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Florida's Governor Crist addresses UK and Floridian business leaders

12:00AM, 14 July 2008
12:00AM, 14 July 2008
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Florida's Governor Crist addresses UK and Floridian business leaders

Florida Governor, Charlie Crist, addressed 100 UK and Florida business leaders at a reception jointly hosted by The °Climate Group and law firm Olswang. Senior Partner Mark Devereaux welcomed the group along Climate Group CEO Steve Howard.

The next day, a forum was held at Arup with UK climate leaders - James Cameron, Chris Mottershead, Shai Weiss, Peter Head - discussed the low carbon economy on a panel moderated by Steve Howard. Governor Crist addressed the group and spoke to the actions Florida is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage green investment in Florida

The events took place as part of a series of meetings between representatives from leading Florida and UK businesses to identify low carbon opportunities and share best practices on tackling climate change. The Climate Group's US Southern Director, Susan Glickman worked closely with Enterprise Florida in planning the events.

In his speech, Governor Crist said, "The UK has shown extraordinary leader on climate change. We understand the significance of our environment in Florida and how it relates to our economy."

The °Climate Group works closely with the Florida government, which has signed up to The Climate Group's States & Regions programme - a coalition of states and regions around the world working together on implementing pro-business climate policies to reduce emissions and create a low carbon economy.

Steve Howard, The Climate Group CEO, explained how the The Climate Group's decision to open a US Southern region office in Florida had been influenced by Governor Crist's leadership on climate change. "He is great at engaging leaders in both parties and people across the state," Howard said.

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