Category: Conservation

Getting back to school, and into sustainability

children running playfully at school

By Lee Hayes Byron, Sophia Moundous, and Randall Penn UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County It’s back to school time across Sarasota County, and a good time to mix a little sustainability into the race back to the classroom. We’ve… Read More

This Siesta Key resident turned the sun into a silent money making machine

Aerial photo of Larry's home with solar panels attached to the roof

By Curt Preisser and Larry Stults Special for UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Harnessing the power of the sun has its benefits, including owning a silent money machine. Since installing a solar power system in his home, Sarasota County… Read More

Slake your thirst for water quality knowledge at our classes

People enjoying Nokomis Beach in Sarasota County.

By Lee Hayes Byron, County Extension Director, and Kevin O’Horan, Communications Coordinator Even as our annual summer rains have rolled in and nagging algal blooms have gradually given way, water remains a hot topic in our area, and… Read More

Updated FAQ: Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Workers install rooftop solar panels

Frequently Asked Questions about PACE By Lee Hayes Byron, Sara Kane and Sophia Mondous UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County The Sarasota County Commission adopted an ordinance setting the framework for a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program Oct. 11,… Read More

Volunteers needed for horseshoe crab project

Often, when I meet people, they ask me. “What do you do?” When I tell them I’m a marine biologist, I get replies like, “Cool, I always wanted to be a marine biologist” or “I wish I could… Read More

Green Business partners recognized for environmental efforts

panoramic view of sarasota downtown waterfront

The Sarasota County Green Business Partnership teamed up with the Tampa-based Sustany Foundation to assist in recognizing area businesses that are making positive environmental changes in our region. Nearly 100 companies from the Gulf Coast region submitted an application… Read More