AbstractThe Florida Atlantic University/Florida International University Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems was created 27 years ago by the Florida Legislature. During its tenure it has made major contributions to the issues associated with rapid urbanization in south Florida, an area of intense urban growth located in the midst of an ecosystem of international significance. Maintaining political support, both in the community and within two universities, has been crucial to sustaining the activities of the center. Balancing the interests and needs of multiple constituencies has been a key challenge. However, engaging critical-often controversial-public policy issues has played a mcentral role in maintaining a high level of support for the center over the years.
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