Summit | Thursday, October 6

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Act Now to Protect Our Paradise

The upcoming SWFL Climate & Community Summit is your opportunity to understand our current climate challenges and learn how you can be part of the solution to protect our paradise. Hosted by SWFL Climate & Community Initiative and powered by Hertz, this Summit will be an impactful event for our community:

Thursday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
5001 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Below is a brief outline of the program:

1:00 P.M. | Check-In
1:30 P.M. | Program Begins
4:00 P.M. | Coffee Break
5:45 P.M. | Closing Remarks

Scroll down to learn more about this interactive and dynamic program that overcomes barriers by bringing together our community for one goal – to act today to preserve tomorrow.

We are closely monitoring the storm, and any future storms, and we will communicate with attendees regarding any event updates.

Powerful Summit Program

The afternoon of the SWFL Climate & Community Summit will be interactive with opportunities to engage with others in the community and communicate with policymakers. This powerful program includes the following sessions:

  • “The Urgency of Now”
    Film by KC Schulberg of Collier Waterkeepers
  • Welcome
    Emcee, Greg Tolley, The Water School, Florida Gulf Coast University
    Rob Moher, Conservancy of Southwest Florida
    Katie Leone, Hertz Corporation
    Marco Rubio, United States Senator (recorded message)
  • Assessing Flooding Vulnerability in Southwest Florida Using ACUNE
    Dr. Mike Savarese, The Water School, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • SWFL Economic Impacts
    Noah Valenstein, J.D., Florida Gulf Coast University
  • What Are They Thinking? Results of SWFL Climate Solutions
    Dr. Ana Puszkin-Chevlin, Growing Climate Solutions
  • Comprehensive Vulnerability Assessments to Enhance Community Resiliency & Environment Justice
    Jennifer Hecker, Coastal Heartland National Estuary Partnership
  • Planning for Water Management Resiliency in South Florida
    Dr. Carolina Maran, South Florida Water Management District
  • News from the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Coalition
    Dana Souza, City Manager, City of Sanibel
  • Everglades Restoration is Essential to Building Resilience in South Florida
    Dr. Steve Davis, Everglades Foundation
  • Local Organizations Climate Action Leadership
    Bob Moore, Sanibel-Captiva Renewable Energy
    Julia Herbst, Solar United Neighbors
    Joan Marshall, All Faiths Unitarian Climate Action Team
    Linda Sechrist, RESET
    Solemi Hernandez, Citizens Climate Lobby
    Dr. Judy Hushon, League of Women Voters
    Dr. Dianne Lindsay-Mattern, Carbon Crew Project
  • Community Engagement Session Instructions
    Hal Beardall & Rafael Montalvo, FCRC
  • Tabletop Discussions with Stakeholders
    Focused on 10 key topics:
    1. Improving Community Climate Education & Awareness
      Dr. Heather Skaza-Acosta & Dr. Molly Nation
    2. Adopting Clean Energy
      Katie Leone & Ariel Hoover
    3. Using Green Infrastructure to Increase Resilience & Mitigate Impacts
      Britt Patterson-Weber & Natalie Hardman
    4. Addressing the Human Health Risks of Warmer Climate
      Dr. Jay Gupta & Dr. Catherin Toms
    5. Improving the Resilience of Our Coastal Interface
      Dr. Carrie Schuman & Marisa Figueroa
    6. Improving the Resilience of Our Water Management Infrastructure
      Dr. Seneshaw Tsegaye & Dr. Carolina Maran
    7. Promoting Smart Development that Minimizes Future Climate Risk
      April Olson & Dr. Tyler Patak
    8. Addressing Agricultural Needs & Biodiversity Conservation
      Jessica Rylas & Gene McAvoy
    9. Promoting Green Business Practices
      Andy Hill & Bridget Washburn
    10. Coordinating Stakeholder Engagement to Improve Advocacy Effectiveness
      Terri Mazany & Halle Goldstein
  • Report Out & Polling
  • Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Collier Community Foundation
  • Charlette Roman, Board Member, South Florida Water Management District

NOTE: We are closely monitoring the storm, and any future storms, and we will communicate with attendees regarding any event updates.

Register Now!

Tickets for the October 6 Summit are only $25! Register through the Eventbrite form to secure your spot. Registration closes on October 1.

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SWFL Climate Summit Update

Due to Hurricane Ian, the SWFL Climate & Community Summit will no longer be held on October 6. Please check back soon for further updates.