SIERRA CLUB - FREE SEMINAR: Protecting SE Florida’s Oceans & Coastal Heritage
Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
**If you're reading this after the 9/20 registration cut-off: Feel free to join as a Walk-In anytime during the day! We have plenty of room inside and ample free parking**
SE Florida Residents, Ocean Lovers & Activists:
Are you concerned about climate change, sea level rise, and the increasing amount of human-made pollution and plastics negatively impacting the look, feel, and chemistry of our life-giving oceans and regional seafood?
Then please join the SE Florida Sierra Marine & Water Quality Team and members of the Tri-County Sierra Clubs on Saturday, September 20th (9a-5p), for a very special FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC SEMINAR featuring a host of outstanding speakers working in their respective fields and knowledgeable representatives from several locally based environment-related organizations.
The seminar will be held inside the Hallandale Beach Cultural/Community Center, at 410 SE 3rd Street, Hallandale Beach 33009 - see map above: corner of US1 and SE 3rd St, across from Gulfstream Park & Village. The Center is a large building behind the Library in the Hallandale City Hall complex off US1. There’s plenty of free/safe car parking (including handicapped) surrounding the Center.
Please register via this Eventbrite page to guarantee your seat(s) for you and your guests. We have capacity for over 200 people at the Hallandale Beach Center (general admission, no assigned seating), so please consider inviting your friends and family. You can arrive at any time during the event, and free raffle tickets for prizes, including a valuable WYLAND lithograph, will be provided to those who arrive by 1pm. Optional online donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Donations by cash/check can also be made at the door.
AGENDA & SPEAKERS (in order of presentation):
Event starts at 9a, doors open 8:30a. Come early and enjoy coffee & light refreshments
Opening Statements (Starts at 9am, ~15mins)
SARAH WINTER WHELEN
American Littoral Society & Healthy Oceans Coalition
TOPIC: Introduction to USA's National Ocean Policy (~1hr)
Sarah Winter Whelan is co-director of the Healthy Oceans Coalition, a group of environmental leaders and activists dedicated to the progressive advancement of the USA’s National Ocean Policy as set forth by President Obama in July 2010. Sarah is the Regional Marine Conservation Project Director for the American Littoral Society. The Society is a coastal conservation organization that promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same. Sarah has worked on national and Pacific Northwest ocean and coastal issues for over eight years and worked as Pacific Counsel for Oceana before coming to the Society. Sarah has a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. and Masters in the Studies of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Sarah and her family currently reside in Boston, MA.
For more info about the National Ocean Policy, visit healthyoceanscoalition.org
Surfrider Foundation - Miami Chapter
TOPIC: Beach Erosion and Surfrider's Dune Project (~1hr)
Scott Stripling is a meteorologist with the Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, responsible for marine and weather forecasts for the tropical North Atlantic and East Pacific Oceans. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Northeast Louisiana University in 1985. In 1987, Stripling took a position with Joule Corp, a NASA contractor, to participate in NOZE (The National Ozone Expedition), headed by NOAA’s Dr. Susan Solomon. He spent more than four months at Palmer Station, Antarctica, taking radiosonde observations to quantify upper atmospheric chemical and ozone levels. This was the first field study to assess the ozone hole over Antarctica and its suspected causes. He began his career with NOAA in 1988 as a meteorological intern with the New Orleans area National Weather Service.
PEW Charitable Trusts
TOPIC: Florida Forage Fish Campaign (~1hr)
Cameron Jaggard is a Senior Associate with the U.S. Oceans division at The Pew Charitable Trusts based in Oakland Park, Florida. Before joining the Southeast Forage Fish Conservation Initiative at Pew, Cameron worked for more than four years on a campaign to reduce unwanted catch of marine life in the U.S. surface longline fishery. Cameron holds a BA in Environmental Policy from Rollins College and an environmental science certificate from Florida Atlantic University.
LUNCH BREAK (~Noon to 1pm)
We're working on bringing in some food for everyone. There are numerous restaurants in walking/driving distance on US1 and across the US1 at Gulfstream Village. Feel free to bring your own lunch...Coffee and light refreshments will be offered start-to-close.
Lunch screening of award-winning documentary "Ocean Frontiers", available on DVD at event.
The Nature Conservacy
TOPIC: Intro to Caribbean Coral Biology & Anthropogenic Stressors (~1hr)
James Byrne is the Conservancy’s Marine Science Program Manager for South Florida and the Caribbean and provides technical and scientific leadership for marine conservation initiatives in south Florida, the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. James came to the Conservancy from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A diving instructor and Dive Safety Officer for the Conservancy, he helps set standards for the Conservancy’s scientific diving operations and also trains partner organizations in safe and effective diving practices. James is an avid surfer and is committed to conserving the fragile marine world.
REPRESENTATIVE MARK PAFFORD
Florida House of Representatives (D)
TOPIC: Local, Regional & State Political Considerations (~1hr)
Born in Dade County, Rep. Mark Pafford is a fourth generation Floridian who now resides in West Palm Beach with his wife Tracy and their children-Audrey and Brendan. Rep. Pafford is a graduate of Florida International University and is currently the CEO of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation. Rep. Pafford began his legislative career as a Congressional Aide for U.S. Congressman Larry Smith and also worked for then-State Representative Lois Frankel. First elected to the House in 2008, his district includes West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Haverhill, Loxahatchee Groves, Wellington and Royal Palm Beach. Rep. Pafford currently serves at the Policy Chair for the Democratic Caucus and was selected in September 2013 to hold the post of Democratic Speaker-designate for the Florida House of Representatives.
DR. HAROLD WANLESS
University of Miami
TOPIC: Sea Level Rise and its Impact on S. Florida (~1hr)
Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D., Is chairman and a professor in the Department of geological sciences and Cooper Fellow in the college of arts and sciences. He is available to discuss effects of hurricanes on coastal environments, coastal erosion and post hurricane recovery processes. He has an active research program documenting hurricanes affects on coastal environments and also documenting the geologic and historical evolution of the coastal and shallow marine environment, and influences of sea level rise and anthropogenic stresses. Dr. Wanless heads the science committee for the Miami-Dade climate change advisory task force.
SHORT PRESENTATIONS BY SPECIAL GUESTS THRU-OUT THE DAY!
By participating nonprofit and academic representatives, several will also be hosting information tables in the auditorium. Surprise special guests may present in the 4pm hour.
|RAFFLE (approx 4:30p)
Registered attendees arriving by 1pm will receive a free raffle ticket to win a valuable large limited edition lithograph by MARINE ARTIST WYLAND!
And possibly other valuable prizes (TBD)
*NOTE: You must be present to win and receive raffle item(s).
GENERAL NOTES: Coffee and light refreshments will be available through out the day. Feel free to bring your own food/drink (non-alcholic).
NOTE TO NPO/NGO REPS & POTENTIAL SPONSORS: We will have a limited number of 6-foot tables available for tabling around the perimeter of the auditorium during the breaks. If you’re interested in tabling for your organization or company, please contact Scott Sheckman at http://www.isheck.net
THANK YOU & SEA-YOU-THERE!!
PROUD EVENT SPONSORS:
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South East Florida Sierra Marine & Water Quality Team
As part of the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots environmental group in the United States, the South East Florida Sierra Marine & Water Quality Team was recently formed to inform the public about the man-made problems facing coastal residents and the diverse wildlife that rely on healthy marine environments to survive.