Earth Ethics Institute
Miami Dade College
Home Students Faculty & Staff Greening the College Resources



Water, Ethics, Aesthetics, and Urban Resiliency


6 hours of Professional Development (In application process)
1 hours pre-workshop,3 hours Face to Face, 2 hours post-workshop assignment

This workshop focuses on the South Florida ecosystem and watershed as well as the integration of freshwater sustainability and water ethics into curriculum. Review U.S. and Florida water history, and connections among Lake Kissimmee, Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades wetlands, estuaries and coral reefs. Ecosystem size, water supply, nutrient load, diverse flora and fauna, and interrelationships with urban communities including current water use and key freshwater challenges will be reviewed as will a synopsis of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, with a goal of compatibility of the built and natural systems.  

Tour a portion of Biscayne Bay by boat while learning about efforts to preserve and enhance its natural condition. Discuss progressive communitywide solutions underway from flood-prone Netherlands to drought-addled Australia as well as climate change links to key topics of water and weather/rainfall, drought, and storms. Explore the new water ethic building in communities and industries, with a focus on the role of colleges in becoming a model for new ways of living with and valuing water. Reflect on water’s biological and aesthetic value and brainstorm ways of integrating it into coursework.


-Describe the South Florida watershed

-Explain the relationship between South Florida water ecosystems and urban resiliency

-Compare the past South Florida hydrological and ecological systems with that of the present.

-List the importance of ecosystem restoration to urban resiliency

-Describe progressive community wide water solutions in the world today

-Design a course module or lesson exploring the complexity of water sustainability


Evaluation will include completion of workshop and participant must develop a discipline specific lesson plan or course module that incorporates key concepts of sustainability and/or the interrelationship between  the water ecosystem and urban resiliency. Lesson plan is due to the director of Earth Ethics Institute within three weeks of the workshop, and will be posted on the Earth Ethics webpage.


Laura Eldredge, Environmental Programs Coordinator, Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve, Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, earned a dual Masters in  Marine Biology & Marine Environmental Sciences from Nova Southeastern University.


Cynthia Barnett is an environmental journalist and author of Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S,  Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, and  Rain: A Natural and Cultural History. Barnett is currently the Hearst Visiting Professional, University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications.



 Chandra links pulsar to historic supernova 


Earth Ethics Institute • An Earth Literacy Resource Center Serving MDC Administrators, Faculty, Staff,  and Students, as well as the South Florida Community
Miami Dade College • 300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Room 1201, Miami, FL 33132-2204 • t: 305-237-3796 • f: 305-237-7724