Focusing on social, environmental, and economic issues affecting urban Florida landscapes.
Annual Report 2016-17
This past year was again a productive year. By the time you read this, we’ll have filled the final faculty position in the Environmentally Resilient, Resource-Efficient Land Use faculty cohort in partnership with the Program for Resource Efficient Communities. Drs. Basil Ianonne, Jorge Barrera, Eban Bean, and A.J. Reisinger have joined us as specialists in Geospatial Analytics, Utility Analytics, Urban Water Resource Engineering, and Urban Soil and Water Quality, respectively, and are getting acquainted with Florida issues.
As you may know, the CLCE budget was impacted this year by the Governor’s veto. The impact of the cut affected the legislative budget request (LBR) that funds the UF/IFAS Center for Public Issues Education as well as part of our budget used for faculty enhancement grant program and graduate student funding. Our human resources are our most important resource in IFAS and this budget cut impacts several faculty and staff positions, as well as the graduate students that we support in our competitive graduate student funding program.
In a comprehensive response plan, UF/IFAS spread the budget cuts across the entire organization, allowing the preservation of all human resources. Outside the budget cut, we’re seeking our own cost efficiencies, such as producing this report only electronically this year. We will continue to look for ways to conduct high quality research and deliver impactful Extension programs at a reduced cost.
Despite budget cuts, we were able to maintain all of our supported graduate students and award funding to a number of innovative new projects. We were also able to continue in our competitive faculty enhancement grant program, some of which are highlighted in this report. Our second annual Landscape Summit was jam packed again this year! Feedback from attendees was extremely positive. We are in the active planning stages for our 2018 summit with some new ideas, such as embedded Extension In-service training programs and interesting keynote speakers. As ever, we look forward to continuing our mission to provide research-based education on Florida’s urban landscape practices. Thank you for your support.
—Michael Dukes, CLCE Director