The TCC Wakulla Environmental Institute: An emerging leader in environmental education and economic development in North Florida

APA Florida, Capital Area Section


Friday, May 17, 2013
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

Crawfordville, FL, United States

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Tallahassee Community College has opened a new environmental institute. The goal of the institute is to focus on 'green' and 'low impact' development in an environmentally sensitive area of Florida. The building in which it is housed has received recognition from LEED. One of its educational objectives is to enhance the knowledge of the local planning community. The seminar's lecturers have a large body of experience in environmental planning.


Luis Serna

Confirmed Speaker

Luis Serna has over 20 years of experience in urban planning. He graduated from Florida State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in urban and regional planning. He later studied urban and regional planning in graduate school at the University of Miami. His ... Read More

Elva Peppers

Confirmed Speaker

Ms. Peppers’ founded Florida Environmental & Land Services, Inc in 2001 and has 21 years of experience in the environmental field. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida State University. In addition to previously working with two private consulting firms, she has held two positions with the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Program within the FDEP. Her experience includes overall project management; conducting wetland delineations, threatened and endangered species surveys, natural features inventories, and land use studies; interpreting aerial photography; preparing environmental permits; resolving enforcement actions; and coordinating with Florida and other southeastern state agencies. Other responsibilities have included siting studies for a multi-million dollar natural ... Read More

Robert "Bob" Ballard, III

Confirmed Speaker

Mr. Ballard has worked in numerous executive and management positions over the past thirty (30) years. His most recent position was as Deputy Secretary of Land and Recreation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), where he worked for the last twelve years. He developed legislative concepts and budgets ... Read More