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Environment, Climate and County Resiliency


6.5 hours of Professional Development (In application process)
4.5 hours Face to Face, 2 hours post-workshop assignment
Facilitated by Earth Ethics Institute Staff        

Climate change is influencing Miami-Dade County’s thinking on urban, regional, transportation and economic planning. Florida has more people living less than four  feet above sea level than any U.S. state, except Louisiana. The county has the largest amount of exposed assets and the fourth-largest population vulnerable to sea-level rise in the world. While being located at the frontlines of sea-level rise has presented daunting challenges, the leadership and action being taken by local officials, governments, universities, and organizations have laid a foundation of planning, policy, and awareness. The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan calls for concerted effort in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to regional and local impacts of a changing climate. The recommendations presented in the plan aim to accomplish these goals while serving to protect the assets of the region’s unique quality of life and economy, guiding future investments, and fostering livable, sustainable, and resilient communities. This component of the summit will address the recent county understanding that resiliency is tied to learning to live with water, re-thinking infrastructure and insuring an equitable approach for all residents.


-Describe the importance of a sustainable local food system

-Summarize key regional initiatives addressing the impact of climate change and rising seas

-Identify how Active Design Guidelines contribute to resiliency

-Envision transits role in creating resilient communities

-Identify physical and socio-economic concerns affecting our most vulnerable communities


Evaluation will include completion of workshop and participant must develop a discipline specific lesson plan or course module that incorporates key concepts of sustainability and/or  systems thinking. Lesson plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop, and will be posted on the Earth Ethics webpage.


Laura Reynolds, Director, Tropical Audubon
Marta Vicedo, co-founder, Urban Impact Lab
Doug Yoder, or colleague  - Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer, Director 
Nicole Hefty, or colleague – Miami-Dade County, Office of Sustainability



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