Earth Rights Conference
May
10
to May 11

Earth Rights Conference

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A true “right of the environment” does exist.
— Pope Francis to the UN, September, 2015

EARTH RIGHTS CONFERENCE

A space for dialogue and co-creation about the idea that nature, not just humans, have rights.

Can this idea be the foundation for a new dimension of respect and harmony between humanity and the planet? The legal and existential dimensions of this question are raised and examined, in dialogue with leading voices for Earth rights from different parts of the world. This is the second international conference on Earth rights arranged by the Sigtuna Foundation in cooperation with Lodyn and Cemus.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

WHEN

May 10-11, full days

WHERE

Sigtunastiftelsen, Sigtuna, Sweden

REGISTER

Register at Sigtunastiftelsen

Place is important. 100 years ago the Sigtuna Foundation was built with the aim to inspire human thought and reflection. Society has changed in many ways since then, but the ambition is still the same: to offer an open space for people with different backgrounds, traditions and viewpoints to meet, interact and learn from one another in atmosphere of mutual respect. A better place for discussing the relationship between humans and nature is hard to find. Visit Sigtuna Foundation

Just as human beings have human rights, all other beings also have rights which are specific to their species or kind and appropriate for their role and function within the communities within which they exist.
— Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth
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Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
Feb
28
to Mar 3

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

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This year, we want to empower our common interests to constructively and effectively work towards a healthy environment and combat climate change. The political divide felt throughout the United States and the world is more acute than ever. This polarizing trend is not only alienating cultures, races, families, and organizations with differing views, it is estranging groups within movements that have similar values and goals.

At the same time, evidence of unsuspecting alliances are forming in recognition of common interests. Currently, ranchers and indigenous communities are protesting against pipelines while environmentalists and farmers are working to conserve water. Inspired by the progress being made through finding common ground over contrasting backgrounds, Land Air Water made it our mission to incorporate it into PIELC 2019’s theme.

PIELC 2019 is built upon the shared belief that we have more commonalities than differences. By recognizing our mutual desire for clean air, clean water, and a thriving ecosystem for future generations, we hope to refocus our means by encouraging participation and inclusion to make this vision possible. Help make this conference one of diverse voices, ethnicities, cultures, and perspectives where all voices are heard regardless of background. Unite as one voice to protect our environment. Engage each other on a wide range of environmental issues. Talk with–instead of past–one other to reach common ground.

Register at http://www.lawfriends.org/registration.

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Central Florida Earth Day
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Central Florida Earth Day

Central Florida Earth Day is back--bigger and better than ever! It will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at beautiful Lake Eola Park in Orlando. Please join us at the largest and most prestigious Earth Day event in Central Florida.

The event will include healthy living and eco-friendly exhibitors, speakers, and presentations; non-profits; fun and games for kids; dog and cat adoptions; restaurant booths; environmental and humane education; artist and craft corners; and live music and entertainment. Central Florida Earth Day will draw both committed environmentalists and those who want to learn more about how to protect our health, the planet, and its inhabitants. You can promote ...your business or group to thousands of people who want to learn more about environmentalism and the varied products and services that support an eco-friendly and a veg-friendly way of life. All money raised will be used for local environmental education and outreach.

For more information, visit www.CFEarthDay.org. This website will be continually updated as additional sponsors, vendors, restaurants, speakers, musicians, etc. are added. Please check back often for all the exciting changes! If you are interested in being a vendor, please go the Vendor Packet page. If you are interested in being a volunteer, please go to the Volunteer page.

Please also join us for other Earth Week activities to be announced. See you at Central Florida Earth Day 2018!

CEJ will be a vendor at this wonderful event. Stop by and see us!

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Leaving an Environmental Legacy - Aliki Moncrief
Dec
10
2:00 PM14:00

Leaving an Environmental Legacy - Aliki Moncrief

Please join the Seminole Audobon Society and Aliki Moncrief to learn about the challenges facing Florida's environmental treasures and explore avenues for protecting those treasures.

Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director of the Florida Conservation Voters Education Fund, will explain their environmental mission and how the average citizen can engage with policy makers to influence environmental legislation. Ms. Moncrief was the Executive Director of the Florida Water and Land Legacy Campaign, the organization that placed the Land and Water Conservation Amendment(Amendment 1) on the ballot in 2014. Florida voters overwhelmingly passed this amendment with over 75% supporting the conservation of Florida’s natural resources. The Water and Land Legacy Campaign transitioned to the Florida Conservation Voters Education Fund and continues to work to ensure that the policymakers work to protect Florida’s natural resources and appropriate Amendment 1 funds as directed by the voters of Florida.

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2017 Florida Solar Congress
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

2017 Florida Solar Congress

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Join Solar United Neighbors of Florida and solar supporters from across the state for our Inaugural Florida Solar Congress!

 

2017 Florida Solar Congress

Saturday November 4, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Valencia College, West Campus, Special Events Center (Bldg 8)

Parking available in Parking Lot F & G

1800 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32811

The Florida Solar Congress is a free public conference that brings together solar supporters from across the state to learn and discuss the current state and future for solar energy in Florida. The day will include presentations about solar technology, energy storage, solar co-ops and policy topics. We will also hold a participatory open forum discussion for all attendees to discuss priorities that solar supporters should focus on in the coming year.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend!

The inaugural Florida Solar Congress will be hosted by Solar United Neighbors of Florida at Valencia College, West Campus.

