Sunday, January 21, 2018

Trends in Sustainable Transportation

Jan. 25th -- 7 pm

Doug Kettles will discuss the Clean Cities program, Drive Electric Florida, the Volkswagen Settlement, and electric and autonomous transportation. He will then open the program for questions.   

Doors open at 6:30-free and open to the public.
Unitarian Universalist of the Space Coast - Friendship Fellowship at Pineda
3115 Friendship Pl, Rockledge, Florida 32955

Doug is Co-Coordinator for the U.S. DOE’s Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, and a Sr. Research Analyst at the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center (EVTC) at the University of Central Florida. He is a board member of Drive Electric Florida, and the Program Manager for EVTC’s EV Transportation and Technology Summit. He presents frequently in Florida, most recently at the Florida Autonomous Vehicle Summit in Tampa and the Florida Energy Summit, in Ft. Lauderdale. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Assessing the health of the Indian River Lagoon - The IRL Report Card!

March 22nd-7 PM

Marine Resources Council (MRC) is publishing the first comprehensive evaluation of lagoon health, the State of the Indian River Lagoon Report (card). This enormous project required compiling millions of data from dozens of agencies, establishing health indicators and targets, designing easy to understand infographics, and producing print and web-based communications. 

Dr. Leesa Souto, MRC's Executive Director, will talk about the report card challenges and findings and the vision for how this tool will move our community forward to save our lagoon! 

(Doors open at 6:30 PM) 
Unitarian Universalist of the Space Coast - Friendship Fellowship at Pineda
3115 Friendship Pl, Rockledge, Florida 32955

Dr. Souto is the Executive Director of Marine Resources Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Indian River Lagoon through science, education, and habitat restoration. She is an urban ecology researcher investigating the complex linkages between land-based human actions and water quality. Her professional career spans over twenty years of working to improve Florida’s water quality at Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Brevard County Natural Resources Management Office, and UCF’s Stormwater Management Academy. She has lived in Melbourne since 1994, where she grew to know and love the Indian River Lagoon and she came to MRC in 2013 to help protect it!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Sierra Club Florida Legislative Priorities link

Restore Our Shores

Feb. 22nd - 7-8:30 pm

During this 30-minute presentation, you will get an ecological review of the Indian River Lagoon. As well as, learning what Brevard Zoo’s Restore Our Shores program is doing to help restore the Indian River Lagoon and why volunteer involvement is so important.

(Doors open at 6:30 pm. -- Free and open to the public.)
3115 Friendship Pl, Rockledge, Florida 32955

Gisele Nieman is a native Floridian who grew up right here in Brevard County. She spent her childhood in, on, and around the water constantly asking questions about the world around her. To continue exploring her passion for marine life, she studied at the University of West Florida earning a B.S. in Marine Biology with a minor in Psychology. She has had the pleasure of working at the Brevard Zoo since January 2017 as a Lagoon Restoration Specialist and couldn’t be happier! Working on the Restore Our Shores team allows her to restore her beloved Indian River Lagoon while educating others so they can be conservationists too!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Paddle and Clean Up of Turkey Creek Sanctuary

Feb 3rd  9am-12pm

Paddle along hoping to see dolphin, manatee, alligator and many varieties of birds. We'll be cleaning up along the way so bring gloves and a grabber if you have one. Water, sunscreen and a whistle is suggested. A wearable personal flotation device is required. Turkey Creek Sanctuary is a gem! Please call 321-432-4346 to reserve your spot!

If you don't have a canoe or kayak, you can rent from the Palm Bay Marina and paddle over to our start location (not far). Their number is 321-723-0851.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Stay Up to Date on The Indian River Lagoon Tax Money

Check the web site below to find out how and where the Lagoon tax money is being spent.  The Citizens Oversight Committee that monitors this money meets every 3rd Friday on the 3rd floor of the County Government Building in Viera.

Please share this information with your friends, neighbors and HOA's.  It took time for the Lagoon to get into the shape it's in now, and it will take time to reverse the damage.  The public needs to understand this.

The website is