hours of Professional Development (In application process)
1 hours pre-workshop,3 hours Face to Face, 2 hours post-workshop
This workshop focuses on the
South Florida ecosystem and watershed as well as the integration of
freshwater sustainability and water ethics into curriculum. Review U.S.
and Florida water history, and connections among Lake Kissimmee, Lake
Okeechobee, the Everglades wetlands, estuaries and coral reefs.
Ecosystem size, water supply, nutrient load, diverse flora and fauna,
and interrelationships with urban communities including current water
use and key freshwater challenges will be reviewed as will a synopsis of
the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, with a goal of
compatibility of the built and natural systems.
Tour a portion of Biscayne
Bay by boat while learning about efforts to preserve and enhance its
natural condition. Discuss progressive communitywide solutions underway
from flood-prone Netherlands to drought-addled Australia as well as
climate change links to key topics of water and weather/rainfall,
drought, and storms. Explore the new water ethic building in communities
and industries, with a focus on the role of colleges in becoming a model
for new ways of living with and valuing water. Reflect on water’s
biological and aesthetic value and brainstorm ways of integrating it
the South Florida watershed
the relationship between South Florida water ecosystems and urban
the past South Florida hydrological and ecological systems with that of
the importance of ecosystem restoration to urban resiliency
progressive community wide water solutions in the world today
a course module or lesson exploring the complexity of water
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 the interrelationship between the water ecosystem
and urban resiliency. 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.
Environmental Programs Coordinator, Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve,
Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, earned a dual Masters in
Marine Biology & Marine Environmental Sciences from
Nova Southeastern University.
Cynthia Barnett is an
environmental journalist and author of Mirage: Florida and the
Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S, Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s
Water Crisis, and Rain: A Natural and Cultural History.
Barnett is currently the Hearst Visiting Professional, University of
Florida, College of Journalism and Communications.