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FAU Conference to Explore New Approaches to Achieving Long-term Sustainability in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (November 4, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Urban & Regional Planning within the College for Design and Social Inquiry will host “The Truth About Florida: What We Really Should Know About Planning, Land Use and the Environment,” a one-day education conference geared toward journalists and planners, on Monday, November 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FAU Higher Education Complex, 111 East Las Olas Blvd., 11 th floor, Fort Lauderdale campus. 

Representatives from the private sector,, higher education and the press will meet to discuss the aftermath of the recent vote on Amendment 4, as well as new and better ways to plan future development in Florida in a sustainable manner and cope effectively with climate change.

With Florida municipalities planning land use with outdated growth management policies and political conflict between developers, environmentalists and government agencies, the conference’s purpose is to create a more cooperative and cohesive vision that allows those involved to think more critically about land-use proposals and their effect on the state’s fragile and unique urban and natural environments. 

Jaap Vos, Ph.D., director of the School of Urban & Regional Planning at FAU; Jeff Burnside, investigative and environmental reporter for WTVJ NBC 6; and Robert Lang, professor and director of Brookings Mountain West at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, are among the various university professors, planning professionals and journalists that will be featured during this event.

The conference also is sponsored by the Scripps Howard Institute on the Environment, a continuing education program for professional journalists who report on environmental topics.  

The conference is free and open to the public, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.     

To register, visit .  For more information, contact Neil Santaniello at 561-799-8047 or .


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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit

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