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.
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
- Solar 101 Information Session, Jody Finver, Solar United Neighbors of Florida
- 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
- Solar Policy – Panel Discussion, featuring leadership from Vote Solar, SACE and Sierra Club
- 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
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
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.
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:
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:
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
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
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?
The University of Florida's Levin College of Law has announced the dates and theme for its 23rd annual environmental conference. The conference, entitled Land Conservation: The Worth of the Earth, will be held from February 9, 2017 to February 11, 2017.
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.
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
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.
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/
“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.”
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/
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.
Florida Springs Council
Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida
Florida Springs Institute
Save the Manatee Club
Sea to Shore Alliance
For more info about the summit, visit www.springsrestorationsummit.org.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
From Sierra Club:
"A HUGE EVENT in Florida -- Attend if you can, YOU MUST RSVP with the links below, and fill out the SURVEY:
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!"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lucinda Merritt at 386-454-0415.
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
League of Women Voters of Orange County, FL
EVENING of CONVERSATIONS
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.
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
Galloway Room at Mills Memorial Centermap
Winter Park, FL
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Free admittance - Public welcome
Free trainings aim to engage and catalyze action and movement building by U.S women for just climate solutions, with a focus on frontline communities and action from grassroots leaders to policy-makers.
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