Florida State College of Law Spring Environmental Forum, March 27, 2008


The Florida State University College of Law and The Florida Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section present:


Thursday, March 27, 2008
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Florida State Law

Room 102
Reception to follow

Climate change is one of the central policy issues of our time. The Florida State University College of Law Spring 2008 Environmental Forum will feature experts who will discuss a range of issues concerning climate change. Speakers will discuss the state of the science concerning climate change and the likely role of greenhouse gas emissions in contributing to climate change. The Forum will also focus on Florida in particular. Experts will discuss the possible impacts of climate change on Florida, the role of land use and transportation in contributing to climate change, and the opportunities and challenges associated with addressing climate change concerns in the land use and transportation arenas.

Lauren Moody, a third-year law student and president of the law school's Environmental Law Society, will introduce the Forum.


Dr. Jeff Chanton, the John Widmer Winchester Professor of Oceanography at Florida State University, works on a variety of research problems that involve the rates at which the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide reach the atmosphere and how gases function in different environments. Current projects include the effect of permafrost decomposition on methane release from northern regions including Alberta and Alaska; the design of landfill covers to reduce methane emissions; and the study of ecosystem respiration, a natural source of carbon dioxide and methane to the atmosphere, in pine forests and peat bogs. In addition, he supervises the research of graduate students and teaches a number of undergraduate classes including Oceanography and Global Change.
Charles Gauthier, director of the division of community planning for the Florida Department of Community Affairs, has 30 years of experience working in the areas of environmental protection and growth management. His previous experience includes positions with the (former) Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, where he assisted with state water policy and protection of the Everglades; Collier County, where he served as chief of long range planning and manager of planning; and Lee County where he served as zoning manager. He also served as growth management administrator and chief of comprehensive planning for the Florida Department of Community Affairs prior to his current position. Gauthier has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1987.
Kathy Neill has worked with the Florida Department of Transportation since 1997. She currently serves as the Department's director of the Office of Policy Planning and is responsible for developing the Florida Transportation Plan and other statewide transportation plans and for coordinating the implementation of federal metropolitan and rural planning requirements assigned the Department. The Office also serves as the liaison on transportation policy issues with federal agencies, the Governor's Office, other state agencies, local and regional government agencies, and the Florida Transportation Commission. Additionally, Neill provides technical assistance to regional entities, such as myregion.org, in the development of 50 year visions of how regions would like to grow, integrating transportation planning into land use planning for these areas of the state.


David Markell , Florida State Law's Steven M. Goldstein Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will moderate the Forum. Professor Markell is active in the areas of international and domestic environmental and administrative law. Widely recognized for his scholarship involving environmental and administrative law and policy, Professor Markell has co-authored or co-edited five books and published numerous articles.

Florida Bar CLE credit is pending.

Call 850.644.7781 or send an e-mail to reserve a seat at the forum.