Environmentally Resilient, Resource-Efficient Land Use Cohort
Land development decisions and their impacts on water and energy resources are critical to the resiliency and sustainability of Florida's urban, agricultural and natural systems, and directly/ indirectly impact almost every UF/IFAS program. The goal of this cohort is to support research, extension, and teaching efforts to develop/adopt a systems approach to land-use decision-making and management practices with the purpose of preserving Florida's water, energy, environmental, and financial resources.
Simply stated, the focus of this cohort is on the systemic inter-connections between Florida's resources and land use decisions. The goal for this interdisciplinary cohort is to develop quantitatively-based analytical tools for practical application in land use decision-making in new developments as well as in the redevelopment of existing communities. The objective for the cohort is to measurably reduce the impacts of developments on Florida's resources. This cohort will draw upon the strengths of several different departments and address resource conservation in planning new developments and retrofitting existing communities, redeveloping existing communities as well as understanding and maximizing efficiency in existing communities.