GAINESVILLE, Fla * Fifty national and state experts will be featured as panelists and speakers next week at the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law Eighth Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference.
“Industry is From Mars, Environmentalists are From Venus: Reconciling Differences on Earth,” is theme of the event, scheduled for Feb. 14-16. The conference is sponsored by the law school’s Environmental and Land Use Society and its Center for Governmental Responsibility in cooperation with The Florida Bar.
Among featured speakers will be Dr. David Guggenheim, vice president of conservation policy at the Ocean Conservancy, Washington, D.C., and Gary S. Guzy, former general counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and now a partner with Foley Hoag & Eliot, LLP, concentrating on corporate social responsibility.
Conference topics will focus on Florida industries with sessions on agriculture, tourism, land development and infrastructure. Specific programs will address balancing competing interests for Florida’s water and energy supplies, agricultural conservation issues, regulating wildlife-based tourism, and conservation issues on military lands. There also will be a North Central Florida Environmental Summit to discuss area issues.
Event sponsors include Hopping Green & Sams, P.A., of Tallahassee, the Jelks Family Foundation and UF Student Government. For lawyers attending the conference, Continuing Legal Education credit is available.
The event will be at UF’s Reitz Union. For registration and additional information, or call the Center for Governmental Responsibility at (352) 392-2237.
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