St. Thomas University’s First International Conference on Climate, Nature and Society, gathered business leaders,  high school students, innovators, academicians, and the public to hear leading experts tackle the science and social impact of global climate change. During this 2nd Conference, we seek to engage this community in a reflective,  inter-religious dialogue of how we can improve our common effort to care for creation.

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LAW SCHOOL
ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY

Event Schedule

Thursday, April 4, 2019

9:00 AM

Welcome

Dr. Luis Fernandez-Torres, Undergraduate Dean, St. Thomas University and Temperince Morgan, Executive Director, Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

9:15-10:00 AM

The Challenge of Climate Change for Faith Communities

The Reverend Jim Antal, Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

10:00-10:45 AM

Bracing for the Flood: Climate Change in South Florida 

Dr. Ben Kirtman, Professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

10:45-11:15 AM 

Local Government Leadership and Climate Action

Honorable Oliver G. Gilbert III, Mayor of Miami Gardens

11:15 – 11:45 AM

Addressing the Root Causes of Vulnerability: Applying our Christian Values 

Sarita Turner, Institute for Sustainable Communities 

Lunch—11:45-1:15 

1:15– 2:00 PM

Applying “Integral Ecology” of Laudato Si’ to the Stewardship of Water & Climate

Tebaldo Vinciguerra, Official of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Vatican. 

2:00-3:15 PM

Servanthood Leadership: Faith-Based Climate Initiatives

Jan Booher, Board Member, The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton 

Janet Bowman, Elder of First Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, FL

Rev. Tania Maxwell-Carroll, Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, West Palm Beach

Ryan Gladwin, Associate Professor of Ministry & Theology, Palm Beach Atlantic University Panel Moderator: Janet Bowman, The Nature Conservancy

 3:15-4:45 PM

 I Can Do All Things: Solutions for Climate Stewardship

 Jody Finver, South Florida Coordinator, Solar United Neighbors of Florida

 Susanne Torriente, Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant City Manager, Miami Beach

 Yoca Arditi-Rocah, Executive Director, The CLEO Institute 

Panel Moderator: Rod Braun, The Nature Conservancy

5:00 PM

RECEPTION 


Friday, April 5, 2019

9:00 – 9:15 AM

Welcome

Father Alfred Cioffi, St. Thomas University, Rod Braun, The Nature Conservancy

9:15 – 9:50 AM

Climate Stewardship for the Faithful

Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami

9:50 – 10:20 AM

Florida Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez

Strong advocate of environmental issues

10:20-10:55 AM

Leading Congregations to Climate Stewardship

Rabbi Jeffery K. Salkin, Senior Rabbi, Temple Solel, Hollywood, Florida 

Nadia Ahmad, Associate Professor of Law, Barry University School of Law

10:55-11:55 AM

Recruiting Disciples: Messages of Hope

Dr. Tiffany Troxler, Director of Science, Sea Level Solutions Center, Florida International University

Hardeep Anand, P.E., Deptuty Director, Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department

Panel Moderator, Irela Bagué, President, Bagué Group 

10:55 AM-12 Noon

Benediction: We Can, We Must 

Father Alfred Cioffi Blue Cross-Blue Shield Endowed Chair in Bioethics and an Associate Professor of Biology and Bioethics, St. Thomas University


Meet our Speakers

 

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Most Reverend Thomas Wenski
Expert on immigration and
Human population and environmental issues

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Ms. Sarita Turner
Director, Institute for Sustainable Communities
Partnership for Resilient Communities
Equity and inclusion in clean energy in economic development

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Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Internationally know environmentalist
Author of: Climate Church, Climate World

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Jan Booher
Board Member of The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton
Chair of the Climate Change Working Group

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Mr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra
Member of the Pontifical Council for Integral Development, Vatican
interdisciplinary approaches to water both as a resource and a surface (oceans)
Expert on ecology and natural resources regarding the Social teaching of the Catholic Church

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Pam McVety
Biologist
First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee
Chief advocate for action and stewardship of the earth and climate change mitigation

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Hardeep Anand, P.E
Deputy Director for Miami Dade Water & Sewer Department. Environmental Specialist. Oversees implementation of a multi-billion-dollar Capital Improvement Program for the utility to deliver innovative projects and position MDWASD as a world-class utility

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Susy Torriente
Chief Resilience Officer
Assistant City Manager of Miami Beach

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Dr. Benjamin Kirtman
Director: Cooperative Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Studies
Director: Center for Computational Science Climate and Environmental Hazards Program University of Miami, Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science

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Yoca Arditi-Rocah
The CLEO Institute
Executive Director

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Dr. Jeffrey K. Salkin
Senior Rabbi
Temple Solel

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Dr. Jayantha Obeysekera
Director and Research Professor in the Sea Level Solutions Center
College of Arts, Sciences and Education
Florida International University

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Dr. Ryan Gladwin
Associate Professor of Ministry and Theology
Palm Beach Atlantic University

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Irela Bagué
President and CEO
Bagué Group
Public Affairs & Strategic Communications

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Jody Finver
Solar United Neighbors of Florida
South Florida Proram Coordinator

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Tiffany Troxler
Director of Science, Sea Level Solutions Center
Florida International University

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Ms. Janet Bowman, JD
Senior Policy Advisor, Florida Chapter
The Nature Conservancy
Legal Director of 1000 Friends of Florida
Senior Attorney, Department of Environmental Protection

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Mr. Rod Braun
Manager, Climate & Coastal Resilience Program
Florida Chapter
The Nature Conservancy

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Honorable Oliver G. Gilbert III
Mayor, Miami Gardens, Florida

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Florida Senator José Javier Rodríguez, District 37
Strong advocate of environmental issues
Vice Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Member of Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture,
Environment, and General Government

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Rev. Alfred Cioffi, SThD, PhD

Co-Convener
Associate Professor of Biology and Bioethics
St. Thomas University

speaker

Keith W. Rizzardi, JD
Co-Convener
Associate Professor of Law
St. Thomas University

speaker

Nadia B. Ahmad, JD
Associate Professor Of Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law

speaker

Rev. Tania Maxwell-Carroll
Co-Convener
Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
West Palm Beach



FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE, NATURE AND SOCIETY AT STU.