USF Sarasota-Manatee to host Environmental Economics series

For the third year, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s Institute for Public Policy and Leadership will partner with the College of Business to present an Environmental Economics series with events from January through April 2011.

Dramatic changes in the environment over the past few years have begun to awaken the public and arouse public officials to the increasingly pressing need for well-crafted policy changes, strategic investment in emerging energy technology, and more informed and active grassroots efforts to address environmental challenges.

In 2011, the Environmental Economics series will focus on:

  • Alternative Energy:  Viable and Realistic choices for Florida
  • Regional and local water issues:  Creative Ways to Meet Demand
  • Sustainable Seafood and Fisheries:  Current Status and Compelling Needs for the Future
  • The Business Case for Sustainability:  Benefits and Costs of Getting There
  • How carbon actually functions within the ecosystem to affect climate and what that means to our present lifestyle

These programs, are designed to create a better informed public which can engage in the political process to make sensible demands for energy and environmental policy changes.

Each lecture will be held from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.  The cost is $15 and includes a box lunch.  The dates, moderators and topics are as follows:

Water Issues

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Speaker:  Bill Bilenky, Southwest Florida Water Management District General Counsel

Alternative Energy

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Speaker: Yogi Goswami, Ph. D., E.D., John & Naida Ramil Professor and Co-Director, Clean Energy Research Center, USF Tampa


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Speakers:  Mote Marine Representatives:  Dr. Kevan Main, Center for Aquaculture Research & Development and Dr.  Ken Leber, Center for Fisheries Enhancement

Business Sustainability

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Speakers: Michael R. Carlson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Carlson Studio Architecture, and Julie Childers Henry, Director, Conservation Enterprises Unlimited

The Environmental Economics Series is also sponsored by The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to register for an event, please call the USF Sarasota-Manatee event hotline at (941) 359-4602 or visit