Sea level rise and other changes in the physical environment present adaptation challenges for local governments in Florida, as well as the state and federal governments. Panelists will discuss some of the changes that are anticipated, and review federal, state, and local initiatives to address these challenges.

Janet E. Bowman ('87), Director, Legislative Policy & Strategies, Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Ms. Bowman previously served as Legal Director of 1000 Friends of Florida, as an attorney for the Senate Community Affairs Committee and the Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, and as a Senior Attorney for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Environmental Law & Land Use Section of The Florida Bar. She received her J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law and her B.A. from New College of Florida.

Will Butler, Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning, Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Through his work with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Community Resiliency Focus Group, Professor Butler has helped to develop guidance for climate adaptation planning that focuses on establishing planning time horizons, assessing institutional capacities for using sea level rise projections, and incorporating climate change impacts into the state hazard mitigation plan. His ongoing work explores collaborative approaches to address climate change adaptation at regional scales.
Julie A. Dennis, Community Program Manager, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Ms. Dennis has worked in the private, local, state and federal government sectors of planning. She currently works with the Division of Community Development focusing on providing technical assistance relating to preservation of working waterfronts, post-disaster redevelopment planning, sea level rise adaptation and community asset-based economic development.
Heidi Stiller, Human Dimensions Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center. Ms. Stiller is involved in efforts to help communities understand and address coastal risks and manage natural resources along the coasts. Ms. Stiller also has experience with recovery planning and participated on the advisory team for Florida’s Post-Disaster Redevelopment Planning pilot project. Before joining NOAA, Ms. Stiller worked for the Division of Emergency Management in North Carolina, and spent three years at the Florida Coastal Management Program.
David L. Markell (Moderator), Steven M. Goldstein Professor and Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Florida State University College of Law.
Followed by a Reception in the Rotunda
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