Florida Water Choices Event Nov. 1

Water Choices IV event at USF aims to solve water challenges in Florida.


By Beti Gathegi

Special to USF News


TAMPA,  Fla. (Oct. 28, 2011) – University of South Florida’s Patel School of Global Sustainability and the Florida Earth Foundation are teaming up for Water Choices IV on Tuesday,  Nov. 1 at the Patel Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will focus on the role of public-private partnerships in solving Florida's water challenges.


Water Choices IV is the latest in a series of events that have focused on water policy, infrastructure, law, regulation, land use and best practices. Previous events have taken place at University of Miami, University of Central Florida and the University of North Florida. This think-tank event will feature experts from around the state who will actively explore solutions with participants.


 “One of the primary goals of the Patel School of Global Sustainability is to come up with results-oriented solutions that are interdisciplinary in nature. We are very happy to be teaming up with the Florida Earth Foundation on this day to find tangible results to some of Florida's ongoing water problems,” said Dr. Kala Vairavamoorthy, Director of the Patel School of Global Sustainability.


Water Choices IV will build on conversations from past sessions and event managers will engage former participants by live streaming and live blogging the proceedings.


This session will create a collaborative environment where participants actively discuss and propose ways to solve Florida’s water challenges along with industry leaders from around the state, including Steve Seibert, former Senior Vice President for the Collins Center for Public Policy and Florida Trend journalist Cynthia Barnett,  author of  Mirage and Blue Revolution. Other experts include Florida Next Foundation chair Alex Sink, representatives from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Tampa Bay Water and The Mosaic Company.


“Engaging people through the Water Choices process provides ways for people to take ownership in water solutions,” said Stan Bronson, Executive Director of the Florida Earth Foundation.


The event is free to USF students; and registration is $95 for the general public. To register, please visit floridaearth.org


The Patel School of Global Sustainability houses USF’s cutting-edge research and education in global sustainability. The Patel School of Global Sustainability is comprised of the Patel Center for Global Solutions, the School of Global Sustainability and the university’s Office of Sustainability.


The Florida Earth Foundation’s mission is to bring people together through education, public outreach, and facilitation to ensure the future integrity of Florida’s environment and quality of life.


Beti Gathegi can be reached at 813-974-8367.