s conservation community at “Speak up for Florida Forever,” a call to action to preserve and protect Florida’s natural lands and working landscapes. This free family-friendly event will take place at Camp Milton Historic Preserve and features prominent speakers, live music, guided tours of Camp Milton’s biodiverse nature trails and boardwalk, food trucks, and environmental exhibitors. In addition to learning about the importance of preserving natural lands, guests will also be able to enjoy a glimpse into life during the Civil War with presentations by historical period reenactors.

Parking is available at Camp Milton, however, we encourage you to ride your bike to the event on the beautiful Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail.

This event is being brought to you by the Florida Conservation Coalition in partnership with 1000 Friends of Florida, North Florida Land Trust, Timicuan Parks Foundation, St Johns Riverkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, and Florida Wildlife Corridor.

CEJ will be an exhibitor at this event.

Florida 2070 Webinar
12:00 pm12:00

Florida 2070 Webinar

Moderate projections indicate that by 2070, Florida's population will reach approximately 33.7 million residents, close to 15 million more people than in 2010.  

What happens if Florida continues to develop as it has in the past, with development sprawling into rural and agricultural lands?  What will our state look like if we chose more compact development patterns closer to existing development?  

The University of Florida's GeoPlan Center, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and 1000 Friends of Florida have partnered to develop a series of GIS-based state and regional maps to explore alternative scenarios. 

We hope you'll sign up now for a free and informative webinar on alternative development scenarios for Florida in 2070.  The webinar is from noon until 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.   Please register soon as space is limited!

The Florida 2070 webinar has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits for planners ( #9109124), 2 CLE credits for the Florida Bar ( #1606408N), 1 CEC for Certified Floodplain Managers, and .15 CEU for certified environmental health professionals.


League of Women Voters OC Natural Resource Committee Special Guest
6:30 pm18:30

League of Women Voters OC Natural Resource Committee Special Guest

  • Valencia College

Please join the LWVOC Natural Resource Committee at our September meeting to hear graphic designer and author Rick Kilby discuss preserving the natural and historic resources of Florida.

His first book, "Finding the Fountain of Youth: Ponce de León and Florida's Magical Waters" was released by University Press of Florida in May 2013. Kilby has lectured about his book at different locations throughout the state including Stetson University's Celebration campus, the Museum of Florida History, and the prestigious Miami International Book Fair. In February 2014, his book received a Florida Book Award in the Visual Arts category.

Mr. Kilby will have copies of this incredible book for purchase at the event.

If you haven't already, please join the League of Women Voters in Orange County by visiting http://lwvoc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?sl=543870228

The Hive
6:45 pm18:45

The Hive

  • East End Market

This month we will complete the pillar of WATER and begin to focus on solutions for cities and urban centers as it relates to "GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE".

Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that protects, restores, or mimics the natural water cycle. While single-purpose gray stormwater infrastructure—conventional piped drainage and water treatment systems—is designed to move urban stormwater away from the built environment, green infrastructure reduces and treats stormwater at its source while delivering environmental, social, and economic benefits.

Join us as we hear from guest speakers from BioTech Consulting and Geosyntec Consultants, and learn about green infrastructure solutions being implemented in cities around the country.

Speakers include:

Mike Hardin, Ph.D. - Mike Hardin is a water resources engineer for Geosyntec Consultants in Orlando, FL. He is going to talk about Green Stormwater Infrastructure and how it can be effectively used to decentralize the management and treatment of our precious water resources.

John Lesman - John is the Director of Bio-Tech Consulting and has more than 23 years of experience in environmental consulting. He will be talking to us about Florida's Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method and how it has led to the restoration of many of Florida's natural waterways.

*** NEW UPDATE ***
Snacks will be provided, first come first serve.

Also, LOCAL ROOTS will be providing discounted beverages for those 21+.*
$1 off beers
$2 off Wine
$3 Cigar City Cans

*We encourage you to come to East End Market before 6:30pm to enjoy a beverage and a small bite to eat!*

When: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Time: 6:45pm - 8:30pm EST
Location: East End Market APEX (2nd Floor)
Who: All are welcome!

How much? FREE, donations welcome!

9:00 am09:00

Sierra Club's Big Sugar Summit

From Sierra Club:

"A HUGE EVENT in Florida -- Attend if you can, YOU MUST RSVP with the links below, and fill out the SURVEY:
Dear Friend,

The sugar industry's influence and impact on Florida and its citizens is felt from the Panhandle to the Keys. This is why we held the first ever Big Sugar Summit last year.

