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Celebrate National Energy Efficiency Day and Awareness Month

By SOPHIA MOUNDOUS Sustainability Assistant, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County October is all about fall colors, pumpkins, and Halloween costumes. Here at Sarasota County Sustainability, we are also excited about October because it is National Energy Awareness Month, and today,… Read More

Sarasota County ag community prepares for storm issues

A Sarasota County barn shows severe damage from a recent storm

By SARAH BOSTICK Sustainable Agriculture Agent UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters is a very big job in our state, and one not limited to our urban areas. It is such a big… Read More

Citizen science opportunity closing quickly… don’t miss it

horseshoe crabs

Did you know that horseshoe crabs have been around for at least 445 million years? Fossil records from prehistoric horseshoe crabs look very similar to existing horseshoe crabs, with not much change. And, that is why some people… Read More

Amber’s Adventures: The story of a summer internship

Intern Amber helps with pond study

By AMBER LOPATINE Intern, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Hi! I’m Amber, and I recently completed my summer internship experience with Sarasota County. Keep reading to learn about my summer adventures in Sustainability and Natural Resources. I have always… Read More

Enzymedica re-certifies as Green Business Partner

logo for enzymedica

Enzymedica, a Venice-based digestive enzyme supplement company, has a healthy history with the Sarasota County Green Business Partnership (GBP). And they’re writing another chapter, now, by re-certifying as a GBP member. It started in 2015, when Enzymedica became the… Read More

Controlling insects naturally

a collection of twospotted mites on a green background. twospotted mites are a major pest on more than 200 species of plants

Summer is the season… for checking landscape plants for insects before they devour your plants with their ravenous appetite.   Conservative estimates state there are over 12,000 species of insects in Florida, so it’s no wonder your hibiscus might… Read More