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Local Sustainability Efforts

This guide is dedicated to sustainability efforts across the Northwest Florida region. These efforts include sustainability across disciplines, including but not limited to, the environmental, business and economic realm.

Regional Case Studies

Many of these case studies can be found within the UWF Libraries' library databases available through our website:

Bloetscher, F., Polsky, C., Bolter, K., Mitsova, D., Garces, K., King, R., et al. (2016). Assessing Potential Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Public Health and Vulnerable Populations in Southeast Florida and Providing a Framework to Improve Outcomes. Sustainability, 8(4), 315.

Dwivedi, P., Khanna, M., Sharma, A., & Susaeta, A. (2016). Efficacy of carbon and bioenergy markets in mitigating carbon emissions on reforested lands: A case study from Southern United States. Forest Policy and Economics, 67, 1–9.

Hovenga, P. A., Wang, D., Medeiros, S. C., Hagen, S. C., & Alizad, K. (2016). The response of runoff and sediment loading in the Apalachicola River, Florida to climate and land use land cover change. Earth's Future, 4(5), 124–142.

Shen, S., Feng, X., & Peng, Z. R. (2016). A framework to analyze vulnerability of critical infrastructure to climate change: the case of a coastal community in Florida. Nat Hazards, 84(1), 589–609.

Taylor, N. W., Searcy, J. K., & Jones, P. H. (2016). Multifamily energy-efficiency retrofit programs: a Florida case study. Energy Efficiency, 9(2), 385–400.

Watson, K. (2017). Alternative Economies of the Forest: Honey Production and Public Land Management in Northwest Florida. Society & Natural Resources, (3), 331. doi:10.1080/08941920.2016.1209265

Wdowinski, S., Bray, R., Kirtman, B. P., & Wu, Z. (2016). Increasing flooding hazard in coastal communities due to rising sea level: Case study of Miami Beach, Florida. Ocean & Coastal Management, 126, 1–8.

Zeng, Z., Nasri, E., Chini, A., Ries, R., & Xu, J. (2015). A multiple objective decision making model for energy generation portfolio under fuzzy uncertainty: Case study of large scale investor-owned utilities in Florida. Renewable Energy: An International Journal, 75224-242. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2014.09.030

UWF Research

Much of this research is available through the University of West Florida Libraries' Institutional Repository.  This section of the guide incorporates the last three years' of research involving sustainability-related topics investigated by UWF Faculty. 

  • Tenam-Zemach, M., Kirchgessner, M., Pecore, J., Lai, L., & Hecht, S. (2014). Development of an Innovative Method for Analyzing the Presence of Environmental Sustainability Themes and an Ecological Paradigm in Science Content Standards. Studies In Educational Evaluation. Retrieved from
  • McMillan, M., Liebens, J., & Metcalf, C. (2016). Predicting Streambank Erosion Rates in the US Gulf Coastal Plain: BEHI and Beyond.
  • Liebens, J., Metcalf, C., & McMillan, M. (2016). Development of Regional Bank Erosion Relationships for the Coastal Plain Hydrophysiographic Region.
  • Liebens, J., & Mohrherr, C. J. (2015). DDT, Dioxins, and PCBs in Sediments in a Historically Polluted Estuary Along the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Practice, 17, 89-101. doi:10.1017/S1466046615000058
  • Liebens, J., & Mohrherr, C. (2014). PCBs and PCDD/Fs in a Historically Polluted Estuary Along the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Conference Proceedings, 39Th Annual Naep Conference, National Association Of Environmental Professionals, 7 p.