Free for UF Faculty, staff and Students!
16th Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Feb. 25-27, 2010
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There’s still time to preregister for the 16th Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference “Bringing it All Back Home: Leadership, Land Use, and Local-nomics." This year’s conference offers the usual affordable CLE credits (14.5 general) and a program with a diverse and fascinating group of speakers. Panels will tackle intriguing topics ranging from: how coastal communities can plan effectively for sea level rise and ecosystem migration, to exploring the regulatory hurdles for the local food movement, to regreening the urban fabric. A panel on the changing face of environmental journalism will offer insights from prominent journalists including Craig Pittman, co-author of Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss and St. Petersburg Times staff writer, and Juanita Green, the former Miami Herald writer featured in Ken Burns’ recent documentary on the National Parks.
Sessions cover subjects like local and life cycle approaches to environmental certification, using the public trust doctrine to protect water resources, and will highlight case students that show how local environmental leadership can have a ripple effect – causing a wider circle of positive change. You can view a complete agenda on our website www.law.ufl.edu/piec. Panelists include environmental public interest advocates, government officials, business owners, and agency staff members. The attached pdf of the conference program includes an even more detailed agenda. Saturday features a workshop focused on the rezoning and development order process and one focused on conservation leadership skills.
In addition to acclaimed authors Darrin Nordhaus (author of The New Public Produce) and Michael Rosenzweig (author of Win-Win Ecology: How The Earth's Species Can Survive In The Midst of Human Enterprise ), plenary sessions will feature longtime environmental activist and former presidential environmental advisor Joe Browder. Julian Juergensmeyer, the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Chair in Law at Georgia State University College of Law and longtime UF Professor, will kick the conference off in a speech titled "Bringing It All Back Home: Where the Wild Things Are!" at the law school on Thursday evening, Feb. 25. Former students of Professor Juergensmeyer will be able to help celebrate his 45th year of teaching at the conference opening reception that will be held in the beautiful Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center on Thursday, beginning at 6 pm. Bill Belleville, a Sanford, Fla., resident who is a documentary filmmaker and award-winning environmental author, will give the keynote address during the Friday night banquet at the Harn Museum. Bellville’s books include River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. John’s River and Losing it all to Sprawl: How Progress Ate My Cracker Landscape.
So register today! Registration information is available at www.law.ufl.edu/piec/registration.shtml. The preregistration deadline has been extended until Thursday, February 18. Applications postmarked or emails received by that date will qualify for the discounted registration fee of $85, covering the Thursday reception and Friday and Saturday daytime programming. For onsite registration and mail registrations postmarked after Thursday Feb. 18, registration for the Thursday reception and Friday and Saturday daytime events is $100. UF faculty, students, and staff must register, but can attend for free. Registration for non-UF students is $15. The Friday banquet is $35 for all registrants and preregistrants. A limited number of registration scholarships are available. You can mail in your registration form or email it to registration chair Leslie Rogoff at [log in to unmask].