Nov 02 2023


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Meeting ID: 841 7595 0107
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Youth Plaintiff, Reynolds v. State of Florida
Youth Petitioner, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Rulemaking Petition

Delaney is a 22-year old Floridian and fourth-generation Miami resident. Delaney is an accomplished environmental and climate change advocate and activist. She served as the lead plaintiff in a 2018 youth-led climate change lawsuit in Florida, Reynolds v. State, and was involved in a successful rulemaking petition with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services which in 2022 resulted in the first statewide renewable energy goals for the State of Florida.

Delaney is the founder and CEO of a Florida-based environmental non-profit, the Sink or Swim Project. Delaney holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Miami’s Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and is currently working on completing a dual-degree J.D. and Ph.D program from the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. She has spoken at numerous symposia, TEDx events, and UN meetings, and has received numerous awards for her environmental education and advocacy efforts.


Dr. Catherine Toms, MD., MPH

Public Health Physician and leader of the Green Cars for Kids program

 Catherine Toms is a public health physician with experience designing programs aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality. She leads a new South Florida-based program called Green Cars for Kids, which provides free transportation to non-emergency healthcare for low-income expectant mothers and kids using an all-electric fleet. Before leading Green Cars for Kids, Catherine was senior advisor for climate and health for the international nonprofit, Health Care Without Harm, where she helped Florida’s health systems become more sustainable and resilient. As a steering committee member with Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, Catherine educates other health professionals and the public about the health impacts of climate change and advocates for equitable solutions promoting clean energy and healthy communities. Catherine is especially concerned about the health impacts of extreme heat on vulnerable populations, including expectant mothers.


Dr. Robert Scheller, PH.D

Associate Dean for Research NCSU College of Natural Resources and author of  the book “Managing Landscapes for Change” 

 Dr. Scheller is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University (NCSU).  He is also Professor of Landscape Ecology at the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. He received his PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on how landscapes have changed, how they will change, and why it matters. His research examines past and future landscape change due to climate change, disturbances, and forest management. His research informs policy choices, regionally and globally. Robert has published more than 100 manuscripts and book chapters. His first book, ‘Managing Landscapes for Change’ was published in 2021.


Dr. Steven Lazarus, PH.D

Professor Florida Institute of Technology | Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences and Principal Investigator of the SECOORA Grant initiative

Dr. Lazarus presently serves as an academic member representative for the University Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a consortium that includes 120 North American universities with programs from meteorology to hydrology, oceanography, atmospheric chemistry and climate science. He also serves as PI on a SECOORA grant involving the installation and operation of a coastal (wind and wave) radar system in east central Florida. Over the past decade he served on both NASA and NSF panels. In addition to teaching, writing and successfully funding proposals, Lazarus currently sits on 3 national committees. His research interests include data assimilation, electrical phenomena such as gigantic jets, surface layer meteorology and wind/wave interactions.