Adapting to a Changing Climate: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Sarasota, FL

Event Detail

Adapting to a Changing Climate: Challenges and Opportunities

Join the Global Interdependence Center, Cumberland Advisors, and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee for a conference on adaptive climate change on Friday, January 25, 2019. This day-long conference agenda is brimming with top professionals and will take place in the Selby Auditorium on the USFSM campus. Click here to register through USFSM.

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GIC is delighted to share an update on a recent outcome from this conference, held on January 25, 2019.
Bob Bunting, co-chair of the program and Climate Adaptation Center (CAC), is pioneering the effort to establish the Climate Adaptation Center in Florida. The CAC seeks to be a resource for government, academe and the private sector to better understand the climate problem and to take reasonable steps to mitigate its worst impacts as Florida is ground zero for climate impacts from seal level rise, Red Tide, the changing characteristics of hurricanes and climate related human health issues. A comprehensive outline of the CAC is available here.

 

Agenda

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

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Introduction and Welcome

  • Introduction
  • Greg Smogard, Innovation & Business Development Officer, USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • Welcome
    • David R. Kotok, CIO, Cumberland Advisors and GIC Board Member
    • 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

  • 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, Scientist/Entrepreneur and CEO, Waterstone Strategies

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. | Is Climate Warming Increasing Red Tide?

  • Lenny Landau, Database Analyst/Engineer

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Panel: Florida & Climate Change

  • Robert Corell, Principal, Global Environment Technology Foundation/Professor
  • Bob Bunting, Scientist/ Entrepreneur and CEO, Waterstone Strategies
  • Moderator: David Kotok, CIO Cumberland Advisors and GIC Board Member

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch: USFSM Patio

 

Session II: Local Impacts & Adaptive Strategies an Optimistic View

Moderator: Greg Smogard

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. | Perspectives from a Florida Town Manger

  • Tom Harmer, Town Manager, Longboat Key and former Administrator Sarasota County Manager

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. | Climate, Municipal Bonds and Infrastructure

  • Patricia Healy, Senior Vice President of Research and Portfolio Manager, Cumberland Advisors

2:15 – 2:40 p.m. | Panel: Local Solutions

  • Ed Chiles, Chiles Restaurant Group: Topic: – “Oyster Farms Inc.”Adapting to rising sea temperatures
  • Moderator: David & Jennifer Shafer, Principals, Shafer Consulting Inc.

2:40 p.m. | Concluding Remarks

  • David Kotok, CIO, Cumberland Advisors and GIC Board Member
  • Karen Holbrook, Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee
  • Bob Bunting, Scientist/Entrepreneur and CEO, Waterstone Strategies

Event Location

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019 Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM City: Sarasota, FL University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Address: Selby Auditorium, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

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Speakers

Bob Bunting

Bob Bunting

CEO, Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Center - CAC

Robert (Bob) Bunting is a scientist and serial entrepreneur, high technology start up expert and educator. He CEO of the new Climate Adaptation & Mitigations Center, CAC, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing a curated data- base and situational analysis in four topical areas impacted by a warming climate. 

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Robert W. Corell

Robert W. Corell

Dr. Robert W. Corell is a Principal at the Global Environment Technology Foundation, Professor II at both the University of the Arctic’s new Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry and the University of Tromso, Head of the U.S. Office for the Global Energy Assessment.

Dr. Robert W. Corell is a Principal at the Global Environment Technology Foundation, Professor II at both the University of the Arctic’s new Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry and the University of Tromso, Head of the U.S. Office for the Global Energy Assessment. In 2010, Dr. Corell founded the non-profit Global Science Associates, an interdisciplinary nucleus for the world’s best science experts and collaboratories.

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Tom Harmer

Tom Harmer

Town Manager Longboat Key and former Sarasota County Administrator

Tom Harmer has more than 33 years of experience in local government, including nearly eight years as city manager of Titusville, Florida. He also served as Titusville’s fire chief, emergency manager and the executive director of the Community Development Agency. He previously served as deputy fire chief and emergency manager in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Karen Holbrook

Karen Holbrook

Regional Chancellor, USF Sarasota-Manatee

Karen A. Holbrook, Ph.D., is the Regional Chancellor at USF Sarasota-Manatee, following a year as the Interim President for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Before assuming the position at Embry-Riddle she worked as a higher education consultant and the Senior Advisor to the President at the University of South Florida, where she was, until recently, the Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation then Senior Vice President for Global Affairs and International Research.

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David Kotok

David Kotok

CIO of Cumberland Advisors

David R. Kotok cofounded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its Chief Investment Officer since inception. He holds a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in organizational dynamics from The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Lenny Landau

Lenny Landau

Database Analyst/Engineer

Mr. Landau graduated from West Virginia University in 1963 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He worked for General Electric Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati Ohio for 39 years.  Following retirement in 2002 he consulted for GE for 11 years.

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Partners

Cumberland Advisors

Sponsors

Atlas Insurance Agency
Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida, Inc (Science and Environment Council)
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee