Learning and educating about how to protect the environment broadly encapsulates the many efforts of the Environmental Affairs Committee. This groups examines a range of sustainability issues, including water resource protection, “smart” growth, and energy alternatives by bringing in outside speakers, meeting with local officials, and facility tours. Their efforts helped lead to a one million dollar federal grant from NOAA to conduct a 3 year sea level rise study in Collier County.
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).
For more, read Environmental Affairs Updates.
Upcoming Environmental Affairs Events
2018-2019 Environmental Affairs Program
To learn what League of Women Voters at various state/ local levels have included in their “study and action” of community sustainability and to continue to gather resources re: what constitutes the responsibilities of Florida cities/counties with offices of sustainability, including the actions/programs of these offices
To learn from knowledgeable speakers and/or films on issues of sustainability: water resource protection, growth management, energy use, and the impacts of climate change
To host field trips which enhance our understanding of the need for water resource protection, “smart” growth, alternative energy and related sustainability issues, including educating the public about Conservation Collier.
To meet with county staff and/or elected officials to gain a better understanding of their awareness and assessment of the environmental issues facing our county
Action / Advocacy
Continue to advocate for the appropriate use of Amendment 1 (Florida Water and Land Conservation) funds, especially the acquisition of lands in sensitive areas and important wildlife habitat. Advocate for Conservation Collier to be on the 2020 ballot.
Continue to support city and county efforts to address sea level rise; work to build community support for SLR adaptation and mitigation strategies.
Monitor the extent to which the Collier County Floodplain Management Plan and aspects of the Collier County Land Development Code address sustainability issues such as water resource protection and the impacts of sea level rise; advocate for appropriate changes to address these issues.
Work in coalition with other organizations, pending board approval, on shared environmental issues and related sustainability issues; continue our board-sanctioned collaborative efforts with Lee County to build a coalition among Southwest Florida counties to address the economic and social impacts of sea level rise on our region
Advocate for “smart growth” to protect environmentally sensitive lands (including wildlife habitat) as Collier County reviews its growth management plans for eastern Collier County. The Committee has been actively involved in determining how RLSA lands will be developed and how much will be available to develop. We will continue to review transportation plans for that part of the county, plus costs to the public associated with the development.