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Broward College will host sea level rise and climate change fireside chat

September 26, 2017 | More Events, News, slider

Two kids and a woman stand in flooded Coral Gables park. Water is ankle-high.

The devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Irma on parts of Florida and the impact of others on the region have ignited questions and discussions on the cause of these natural disasters. As part of an ongoing commitment to environmental awareness, the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership at Broward College will host a Sea Level Rise and Climate Change Fireside Chat on October 12 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Judson A. Samuels South Campus in Pembroke Pines

The event will feature a panel presentation from guest speakers James Murley from Miami-Dade County Chief Resilience Office, Dr. Jennifer Jurado from Broward County Chief Climate Resilience Office, and Kari Hebert, a Political Science professor at Broward College. After the moderated discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive Q & A session. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Meet the Panelists

James Murley has more than 40 years of experience of public policy issues management in Florida. He currently serves on various committees and task forces dedicated to energy and climate issues and was the founding executive director for 1,000 Friends of Florida, a statewide organization “focused on community planning and protection of natural resources.” He has spent ten years of his career with Florida Atlantic University overseeing research on urban and environmental issues.

Dr. Jennifer Jurado oversees shoreline protection and water management planning. In her time with the County, she has led the formalization of sea level rise adaptation strategies through community planning and agency operations. She specializes in advancing multi-jurisdictional projects and has led the organization of the County’s Climate Change Task Force, Water Resources Task Force and Water Advisory Board. She also oversaw the development of Broward County’s first community-wide Climate Change Action Plan, and progressive changes in policy to reflect new environmental standards. During her 15 years with the County, she served as staff to President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. She was recognized by the White House in as a Champion of Change for her leadership on climate resilience, and participation in diverse domestic and international workshops and symposia.

Kari Hebert is an assistant professor of political science and has been with Broward College since 2009. Her focus is on national government, international relations, state and local government. In addition to her role as an educator, she is the faculty advisor for the S Judson A. Samuels South Campus Political Science Club and has served as host of various political speaking engagements for South Campus including moderator of the Speaker Series Fireside Chat with political analyst, Ana Navarro. Prior to her tenure as a faculty member, Hebert was a Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer.

To learn more about the fireside chat or local climate change actions visit here

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