The Resilience and Water Module

The Resilience and Water Module

The Resilience and Water Module

November 7 & 8, 2017

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville

On Tuesday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 8, Florida Earth, in partnership with the University of Florida's College of Design, Planning and Construction (DCP) and the College of Engineering's Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE) will hold a conference/workshop on resilience and water.  A registration fee of $195 includes lunch for both days and reception at the end of Tuesday, November 7.

The Resilience and Water Module
Draft Agenda

Tuesday, November 7

8:30 AM    Coffee and registration

9:00 AM    Welcome and Introduction – Stan Bronson, Executive Director, Florida Earth at UF

9:15 AM   Keynote Address - Introducing the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER), Chimay Anumba, Dean, UF College of Design, Construction & Planning (DCP)

9:45 AM   Perspectives in Resilience – Moderator: Pepper Uchino, Anfield Consulting.  Panel members: Honorable Nancy Shaver, Mayor of St. Augustine; Gary Cecchine, Executive Director, Rand Institute for the Gulf States; Natalie Schneider, Climate Change & Sustainability Coordinator, Palm Beach County

10:45 AM  Break

11:00 AM  Innovation in Engineering – Moderator, Kirk Hatfield, Director UF’s Engineering School for Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE).  Panel members: Michael Flood, National Resiliency Lead, WSP; Steve Bourne, Director of Research, Atkins; Jason Bird, Practice Leader, CH2M (invited)

12:00 PM Lunch and Keynote: Craig Fugate, Former Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)

1:00 PM The Bottom-Line Drivers: Finance and Insurance – Moderator: Bill Whiteford.  Panel members: Samantha Medlock, Director of North America, Willis Towers Watson; Jack Lansing, Vice President, UBS; 

2:00 PM  Communicating with the Public about Resilience – Moderator: Simone Dominique, Chief Communicator, Florida Earth; Roselyn Smith, Fulbright Professional, Miami; Irela Bague, President & CEO, Bague Group

3:00 PM   Break

3:15 PM   Breakouts – Identifying gaps in resilience science, engineering, business and policy

  • Science – Tom Frazer, Director, UF School of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Engineering – TBA
  • Business – Denver Stutler, Submergent Technologies
  • Policy – Gary Cecchine, Rand Institute for the Gulf

4:00 PM  Reports and Debrief

4:30 PM  Instructions for Friday and Adjourn 

5:30 PM  Reception and Florida Earth at UF celebration

Wednesday, November 8

8:30 AM Coffee and Registration

9:00 AM Introduction and Plan of the Day – Bill Whiteford

9:10 AM  Keynote – Ben Preston, Director of Infrastructure and Environment, Rand Corporation

9:50 AM  Resilience Research Needs: Who Does What?  Moderator:  Chimay Anumba, Dean, UF College of Design, Construction and Planning.  Panel Members:  Jennifer Jurado, Director of the Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, Broward County (Invited); FIBER faculty member

10:45 AM  Break

11:00 AM  Keys to Good Resilience Policy – Moderator: TBA;  Panel members: Alec Bogdanoff, President, Brizaga, Inc.; 

12:00 PM  Lunch and Keynote: State of the State - Florida's Infrastructure Grade - Pepper Uchino, Anfield Consulting and Resiliency Florida

12:45 PM Review of the Gaps: Setting the Stage for Solutions – Simone Dominique, Florida Earth at UF

1:15 PM  Breakouts:  Innovations to Fill the Gaps

  • Science – Jennifer Adler, Florida Earth Young Scholar, PhD Candidate at UF
  • Engineering – Madelyn Harvey, Florida Earth Young Scholar, PhD Candidate at Scripps Oceanographic, UC San Diego
  • Business – TBA
  • Policy – Anne Siders, Florida Earth Young Scholar, PhD Candidate at Stanford

2:00 PM  Reports from Breakouts

2:45 PM Where Do We Go From Here? 

3:00 PM Adjourn

Jennifer Adler
FE Young Scholar
UF PhD Cand.
Anne Siders
FE Young Scholar
Irela Bague
President & CEO
Bague Group
Michael Flood
National Resiliency Lead

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1938 W University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32603


Craig Fugate
Craig Fugate LLC and former FEMA Administrator

Chimay Anumba
Bill Whiteford
UF Postdoc and Deputy Ex. Dir.
Florida Earth
Kirk Hatfield
Steve Bourne
Director of Research
Nancy Shaver
City of St. Augustine
Gary Cecchine
Executive Director
Rand Institute for the Gulf States
Pepper Uchino
Anfield Consulting
Simone Dominique
Communication Director
Florida Earth
Ben Preston
Director, Infra. & Env.
Rand Corporation
Roselyn Smith
Fulbright Fellow in Resilience
Alex Bogdanoff
Brizaga, Inc.
Jason Bird
Practice Leader

Natialie Schneider
Climate Change & Sustainability Coordinator
Palm Beach County

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