MOUNT DORA — Lake County’s “Professionals Turning Green Symposium” on June 11-12 at Lakeside Inn, located at 100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora, will feature a special presentation on Friday at 12 p.m. from author and journalist, Cynthia Barnett, who penned Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.
During the $15 author luncheon, Barnett will give a speech titled "Blue is the New Green: Water Sustainability and the Future of Florida."
“I will discuss what I see as a key false assumption in our water-supply planning: the assumption that we need more and more water to grow and prosper,” she said. “I argue that with a new conservation ethic — by paying as much attention to blue as we do to green — we could grow and prosper while using a lot less.”
Barnett has been a reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines for 20 years. Since 1998, she’s written for Florida Trend magazine, where she covers investigative, environmental, public policy and business stories.
The purpose of the “Professionals Turning Green Symposium” is for professionals in varying fields to share ideas about conserving and maximizing natural resources. An agenda of presentations at the symposium will cover a variety of topics including green energy, green enterprise, green government, green design & construction, green lodging and green municipal solid waste. The intended audience for the symposium is entrepreneurs, land-use planners, engineers, architects, hoteliers, civil engineers, solid-waste staff, and public health & government officials.
The cost of attending the symposium is $100, which includes a continental breakfast each morning; lunch on Thursday with Daniel Parker, Assistant Division Director of Environmental Health, Florida Department of Health; and a banquet Thursday night with keynote speaker Linda Chapin, Director of the Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies at the University of Central Florida.
To register for the symposium, fill out the Web form at www.lakecountyfl.gov/green_symposium/ and mail a check ($100 for symposium, $15 for author luncheon, or $115 for both) to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, attn: Brenda DeMartino, P.O. Box 7800, 315 W. Main St., Tavares, FL 32778-7800. For more information about the “Professionals Turning Green Symposium,” call the Lake County Department of Growth Management at (352) 343-9647.
The “Professionals Turning Green Symposium” is sponsored by Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Lake County Green Team, Lakeside Inn, Covanta Energy, Lake County Health Department, Shaw Industries, Waste Management and General Works Roofing.