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Mar 26

Anthony Abbate & Colin Polsky: Making a Wetter Florida a Better Florida

Florida Atlantic University/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

March 26, 2019


Event Details

  • Venue Abdo New River Room at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Price $20.00
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Spring 2019 Lecture Series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
FAU's Osher Lifelong learning program expands to Broward County, join us for any one or all three!

Making a Wetter Florida a Better Florida

Anthony J. Abbate, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Provost for the FAU Broward Campuses, Director and Professor, School of Architecture, FAU
Colin Polsky, Ph.D., Director, Florida Center for Environmental Studies and Professor of Geosciences, FAU
South Florida has been identified by the world's leading scientists as highly vulnerable to rising sea level as the result of the changing climate. What
can we do about it? The simple answer is either adapt or get out of Dodge. Architects and engineers can devise solutions for our buildings and
infrastructure, however the problem is much more comprehensive and requires heavy lifting by policy makers and decision makers before the
financial markets and insurance industry force our hand.

Anthony Abbate’s research examines historical and contemporary design and construction practices in the hot-humid climate zones of the tropics and subtropics. His writings include “Subtropical Sustainable: A Context Sensitive Design Approach to Redevelopment in Broward County.” Abbate
has presented at conferences in Australia, Colombia, Germany, Mexico and the across the United States and currently serves on the board of
directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and is a member of Leadership Florida.

Colin Polsky is an environmental social scientist whose research and teaching examine how people create, perceive and respond to environmental challenges. The vision of CES is to improve Florida's sustainability through research, education and outreach on wetlands ecology and coastal resilience. Polsky has delivered close to 100 public presentations in eight countries and served as co-convening lead author for a chapter in the 2013 National Climate Assessment.

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