Jennison specializes in energy and water efficiency in Florida’s built environment, with a focus on bridging gaps between science and policy (individual, community, and institutional action). She is an Alumnus of the Florida Natural Resources Leadership Institute (Class VIII) and served as an Agroforestry Extension Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya in the late 1990s. As State Coordinator of the IFAS Sustainable Floridians Program, Jennison works with county, regional, and state Extension faculty and specialists to research, develop, and deliver cross-disciplinary, systems-level educational materials that help advance awareness, understanding, and dialogue around Florida’s most challenging environmental, economic, and social issues.
She is part of a team of water experts who are working with the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) and the nonpartisan, nonprofit Kettering Foundation to develop a framework for public deliberation of local water issues; the larger goal of this project is to promote citizen engagement in community development and decision making. Jennison has coordinated and facilitated Low-Impact Development (LID) workshops for local governments statewide, has been a contributing author of draft LID guidance manuals for Sarasota and Alachua Counties, and studied stakeholder engagement in one of Florida’s first Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs). She has also conducted evaluations for the state on the Florida Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (FEECA) and on opportunities to improve energy and water efficiency in Florida’s multifamily housing stock.
Sponsors, partners and collaborators in Jennison’s research and extension programs have included Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Water Management Districts; UF’s Water Institute, Public Utility Research Center (PURC), Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE), Levin College of Law – Conservation Clinic; and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC), Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), Tampa Bay Water, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, and the Florida Springs Institute. She has published her water-related research in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association and Florida Watershed Journal as well as numerous technical reports.
Keywords: Nonmarket valuation; Stated preference; Willingness to pay; Demand-side management; Public interest communication; Collaborative processes; Watersheds; Resilience; Adaptive management