Focusing on social, environmental, and economic issues affecting urban Florida landscapes.
Annual Report 2015-16
I'm happy to present our 2015–2016 annual report. This was a productive year with a number of firsts for us. In March 2016,, we held our inaugural Urban Landscape Summit. The summit brought together state specialists, county faculty, IFAS administration, and local government. We plan to repeat in 2017 with a revised format to include more networking time and more of the very popular lightning talks.
Another first for us was the creation of the Environmentally Resilient, Resource-Efficient Land Use faculty cohort. The cohort was a collaboration between the Program for Resource Efficient Communities and CLCE, and was approved by IFAS administration in late 2015. These positions in Geospatial Analytics, Utility Analytics, Urban Water Resource Engineering, and Urban Soil and Water Quality will bring new talent to IFAS to focus on critical issues in land development and will help us develop and implement landscapes in the future that will further our mission "to protect and conserve Florida's natural resources through research-based sustainable urban landscape practices."
We've also continued our internal grants programs, both of which provide financial support to faculty research, extension programs and graduate students. This past year funding was awarded to nine projects and four graduate student programs with some of the results presented in this report.
—Michael Dukes, CLCE Director