Sea-Level Rise, Sustainability, and Resilience Seminar

Public Service Leaders, who are also students in the Executive Master of Public Administration Program, hosted a seminar on Sea-Level Rise, Sustainability, and Resilience on March 11th, 2017. As a part of their EMPA Capstone experience (last course in the MPA program), students met with scientists and local government leaders to discuss topics ranging from the science behind sea-level rise to the projected impact on South Florida. The speakers were Obeysekera, Jayantha (South Florida Water Management District), Maria Alberro Menendez ( ICMA-CM, Assistant Village Manager of Pinecrest), Betsy Wheaton (Director of Environment and Sustainability Department for the City of Miami Beach), René M. Price (Southeast Environmental Research Center at Florida International University), Daniel J. Alfonso (City Manager for City of Miami), and Macciano Lewis (Deputy Town Administrator for Davie).

Image Evelyn Roig, EMPA student and Town Clerk for Davie, had an enlightening experience during the seminar, “Having the best of the best experts in the field of sea rise level explain to us the issues that we have today and how we need to address them to prepare for the future, helped me put things into perspective. Educating future public sector leaders on today’s global issues is the conduit for change. Only through these types of forums can we raise awareness so that we can educate our elected bodies and push for change in our laws.” Students became informed of the proactive approaches that local governments are taking to tackle this issue.

EMPA students will continue with the same theme next week in Seattle, Washington where students will meet with local government officials and industry leaders to discuss issues of sustainability and resilience.

The MPA Program, home of the Executive MPA, has been preparing public service leaders since 1978. The program, ranked as #1 in the South Florida Region, has 289 graduate students in its main campus location, its Brickell location, its online track and its Miramar location. For more information about this news story or any other news story, please contact Jasmine Negron, janegron@fiu.edu.

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