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"How Local Government is Shaping Climate Resiliency in SE Florida"

Join us on Jan. 25 at 6 pm at the UM Law School Alma Jennings Student Lounge (map). Finger food and refreshments - Free Admission  - All are welcome - RSVP NOW

Our panel will feature municipality officials and legal professionals discussing the power of local governments in the face of climate change threats. Topics range from municipal sustainability regulations to the struggle for agency between regional, state, and federal bodies. Attorney and UM Visiting Lecturer Thomas Ruppert, South Miami Mayor Philipp Stoddard, Dr. Brian Soden from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmoshperic Science, and ... will share their knowledge and their experience at this unique environmental policy forum. 

Mayor Philip K. Stoddard has lived in South Miami for 11 years. He has been a Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida International University for 21 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Psychology, and did postdoctoral research at Cornell University in Neurobiology and Behavior. He has been Mayor of South Miami, CRA Chair, has served on the Green Corridor PACE Board, is a co-founder of Citizens Allied for Safe Energy, a member of the Sierra Club Florida State Lobbying Committee, and a CLEO Institute instructor.
Thomas Ruppert P.A. Florida Sea Grant
Thomas Ruppert is a coastal planning specialist at the Florida Sea Grant College Program, and a licensed attorney developing legal and policy analysis for local governments on aspects of adaptive planning for sea-level rise, community resilience, and associated long-term challenges and opportunities for Florida’s coastal communities. 
Dr. Brian J. Soden is a Professor at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science.
Dr. Soden specializes in the use of satellite observations to test and improve computer simulations of Earth’s climate. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Miami, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. Before returning to the University of Miami, Dr. Soden was a Visiting Scientist and Lecturer at Princeton University, and a Physical Scientist with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Soden has authored over 100 peer reviewed papers on weather and climate change. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore. Other honors include the American Meteorological Society’s Henry G. Houghton Award, the National Space Club’s David S. Johnson Award, and the National Aeronautics and Space Agency’s H.E. Reid Award.