You can let us know you're interested in Big Sugar Summit #2 by taking this survey: https://sierraclub.tfaforms.net/59

There is no more powerful lobbying force than Big Sugar at the local, state or federal levels. Big Sugar pollutes our water and air, stands in the way of Everglades restoration, makes us sick, and owns way too many Florida politicians.

At last year's Big Sugar Summit, experts from around the country a...nd the world gathered to pull the curtain back on the sugar industry and empower Floridians like you.

Now, Big Sugar Summit #2 is scheduled for August 20, 2016 in West Palm Beach. It will give you a deeper look into the Big Sugar world and give you the information you need to cut Big Sugar down to size.

I'm asking you to please take a moment to fill out this 3-minute survey. It will help us create the most informative and effective Big Sugar Summit #2 possible: https://sierraclub.tfaforms.net/59

Thanks for all that you do to protect Florida,

Cris Costello, Sierra Club
Senior Organizing Representative

P.S. - Please note the date change.

Big Sugar Summit #2
August 20, 2016
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Embassy Suites West Palm Beach
1601 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Registration will begin this summer!"

Water Voices Speaker Series
7:00 pm19:00

Water Voices Speaker Series

  • GFWC High Springs New Century Women's Club, Inc.

Two attorneys, Heather Culp and Traci Deen, will discuss situations that have raised serious public questions about the State of Florida’s commitment to protecting our springs, rivers, lakes and aquifer—at “Why Aren’t Florida’s Water Laws Protecting Florida’s Water?,” a free public program 7-9 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at the High Springs New Century Woman’s Club, 23674 West US Highway 27, High Springs FL 32643. The program is the fifth in the Water Voices series organized by the Ichetucknee Alliance.

“The Florida water laws enacted in the 1970s were considered model laws for the rest of the country,” said Ichetucknee Alliance Secretary Lucinda Merritt. “But look at what has happened to the Ichetucknee and Santa Fe rivers. Both were designated as Outstanding Florida Waters by the State in 1984—a designation that was supposed to protect their water quality—yet long-term trends show that pollution in both rivers is increasing. You have to wonder why. Is the problem with the laws themselves or with their enforcement, or both? Do we need to change our laws?”

The discussion will focus not only on problems but also on potential solutions. Both speakers have connections to Barry University Law School’s Center for Earth Jurisprudence. “Jurisprudence” is the philosophy of law and the Center seeks to develop a philosophy and practice of law that respects the natural world in its own right. From the Center’s website: “Our work is based upon the concept that humanity has a basic responsibility to care for and protect the long-term health and well-being of Earth, meaning all beings and ecosystems that constitute the natural world, recognizing that humanity is an integral and interdependent part of nature.”

Heather Culp, Esq., is Associate Director of the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute. She also serves on the Florida Springs Council’s Executive Committee, as Treasurer of the Silver Springs Alliance Board of Directors, and on the (Volusia) Blue Spring Alliance’s Steering Committee.

Traci Deen, Esq., is the Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence (CEJ) at Barry University School of Law. There, she focuses on law and policy change, legislative analysis, education, and community outreach to lawyers, students, policymakers and the Central Florida community.

Water Voices is a series of conversations designed to broaden and deepen the ongoing public discussions about water issues in North Central Florida. There will be time at the end of the program for questions and answers and an opportunity for audience members to have one-on-one conversations with the speakers and with members of the sponsoring organizations.

This session of Water Voices is co-sponsored by the Ichetucknee Alliance, the High Springs New Century Woman’s Club, and Our Santa Fe River. The program is offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s Water/Ways exhibition that will be on view at the High Springs Historical Museum July 16-August 27, 2016.

For more information, email wordwitch@windstream.net or call Lucinda Merritt at 386-454-0415.

10:00 am10:00

Central Florida Earth Day

Central Florida Earth Day is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on April 23, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE! Earth Day is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol-free, and smoke-free event.  Earth Day, now in its 11th year, is the biggest and best Earth Day festival in Central Florida!

Please RSVP on the Earth Day Event Facebook page and join the Earth Day Community Facebook page for regular updates about the event. And please share these pages with your family and friends.

Enjoy Speakers, Food Preparation Demonstrations, Environmental Education, Humane Education, Earth Kids Zone, Food, Artist Corner, Animal Haven, Music on band and acoustic stages, Mind Body Spirit, lots of other Activities, and many Earth-friendly Sponsors and Vendors. There are so many fun and interesting things happening at Earth Day you will want to stay all day!