Agenda:

9:00 to 10:00 – Doors open, registration – coffee and breakfast provided

10:00 to 10:45 – Welcome Remarks

11:00 to 11:45 – Presentations – Session 1

  1. Solar 101 Information Session, Jody Finver, Solar United Neighbors of Florida
  2. Growing Solar in Your Community – Panel Discussion, featuring South Miami Mayor, Philip Stoddard, FIU

11:45 to 12:45 – Lunch and Networking

1:00 to 1:45 – Presentations – Session 2

  1. Solar Policy – Panel Discussion, featuring leadership from Vote Solar, SACE and Sierra Club
  2. Solar + Storage, Dr. James Fenton, FSEC, UCF

2:00 to 3:30 – Participatory Open Forum Discussion
3:30 to 3:45 – Closing remarks

4:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Post-congress Happy Hour:

Continue discussing and connecting over happy hour at the Crafted Block and Brew, just a 10 minute drive (1.5 miles) from Valencia College!

Crafted Block and Brew - 2417 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835

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At a Crossroads: Native American Sovereignty, Water Rights, & Climate Change Webinar
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

At a Crossroads: Native American Sovereignty, Water Rights, & Climate Change Webinar

Check out this fascinating webinar by the Civil Rights and Social Justice Section of the American Bar Association: At A Crossroads: Native American Sovereignty, Water Rights, & Climate Change.

Barry Law students can attend the campus viewing from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in LAC 209 or you can register to view it online at
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/2269229657656322563

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Troubled Waters Screening
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

Troubled Waters Screening

  • Valencia College East Performing Arts Center (map)
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Florida has some of the best regulations when it comes to water usage; however, there is limited enforcement of these regulations. With continual pollution to our waterways and an increasing amount of people moving to Florida, will we have enough water to go around?

Join League of Women Voters of Orange County, Florida, League of Women Voters of Seminole County, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Friends of The Wekiva River, and the Valencia Earth Studies Association (VESA) for a very special viewing of this important documentary, followed by a panel discussion about threats to our waters, what it means for Florida and how you can help in the effort to protect Florida's environment.

Panelists include:
Commissioner Lee Constantine, Seminole County Commissioner
Lisa Rowe Rinaman, St. Johns Riverkeeper
James Adamski, Valencia College Professor

Public questions will be encouraged during the panel discussion. The panel discussion will address action we can take to protect Florida's waters.


6:30 – 7:00PM mingle and meet the panelists
7:00 – 8:00PM film
8:00 –8:30PM panel discussion

This event is free and open to the public.

Please RSVP at the link below:
http://lwvoc.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=907481&item_id=697511

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Banking on Sustainability
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Banking on Sustainability

Join IDEAS For Us on July 18th at 6:00 p.m. for a FREE and positive discussion on how Banking on Sustainability makes cents for everyone! More than just an environmental boost - you will learn how sustainability is a great way to improve the lives of People and Profit in the 21st Century. Presented by Clayton Louis Ferrara, a biologist and Executive Director of IDEAS For Us and featuring a special appearance by ESA Renewables - we hope you join us for a fun-filled and educational evening learning about Sustainability 101.

All ages are welcome, the evening will be perfect for young children and the young at heart alike.

You can reserve tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bankingon-sustainability-ticke…

Schedule
6 - 6:30 PM - Mixer and Networking w/ Food
6:30 - 7:30 PM - Educational Event
7:30 - 8:00 PM - Q&A and Networking

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CFAWL Monthly Luncheon
Jul
7
12:00 PM12:00

CFAWL Monthly Luncheon

Please join The Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers this Friday, July 7, 2017, for their monthly luncheon at the Citrus Club to hear distinguished Professor Penelope Canan discuss her research on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP). SLAPP lawsuits are said to be intended to censor or intimidate and silence public criticism of an issue, development, or project by burdening those who have been public critics with the cost of a legal defense of tort suits such as defamation until they abandon their criticism or opposition. Come learn more about this interesting area of the law from a researcher's perspective. Learn more about Professor Penelope Canan at https://sciences.ucf.edu/sociology/people/canan-penelope/

Please RSVP and pay the $30.00 fee as soon as possible at https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfl7vBFGGHbHRKTnw…/viewform

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Central Florida Earth Day
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Central Florida Earth Day

Welcome to the 13th annual Central Florida Earth Day!
Presented by Vegetarians of Central Florida

Central Florida Earth Day 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Lake Eola Park (east side)

512 E. Washington Street
Orlando, FL 32801

Please join us for the 13th annual Central Florida Earth Day, the largest
and longest-running Earth Day festival in Central Florida!

The CEJ Team will be there, will you?

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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"
Nov
3
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"

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

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Evenings at the Conservancy--Solar Amendment--Vote No On 1
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

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

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 239.403.4207

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.

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Florida Springs Institute Annual Fundraiser
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Florida Springs Institute Annual Fundraiser

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

Registration

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/

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The Water Festival
Oct
16
10:00 AM10:00

The Water Festival

“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/

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Springs Restoration Summit 2016
Sep
30
to Oct 2

Springs Restoration Summit 2016

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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.

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Orange County Solar Co-op Info Sessions
Sep
26
to 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
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orange-county-solar-co-op-information-session-tickets-27485404585

11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 9/27 at UCF Student Union
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orange-county-solar-co-op-information-session-tickets-27485670380

6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 9/27 at Renaissance Senior Center
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/orange-county-solar-co-op-information-session-tickets-27490363417

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Speak Up For Florida Forever
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Speak Up For Florida Forever

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.

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Florida 2070 Webinar
Sep
21
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.

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Free-webinar-on-Florida-2070-on-September-21.html?soid=1113248924465&aid=cVui3fOAYMU

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League of Women Voters OC Natural Resource Committee Special Guest
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

League of Women Voters OC Natural Resource Committee Special Guest

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

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The Hive
Sep
7
6:45 PM18:45

The Hive

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!

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