FIU’s Institute of Environment is a finalist for a Land Rover Defender.
This fall, Land Rover is awarding seven customized Defender models to organizations that go above and beyond for their communities every day. The Land Rover Defender is a versatile tool, capable of scaling mountains and crossing treacherous rivers. FIU’s Institute of Environment is a finalist in the Environmental category for its work to help save the Florida Everglades, a dynamic, rugged and imperiled ecosystem.
The institute is dedicated to combating environmental crises that devastate ecosystems, disrupt communities and destroy natural resources. Its researchers conduct research across many environmental topics and disciplines, all related to saving the planet and its species. Their work is designed to develop realistic and scalable solutions for today’s environmental crises and to serve as the scientific foundation for preventing future ones.
One of the institute’s premier initiatives is the Florida Everglades, a 30-year effort to save one of America’s most iconic and imperiled ecosystems. As part of this effort, FIU houses the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Restoration project, one of only 28 sites funded for long-term ecological research by the National Science Foundation. That initiative, now in its 21st year, includes 86 collaborators and 70 students from 29 academic institutions, government agencies and NGO partners all focused on restoring, preserving and protecting the Florida Everglades.
Public voting for the Land Rover Above & Beyond Service Awards runs through August 23. Please visit the Land Rover contest page and scroll down to cast a vote. Each person can cast one vote per day.