The goals of Central Florida Earth Day are to:

  • Inspire sustainable, humane, healthy, and equitable decisions at all levels, from the individual and local levels to the corporate, governmental and international levels
  • Foster positive community-building in Central Florida and beyond
  • Support businesses and NGOs that are making a positive difference in the world
  • Promote all forms of creativity and artistic expression
  • Provide knowledge, resources and inspiration to people of all ages through environmental and humane education
  • Assist animals in need through homeless animal adoption
  • Create access to and awareness of healthy, sustainable, and local vegan cuisine
7:00 pm19:00

LWV & Rollins College: Evening of Conversations

  • Rollins College


League of Women Voters of Orange County, FL


Monday, March 21st   7:00 pm


100 Years of State and National Parks:

Challenges and Threats in the Next Century


Hosted by the Environmental Studies Department, Rollins College

with Dr. Leslie Poole and moderator Dr. Barry Allen, Rollins College Environmental Studies Department.


Featured speakers:


Nat Reed, Assistant Secretary of the Interior under President Nixon, helped write the Endangered Species Act

Naturalist Jim Stevenson, former chief naturalist for Florida’s state parks

Fran Mainella, in 2001 became the first woman to run the National Park Service, having previously been the director of the Florida Park Service

Rollins College
Galloway Room at Mills Memorial Centermap

Winter Park, FL

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Free admittance - Public welcome

Jan 30

2016 ICAN Climate Assembly

This gathering is part of an ongoing movement to shift cultural and political perspectives as to the urgency, and need to act now on climate. Our work as climate change conscious people focuses on urging social, religious, and political awareness to prioritize implementing as much mitigation and adaptation as possible, as soon as possible. Join us in claiming a common identity as the compassionate voice for a greener future. 

Climate Action Bazaar Sub-Committee
Florida Interfaith Climate Action Network

Registration for the January 28-30th assembly, including meals, is $79:  http://interfaithflorida.com/2016
Exhibitor Tables can be reserved for $35. Each organization will be supplied a table and 2 chairs.
To participate in the Climate Action Bazaar, please contact Jan Booher: JJLBooher@comcast.net.
For information about Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Russell Meyer: RMeyer@floridachurches.org

2:00 pm14:00

Rally to Save Our Parks!

Click Here For More Information!

RALLY TO SAVE OUR PARKS - Saturday Jan 23rd, 3-5pm starting at First Magnitude Brewery, 1220 SE Veitch St, Gainesville, Fl.

Come early at 2pm if you would like to make a sign to carry during our march up Main St.

  • 3pm music by Whitey Markle & the Swamprooters, speakers and presentation
  • 4pm begin march up Main St to University Av. (1 mile)
  • 4:30 sign waving and rallying for our parks
  • 5 pm walk back to First Magnitude.
  • Stay and enjoy yourself. You can purchase food from the local food trucks at the brewery, and beer from the brewery. First Magnitude 1220 SE Veitch St. Gainesville, FL 32601 (best to park along S. Main St.)

Enjoy the sounds of Whitey Markle and the Swamprooters. Whitey Markle has been a fixture on the Florida music scene for decades. He has been performing and writing songs for over 30 years and continues to entertain audiences to this day

Special guests Jim Stevenson*, Leslie Poole* and Pat Harden" will follow the music with an explanation of the issues concerning the future of Paynes Prairie and all of our state parks.

After the speakers, we will gather the masses and walk up Main St to the corner of Main and University Av (1 mile) where we will raise our signs and voices in support of our peaceful parks. Bring a sign or come early (2pm-3pm) and make one with us before the event. 

March with us and let your voice be heard!

**Jim Stevenson was chief naturalist of Florida’s state parks when Paynes Prairie was acquired by the state.  He explored the prairie on horseback in 1970 to identify management needs including removal of cattle.  Jim led the effort to reestablish bison on the prairie in 1975, restore the hydrology and implement prescribed burning.
**Leslie Kemp Poole is an award-winning writer and historian. A fourth-generation Floridian, Poole has long been interested in the role of women in the state’s environmental movement and how they were saving the state’s important natural resources even before they were able to vote.2014.

**Pat Harden is a second generation Floridian who has a long history of involvement in environmental advocacy in Florida. She has served on various conservation boards and is a former chair of the SJRWMD. Currently, she serves as coordinator for the Protect Payne's Prairie Coalition.