Former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham will make two presentations at the University of Florida next week, both detailing efforts to conserve the state’s natural resources.
According to the University of Florida website, the first presentation will focus on the mission and responsibilities of land grant institutions. The second program will detail Graham’s efforts with the newly formed Florida Conservation Coalition.
Graham has been an outspoken proponent of water and land conservation efforts. During a November rally at the Old Capitol, he blasted the 2011 Legislature for reversing “40 years of Florida’s progress in water and land conservation” and announced that he and the state’s top environmental advocacy groups had formed the Florida Conservation Coalition.
At 2 p.m. in the Presidents Room of Emerson Alumni Hall, Graham will be the keynote speaker for the 27th installment of the York Distinguished Lecturer Series.
Titled “What Would E.T. York Do?: How Will Land-Grant Institutions Navigate the Next 150 Years?” the talk will focus on the importance of keeping public higher education accessible as well as UF’s responsibilities as one of the state’s two land-grant universities.
At 6 p.m. at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh Hall, Graham will discuss a new initiative aimed at preserving the state’s natural resources. The newly formed, bipartisan Florida Conservation Coalition is devoted to protecting and conserving land, fish and wildlife, and water resources essential to Floridians’ quality of life.
Graham, a two-term governor, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1987. During his three terms, he became well known for his grasp on environmental advocacy, specifically when it came to issues concerning the Florida Everglades.