The Florida Council of 100, the governor’s business advisory organization, asked Florida Earth to put together a process by which they could have meaningful discussions with the environmental community and find commonalities on which they could work together for the future of Florida.
That process was begun on August 24th and 25th, with the first Blue-Green convening focusing on Focal Point One, Growth Stewardship. The Blue Team (Council of 100) included John Zumwalt of PBS&J, Jeff Lyash of Progress Energy, Peter Rummel of the St. Joe Company and others. The Green Team was headed by Andy McLeod of the Trust for Public Lands, and included Jeff Danter of the Nature Conservancy, Manly Fuller of the Florida Wildlife Federation, Clay Henderson of Florida Audubon, Charles Pattison of 1000 Friends of Florida and others. The report from this first session in the project will be delivered directly to Governor Crist and DCA Secretary Pelham.
As a result of this first session Florida Earth has been asked to continue and expand participation in the discussion of land preservation, especially with respect to private lands, as an assistance to the Senate Committee for Environmental Preservation and Conservation in their writing of the Florida Forever Extension Act.