Project Examples

Project Examples:

Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council. August 2010 – June 2011. Served as facilitator and process consultant for the Trustee Council responsible for conducting and implementing natural resource damage restoration (NRDA) in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident. The Trustee Council is comprised of representatives from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and the DOI, NOAA, and DOD. The Council is charged under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) with identifying injuries to natural resources and services resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident, providing for the return of injured natural resources and services to baseline conditions and securing compensation for interim lost services, and encouraging and facilitating public involvement in the restoration process. The NRDA procedure is a cooperative science based legal process, and will conclude with implementation of a Final Restoration Plan. The FCRC assisted the Trustee Council to achieve a One Billion Dollar early restoration settlement, the largest settlement in NRDA history.

International Public Health Pesticides Workshop. May 2009. Facilitated the International Public Health Pesticides Workshop in London, UK at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). The purpose of the workshop was to identify new approaches, processes, and implementation strategies for the development and approval of new public health pest control tools. The outputs of the workshop complement on-going international public health efforts and include a framework for conducting global joint reviews of new public health pesticide products. This work is designed to improve the availability of safe, efficient, and cost-effective insecticides to control insects that transmit disease and that are used in public health programs around the world. There were over 100 participants from 22 countries representing regulatory and other government agencies, public health authorities, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, USEPA, pest control industry, and other technical experts.

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USEPA National Bed Bug Summit. April 2009. Worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) staff to design and facilitate a successful National Bed Bug Summit. Responsibilities included process design, agenda consultation, facilitation, and assisting Summit participants to deliver a package of recommendations to the United States Environmental Protection Agency regarding enhancing the control of bed bugs.

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Florida Building Commission. December 1998 – Present. Consultant to the Commission, a Governor Appointed 25 member Commission—convened to develop, implement, and revise a new statewide building code (Florida Building Code)—that to date has delivered consensus agreements for a Statewide Florida Building Code, four triennial code updates, and related programs including education and product approval systems. Ongoing responsibilities include planning and process design, public and stakeholder participation, agendas, reports, situation assessment, facilitation, and consultation and recommendations to Commission Chair and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (previously to the Department of Community Affairs). In addition to facilitating Commission meetings (over 110 meetings), responsibilities include facilitating the Commission’s technical advisory and program oversight committees (over 600 meetings), and since 1999 the facilitation of 58 special issue stakeholder workgroup projects involving over 175 meetings. Stakeholders include homebuilders, general contractors, building trades, architects, engineers, educators, building officials, multiple state agencies, multiple local governments, various affected industry groups and manufactures, and interested public.

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FBC Green Building Workgroup. October 2007 – January 2008. In response to legislative and gubernatorial direction, the FCRC worked with the Florida Building Commission and the Florida Solar Energy Center. The FCRC facilitated a stakeholder workgroup process that developed consensus recommendations regarding a model efficiency ordinance for residential development and the implementation a public awareness campaign promoting energy efficiency and the benefits of building green. The Building Commission delivered its recommendations to the 2008 Florida Legislature, where many energy efficiency enhancements were codified into Florida law.

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Project FishSmart. April – November 2008. Project FishSmart was a partnership of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), researchers at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL), and facilitators at Florida State University (FSU). The goal of the FishSmart Workgroup was to develop a package of recommendations informed by a model collaboratively developed by the Workgroup and the FishSmart project staff for evaluating Atlantic king mackerel fishery practice and management options and alternatives. The Workgroup recommendations were directed to the Fish Smart project staff and were shared with fishery managers. The project’s ultimate goal was to ensure that the regulation, management and angling practices of the fishery are informed by best available science and shared stakeholder stewardship values, resulting in an enhanced and sustainable Atlantic king mackerel fishery. The Project FishSmart approach to engaging stakeholders in management policy and decisions combined consensus building in facilitated workshops and decision analysis in which stakeholders could compare the consequences of alternative management options on trends in the king mackerel population and the fisheries it supports. The process resulted in a workgroup of stakeholders that developed a clear vision for the futures of king mackerel fisheries and several alternative management options. They used a decision analysis to select the best options that were recommended to the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (SAFMC). These options were more conservative than the council’s own recommendations. Additional benefits of the process included stakeholder education, both in stock assessment methodology and in an understanding other stakeholder positions, and the development of closer cooperation among stakeholders and managers. Responsibilities included serving as a process consultant to the research team and facilitator for the Workgroup. The Workgroup achieved consensus on recommendations for the Atlantic King Mackerel fishery that were utilized by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council regarding management of the fishery.

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NOAA Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit. January 2010 – May 2010. Worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries to design, facilitate and report on a national Saltwater Recreational Fishing Summit, with participants from all six NOAA regions and the full spectrum of recreational saltwater fisheries representatives.

The Summit was designed to achieve the following objectives:
·To hear from anglers and the industry and develop a shared understanding of saltwater recreational fishing’s value and the challenges faced;
·To identify and create a shared vision for an effective and desired NOAA and Saltwater Fishing Community relationship and for successful saltwater recreational fisheries over the next decade;
·To identify potential actions in the context of the vision of success that address the key challenges faced and provide a path forward;
·To jointly evaluate, identify and test critical proposed recommendations to address key challenges; and,
·To identify, discuss and seek commitment on next steps for implementing the Summit recommendations and ensuring follow-up.
The Summit was conducted on April 16 – 17, 2010, and featured participation from Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator. The FCRC assisted participants to identify a vision for a successful recreational saltwater fishery, to identify and prioritize key challenges to achieving the successful vision of the fishery, and to identify and rank a range of recommendations/options to address the key challenges.

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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Negotiated Rulemaking. May – November 2002. Rulemaking to establish efficacy and performance standards for registering termiticides for use as a preventative treatment on new construction. The Project featured a viability assessment and eight meeting negotiation on rule language. Conducted assessment on viability of proceeding with negotiated rulemaking for establishing efficacy and performance standards for termiticides used in new construction, leading to convening a nine member negotiation committee. Facilitated committee representing international chemical companies, state and national pest control operators, state and national pest management companies, home builders, building officials, state agency (DACS), university scientist, and the insurance industry. Assisted committee to develop a unanimous recommendation on rule language culminating in the unchallenged adoption of a new state rule. In addition to session facilitation, negotiation, and conflict resolution, designed negotiation process, procedural guidelines and decision-making procedures, agenda packets, summary reports, and drafting of final rule language.

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