Through the programs and projects that Florida Earth Foundation does and the manner in which these are carried out, the organization has created a “platform of Education, Outreach and Discussion” that creates opportunities for people and organizations to be engaged in creating a sustainable future for Florida, the nation and the globe.
Florida Earth’s mission is “to bring people together through education, outreach and facilitation to ensure Florida’s environmental integrity and way of life.” Being a non-advocacy organization, Florida Earth provides an “honest broker” service to Florida and brings people together by education and discussion on a foundational central theme of "stewardship."
Florida Earth has developed and currently administers projects and programs both domestically and in the Netherlands, all with a over-riding of theme of education first. The programs and projects currently are:
the only permanent program between Florida and the United Nations. The UNESCO-IHE/FEF Student Program – The Institute for Water Education (IHE), located in Delft, Holland, is one of the premier international universities that awards graduate degrees to developing country students studying water-related disciplines. Florida Earth brings IHE students to the United States to study technology developed here so that they can take knowledge back to their home countries to solve their water problems. This program cover all four Florida Earth Focal Points.
A professional development program in the Netherlands that focuses on sea-level rise and water management. The program is completely customizable for organizational needs. Some potential future focuses include: big data and resilience
This is the original education program that was the genesis of Florida Earth, originally an initiative of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida. In conjunction with IFAS, Florida Earth continues the same five two-day modules that bring experts together to teach to the public science and policy in the natural resources arena. Over 100 instructors who come from universities, agencies, industries and NGO’s contribute to curriculum and participate in teaching. Each module is done once a year in various location throughout Florida and are done about six to eight weeks apart:
Florida Earth periodically hosts various forums and conferences focused on our furthering our education goal.