Climate change Summit 2008
During 25-26 June, I represented FDVA at this 2nd annual Summit in Miami. I was not sure why the Governor's Office wanted me there, but it became apparent during the first hour when we were welcomed by Governor Crist, i.e. he recognized FDVA (and me personally) for our plans to build the State's first LEED-certified nursing home.... in St. John's County with the groundbreaking set for 28 June (....which we did just a few days later).
Since I was there for the duration, I got actively involved in the proceedings which included an array of panelists and keynote speakers from industry, the clergy, academia, government, foreign sources from UK, Spain, France, Germany, Japan, Israel, .....even Prince Charles and Governor Arnold Swartzennegger! We had some FDVA materials touting SJC SVNH for handouts at the Enterprise Florida booth. I attended all the events and came away with the following highlights:
It was an enlightening experience, and I was honored to be a part of it. During a break, I approached the Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation; I suggested FLDOT install Ethanol (E-85) pumps at Service Plazas along the Florida Turnpike,..... and widely advertize that fact. She replied she already has three such pumps on order, and the first will be installed in the Turkey Lakes Service PLaza. That should cause some excitement, especially with the anticipated retail price of E-85 being approx $2/gallon! That is what we mean by government leadership by the State without the need for Federal intervention.
/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr., ExDir