Jeff Seward, the chief financial officer for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit authority (HART), will be attending the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change in England next spring, where he will present a workshop on the agency’s work on environmental sustainability and climate change resiliency.
Seward told the HART board at Monday’s monthly meeting the invitation came after he conducted a workshop at the 12th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability at Portland State University last January.
The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change will take place April 21-22 at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England.
Seward’s work on making HART an environmental leader was rewarded earlier this year, when it was awarded the Certification for Environmental Sustainability and Management System, marking the first ever certification awarded in Florida.
“We have been asked to come and present a workshop and teach other organizations and agencies how to couple ISO and environmental sustainability and climate change residency at the Anglia Ruskin University next year,” Seward said, adding that HART is the only transit agency in North America ever asked to attend the conference.
ISO (International Organization for Solutions) is an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 163 national standards bodies.
Seward also seemed to delight HART board chairman Mike Suarez when he said that his expenses to the conference will be picked up by a $1,000 research grant he applied for from Webster University in St. Louis, where he’s an adjunct faculty member.