RESTORING THE EVERGLADES
The Everglades Coalition returns to Miami for its 24th annual conference. Hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association, the conference will bring together leaders, elected officials, community and environmental activists and the public to discuss the opportunities and challenges in 2009 and beyond in efforts to restore the entire Everglades ecosystem. Ends Jan. 11. Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (954) 942-3113 or www.evergladescoalition.org.
GRUBBIN' THE GROVE
The Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce hosts the 19th annual "Great Taste of the Grove." The two-day event features tasting booths from Coconut Grove's restaurants, live music and a free kids' activity area sponsored by the Miami Science Museum. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Ends Jan. 11. Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 444-7520 or www.coconutgrovechamber.com.
FOCUSING ON THE CUSTOMER
Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management brings together influential academics and Hispanic business leaders for academic sessions and panel discussions addressing the power of customer-centric innovation. 9 a.m. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami. Details: centennial.kellogg.northwestern.edu/.
OUTLOOK ON THE AMERICAS
The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami host the 2009 "Outlook on the Americas" luncheon. The event will provide an opportunity for dialogue on the economic and political issues that will have the greatest impact on hemispheric trade and investment in the coming year. 11:30 a.m. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (202) 463-5384 or www.uschamber.com.
Miami businesses can learn about the $100 billion carbon-trading industry during the two-day Carbon Finance Conference. The event will cover how to turn a corporation's financial liabilities in carbon emissions into financial assets, a "how to" on trading carbon in the US and abroad and a keynote address from the Florida Governor's Office on the State of Florida's carbon policies and market activities. Westin Colonnade, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: www.environmental-finance.com.