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Adapting to a Changing Climate

Jan 25, 2019

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Global to Local Impact.
From hurricanes to red tide and sea level rise, learn how a changing climate affects the Sarasota-Manatee region and the state of Florida. Our expert speakers will discuss the challenges and impact on our region while uncovering the adaptive strategies that bring unique social and economic opportunities.

Friday, January 25, 2019
8:30 A.M. – 3 P.M.

Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee:
8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

Cost: $50 (includes lunch)

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Friday, January 25, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration and Coffee

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
Introduction: Dr. Greg Smogard, Innovation & Business Development Officer, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Welcome: Mr. David R. Kotok, CIO, Cumberland Advisors, GIC Board Member
Dr. Karen Holbrook, Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee
Bob Bunting, Scientist/ Entrepreneur and CEO Waterstone Strategies


Session I: A Florida-Centric Perspective of a Changing Climate
Moderator: Bob Bunting

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. | Climate Change & Sea Level Rise: Implications for Florida & the Region
Dr. Robert Corell, Principal, Global Environment Technology Foundation/Professor

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. | Break

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Climate Warming & Hurricanes: Impacts for Florida May Be Changing For The Worse
Bob Bunting, CEO, Waterstone Strategies; Scientist/Entrepreneur

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. | Is Climate Warming Increasing Red Tide?
Lenny Landau, Data Analyst/Engineer

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Panel: Florida & Climate Change
Dr. Robert Corell, Bob Bunting & Lenny Landau
Moderator: David Kotok

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

Session II: Local Impacts & Adaptive Strategies: An Optimist View
Moderator: Greg Smogard

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. | Perspectives from a Florida Town Manager
Tom Harmer, Manager, Town of Longboat Key; former Administrator, Sarasota County Manager

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. | Climate, Municipal Bonds and Infrastructure
Patricia Healy, SVP, Cumberland Advisors

2:15 – 2:40 p.m. | Panel: Local Solutions
Nano-Bubbles and Red Tide Mitigation – Science and Entrepreneurship Collide
“Oyster Farms Inc.”- Adapting to rising sea temperatures – Ed Chiles, CEO
Planning for sea level rise – Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager,
City of Sarasota
Insurance in the age of Climate Warming – David Mc Mahon, Atlas Insurance
Moderator: Jennifer & David Shafer, Shafer Consulting Inc.

2:40 p.m. | Concluding Remarks
Dr. Karen Holbrook, David Kotok & Bob Bunting