Impact of the Oil Crisis in the Gulf on Tampa Bay forum at SPC, July 14

July 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

Two panels of experts will discuss the likelihood that oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident will reach Tampa Bay, response plans, and the economic and environmental impacts of the spill at a community forum at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 14.

The forum, Impact of the Gulf Oil Crisis on Tampa Bay, will be at the Digitoirum on SPC’s Seminole Campus, 9200 113th Street North, Seminole.

The first panel will cover Current Realities of the Oil Spill and Tampa Bay, moderated by Geophysical Engineer Dan Berard. Topics include the spill’s impact on tourism and the economy, featuring panelists D.T. Minich, executive director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Keith Overton, executive director of TradeWinds Island Resorts. Laurie Macdonald, Florida Program Director of Defenders of Wildlife, will discuss the issue of habitat.

The second panel will discuss How Tampa Bay Responds, Now and Worst Case Scenario, moderated by Susan Glickman, Director of the Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy. Dr. Robert Weisberg, of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, will discuss the latest information on the geographic, atmospheric, and weather conditions that could bring the spill into Tampa Bay. David Sorrick, vice president of Power Generation in Florida for Progress Energy, will discuss infrastructure. George Sheldon, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, will discuss the claims process.

State Sen. Dennis Jones and State Rep. Janet Long will give closing comments.

The event is sponsored by Bay News 9, Bright House Networks, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg Times, and TradeWinds Island Resorts.

The forum will be streamed live at mms://media.spcollege.edu/oil-crisis. The event also will be recorded for later showing in SPC classes or other forums and SPC-TV. Questions can be e-mailed to se_info@spcollege.edu.

To learn more about sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green at green.jason@spcollege.edu.  Then visit http://www.spcollege.edu/sustainability, join the facebook group and follow us at http://twitter.com/sustainableSPC.

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who we are:

Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

learn more:

To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at green.jason@spcollege.edu

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