The Resilience and Water Module

Nov 7 to 8, 2017 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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The Resilience and Water Module

November 7 & 8, 2017

University of Florida Hilton 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.


Tuesday, November 7

8:30 AM    Coffee and registration

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

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: Dale Sands, Chair, AR!SE USA and SVP for Ch2m.  Panel members: Honorable Nancy Shaver, Mayor of St. Augustine; Gary Cecchine, Executive Director, Rand Institute for the Gulf States

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

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: TBA and 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; Melissa Reynolds, Resilience Initiative, US Army Corps of Engineers

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 – Michael Antinelli, Brizaga, Inc.
  • 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 Case Studies -  Moderator:  Chimay Anumba, Dean, UF College of Design, Construction and Planning.  Beth Tracy, IBM and Stan Boc, CDM Smith

10:45 AM  Break

11:00 AM  Keys to Good Resilience Policy – Alec Bogdanoff, President, Brizaga, Inc.

11:30 AM Case Studies in Resilience and Water - Ernie Cox, President, Family Lands Remembered LLC

12:15 PM  Lunch and Keynote: Resiliency and Innovative Finance, David Prodger, Consul General, British Consulate, Miami

1:00 PM Review of the Gaps: Setting the Stage for Solutions – Simone Dominique, Florida Earth

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
Stanford University
Irela Bague
President & CEO
Bague Group
Michael Flood
National Resiliency Lead

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1938 W University Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32603
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Stan Boc
CDM Smith

Beth Tracy



Craig Fugate
Craig Fugate LLC and former FEMA Administrator

Chimay Anumba
Bill Whiteford
Team Plan, Inc.
Kirk Hatfield

Dale Sands

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

Ernie Cox
Family Lands Remembered LLC

Simone Dominique
Communication Director
Florida Earth
Ben Preston
Director, Infra. & Env.
Rand Corporation
Roselyn Smith
Fulbright Professional in Resilience
Alec Bogdanoff
Brizaga, Inc.
Jason Bird
Practice Leader

Dave Prodger
Consul General
Miami British Consulate

Melissa Reynolds
Lead Engineer
US Army Corps of Engineers


Event Information

UF Hilton Hotel and Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32607

The Resilience and Water Module Partners



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