Press Release for Monday, October 8, 2007

UNF Ethics Center Hosts One-Day Climate Change Symposium

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The Ethics Center at the University of North Florida will host a symposium titled “How Should Jacksonville Adapt to Climate Change?” on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Coggin College of Business Stein Auditorium (Building 42), Room 1020. This event is free and open to the public.

Northeast Florida is likely to be preoccupied in the foreseeable future with the results of global warming. The effects could include sea level rise, changes in rainfall patterns, more and bigger storms and rises in average temperatures. The one-day symposium will try to open a conversation about how we should adapt to climate change in our community.

Dr. Stephen Mulkey, former director of Research and Outreach Extension in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida, will be the keynote speaker, describing the effects of climate change on this region. A group of panelists and symposium participants will then engage in a discussion on this topic.

Panelists include Warren Anderson, attorney, president of Public Trust Environmental Law Institute of Florida; David Kline, director of UNF’s Ethics Center; Tom Larson, chair, Sierra Club, Jacksonville chapter; Jennifer McCharen, president, Jacksonville Carbon Neutral Initiative; Aileen Miller, UNF biology instructor; Todd Sack, M.D., chair, Climate Change Advisory Group, Florida Energy Commission; Dr. Henry Thomas, UNF political science professor; Allen Tilley, UNF English professor and symposium moderator.

A light vegetarian lunch will be provided. Persons needing special accommodations should contact the UNF Ethics Center at (904) 620-1330. For more information, contact Allen Tilley at (904) 620-1283 or by e-mail at