February 19-21, 2004

10th Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference
Theme this year: “Shaping Florida’s Future: A Decade of Protecting an Eternity.”
   
University of Florida Levin College of Law
     Gainesville, Florida
For registration and additional information, visit the 10th Public Interest Environmental Conference web site at http://grove.ufl.edu/~els, or call the Center for Governmental Responsibility at (352) 392-2237.

Since its inception, the Conference has attracted top lawyers, decision makers, and scientists from around the state and beyond to talk about Florida’s most pressing environmental issues. This year’s Conference will continue in that tradition and promises to be an exciting and informative event. The Conference will begin on Thursday, February 19th with an opening reception address by environmental law scholar Oliver Houck at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Mr. Houck was the first ever conference keynote speaker, and he returns to kick off the anniversary weekend with a bang.

Panels begin the morning of Friday, February 20th, at the J. Wayne Reitz Union, covering some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the state in four different areas: Florida’s Waters, Land & Development, Marine & Coastal, and Cutting Edge. In the Florida’s Waters track, panels are scheduled for issues such as the Council of 100 statewide water distribution proposal, Florida’s springs protection, and current Florida water quality issues. Slated for the Land & Development track are panel discussions on code enforcement and population carrying capacities. For the Marine & Coastal track, panels will focus on working waterfronts, ocean governance, and offshore aquaculture. The Cutting Edge track is one of the newer areas of dialogue and will be featuring panels on clean energy, genetically modified foods, and environmental security. Panels continue on Saturday morning with a special plenary on environmental justice and a citizen workshop on constitutional amendments. 

Highlighting the weekend, famed author and Miami-Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen will deliver the keynote address at the Friday Evening Banquet. Mr. Hiaasen’s unique blend of humor and environmental consciousness will be a fitting tribute to the goals and spirit of the annual public interest conference. With such dynamic speakers and panel discussions, this year’s PIEC promises to both highly informative and entertaining.

The law school’s Environmental and Land Use Society and the Center for Governmental Responsibility will sponsor the conference in cooperation with Public Interest Committee of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar. Sponsors include the Center for Governmental Responsibility; Hopping, Green & Sams, P.A.; the Jelks Family Foundation; as well as UF Student Government and Law College Council.

Panel Schedule:

Time

Thursday Evening, February 19, 2004

 

 

6:00 9:00

Reception – Florida Museum of Natural History

Speaker: Ollie Houck (invited)

Time

Friday, February 20, 2004

8:30 – 10:00

Auditorium

Morning Plenary: Introduction to Conference Tracks

 

Student Assistants:  Erika Zimmerman & Ryan Osborne

zimmere@hotmail.com          ryeosb@ufl.edu

10:30 – 12:00

Florida’s Waters

 

Land & Development

 

Marine & Coastal

 

Cutting Edge

 

The Challenge of Supplying Water for the Environment and
Growth

 

Student Assistant:

Drew Melville

Dtm89@aol.com

PIC Contact:

Erin Deady

Population Carrying Capacities-

“Don’t come around here no more”

 

 

Student Assistant:

Holly Blumenthal

hab@ufl.edu

PIC Contact: Richard Grosso & Shaw Stiller

Ocean

Governance

 

 

 

 

Student Assistant:

Leslie Utiger

lutiger@ufl.edu

PIC Contact:

David White

 

Indoor Air

Pollution: Legal Issues and Solutions

 

 

 

Student Assistant:

Todd Stedeford

tstedefo@ufl.edu

PIC Contact:

Marti Collins

 

12:00 – 1:30

Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00

Florida’s Waters

 

Land & Development

Marine & Coastal

Cutting Edge

 

 

Florida Forever Funds for Water Resource Development

 

Student Assistant:

Aubree Gallagher

aubree@ufl.edu

PIC Contact:

Yvonne Steiger

Pros and Cons of PuttingComp Plan Amenments in the Hands of the People

 

Student Assistant:

Samara Akers

samakers@ufl.edu

PIC Contact:

Ross Burnaman

Working

Waterfronts

 

 

 

Student Assistant:

Allison Gluvna

Allison_gluvna@

hotmail.com

PIC Contact:

Tim Mclendon

GMO/GM

Foods

 

 

 

Student Assistant:

David Fazzino

dfazzino@ufl.edu

PIC Contact:

Mary Jane Angelo

 

 

3:30 – 5:00

Florida’s Waters

 

Land & Development

 

Marine & Coastal

 

Cutting Edge

 

Florida Springs Health

Student Assistant:

Matt Brewer

matbrewer@msn.com

PIC Contact:

Richard Hamann &

Kelly Samek

 

Code

Enforcement

Student Assistant:

Adam Babington

a_e_b@juno.com

PIC Contact:

Richard Grosso

 

 

 

 

Offshore

Aquaculture

Student Assistant:

Alan Hawkins

alanization@hotmail.com

PIC Contact:

David White

Clean

Energy

Student Assistant:

Adam Regar

adamregar@hotmail.com

PIC Contact:

Marti Collins

 

 

7:00 – 10:00

Evening Banquet - University of Florida Hilton Hotel & Conference Center

 

Keynote Speaker: Carl Hiassen

 

Saturday, February 21, 2004

9:00 – 10:30

Auditorium

Morning Plenary:   Challenges in Environmental Justice

 

Student Assistants: Christine Francescani & Quilla Trimmer-Smith

stine@ufl.edu                  qearth@ufl.edu

11:00 – 12:30

 

Florida’s Water Quality Issues

 

Student Assistant:

Richard Green

rjgreen@ufl.edu

PIC contact:

Erin Deady

 

Cradle to Cradle and Green Design

 

Student Assistant:

Matt Hill

Matthew.d.hill@cba.ufl.edu

PIC contact:

Gary Davis &

Nicole Kibert

 

Environmental

Security

 

Student Assistant:

Blake Johnson

blakegjohnson@hotmail.com

PIC Contact:

Eric Dannenmeier

 

 

 

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch  Break

1:30 – 3:30

Auditorium

Citizen Training: The “How-to” on Constitutional Amendments

 

Student Assistant:

West Gregory

West_Gregory@hotmail.com

PIC contact:

Ross Burnaman