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For Immediate Release:
March 25, 2014
Media Contact:
Cathy Guerra

Free ''Speaking Sustainably'' Lecture Series at the Deering Estate at Cutler

(MIAMI, March 25, 2014) - South Florida is host to some of the richest natural resources in the world. The balance of human and natural systems in our growing urban community is central to political, cultural, and academic dialogues regarding the environment.

Hosted by FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) and the Deering Estate at Cutler, “Speaking Sustainably” is a lecture series offered free to the public to engage the community with critical environmental issues of the twenty-first century and to inspire action. Lectures are held at the Visitor Center Theatre at the Deering Estate at Cutler and are free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
Topic: Restoring the River of Grass
Presenter: Tabitha Cale, Ph.D., Everglades Policy Associate, National Audubon Society Florida

The Everglades, the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the continental U.S., has been drastically altered by human activity. Restoring the Greater Everglades Ecosystem is vital to managing flood control, water supply, and ecosystem health in South Florida. Dr. Cale will discuss the impact of human-induced changes and the current projects to reverse those changes and improve the ecosystem. 

About the Deering Estate at Cutler

The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami-Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue in Miami. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:00 pm. Natural areas tours are offered daily at 12:30 pm (October – May). EcoAdventure Tours are also offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate's educational and cultural programs, please visit

About the FIU School of Environment, Arts and Society

As a part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) unites socially and environmentally-oriented faculty in an effort to better understand and address the challenges that arise from the interaction between human and environmental systems. Faculty in SEAS are invested in understanding how factors from both systems affect the environment, because long-term sustainability can only be achieved if human societies understand their impact in and responsibility toward these natural systems. The academic core of SEAS consists of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, and English. Through research, education, and an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, SEAS strives to bring about positive, tangible changes on local, national and international levels.