Green Conference May 22-23 In WPB

Celebrating its fifth year, the annual Florida Green, Energy & Climate Conference/100 Cities Summit is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

The conference is coordinated by the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Palm Beach County and the United States Green Building Council. Attended by municipal, county and school district sustainability leaders from throughout the state, attendees enjoy two days of intensive general sessions and panel discussions by experts in the field of sustainability.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Patrick J. Sheehan, director of Florida’s Office of Energy, discussing ways Florida is moving forward in its collective efforts to develop a meaningful energy policy for the state. He will be accompanied by a legislative panel, including State Sen. Joseph Abruzzo, State Sen. Jeff Clemens and State Rep. Lori Berman, who will provide an update on the 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee.

Among the many subjects featured this year at the conference is Balanced Energy Florida. This presentation will highlight a portfolio of fuels that collectively promote fuel diversity and provide price stability for Florida families and business in an environmentally sensible manner. The challenges of Florida’s regulatory environment will be discussed and alternatives to conventional practices explored by a panel of industry experts.

Florida cities, including Wellington, Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, Fellsmere and Brooksville, will discuss their successful public/private partnerships. The importance of promoting Florida’s assets and attracting investors to the state is also be on the agenda.

Robin Safley, director of the Florida Department of Agriculture’s Division of Food, Nutrition & Wellness, will lead a panel of experts from the health industry, farming, schools and government on raising a healthy generation of students. The economic impact of climate change will also be discussed.

A complete lineup of the 2013 program and speakers can be seen at All-access passes can be purchased online. Exhibitor spaces are still available. The conference expo is free to the public.