Summit to Examine the Security of our Environment

Florida Coastal School of Law and J U to host 17th annual free summit, open to the public

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The 17th Annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit will take place, Thursday, February 25th from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. This year's topic, Securing the Future: Strategies for Sustainability will cover a wide scope of environmental issues.

"In a rapidly changing world containing finite resources subject to increasing competition, effective policy must consider the inextricable link between environmental sustainability and human security," says annual Chair, Florida Coastal School of Law, Professor Eric Hull.  At the Northeast Florida Environmental Summit, environmental law thought leaders will present a series of lectures, exploring the legal challenges in areas of energy, water, property, environmental, and food security.  

Environmental Security examines threats posed by environmental events and trends to individuals, communities, or nations. These threats could also include impacts from human conflict and international relations on the environment. 

Professor Patrick A. Parenteau, former director of Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center and of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic will deliver the day's keynote address.  Parenteau is recognized for his expertise regarding biological diversity, water quality and wetlands, environmental policy and litigation, and climate change. 

Regularly quoted in articles and in journals, Parenteau recently weighed in on the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Scalia's death and says his legacy reveals why his absence could prove pivotal on environmental issues.  "With few exceptions, such as his opinion in Whitman v. American Trucking upholding the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to set health-based air quality standards without regard to cost and his opinion in City of Chicago v. EDF rejecting industry arguments that coal ash isn't a hazardous waste, Justice Scalia's environmental legacy is decidedly negative," says Parenteau.In partnership with Jacksonville University, the purpose of the summit is to educate our students, the community, and share ideas regarding environmental security.  For more information, visit

ABOUT FLORIDA COASTAL SCHOOL OF LAW - Coastal Law students come from approximately 46 states and numerous countries, representing approximately 254 colleges and universities. Florida Coastal School of Law (Coastal Law) has a unique skills based program that is student-centered. Its programs are designed to advance student success in law school, on the bar exam, and in their careers. The school's curriculum focuses on experiential education: the hands-on learning needed to equip graduates with the leadership, management, and interpersonal skills that are necessary for career success.

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