Educating and advocating for the protection of Collier County’s natural resources and promoting smart growth is the mission of the Environmental Affairs committee. Whether addressing sea-level rise, toxic algae, alternative energy or the development of eastern lands, the committee seeks to inform the public, engage public officials and collaborate with other allies to promote sustainable growth and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Our educational activities include facility tours and outside speakers. Pictured are members touring the North County Water Reclamation Facility.
Solar Cooperative Program
Sea Level Rise
In May of 2017 the University of Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University were awarded a three-year nearly $1million grant from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to develop tools and strategies to help Collier County’s business and government leaders plan for the impact of sea level rise.
To fulfill the grant’s community engagement commitment, the League of Women Voters of Collier County (LWVCC) conducted confidential and private interviews with business and community leaders. League Members Judy Hushon and Sally Woliver led a team of 10 volunteers who conducted the interview and focus sessions in 2019. NOAA SLR Grant Final Report Business & Community Interviews FINAL
LWVCC was recognized by the State League, LWVFL, for this work. Pictured at left are Sally Woliver, Charlotte Nyckelmoe and Diana Walsh.
Rural Lands Stewardship Area
Another interest is the ongoing review of Collier county’s rural growth management plan. Members regularly attend Collier County meetings focused on the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA).