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Beyond the Air We Breathe: Supporting Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services Our environment provides numerous benefits that are vital to our health and economic livelihood. These environmental benefits are called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are classified into four major categories: regulating, provisional, cultural, and supporting services. It… Read More

A fish out of water!

Marine and freshwater fish support important angling industries that provide substantial benefit to local economies. Although catch and release – both voluntary and mandatory – aims to conserve fish stocks, its effectiveness is dependent on the survival and… Read More

Florida Cattle and Environmental Impact Statistics

In the technological advanced world we live in today, many people take to Facebook or other social media outlets to receive their “news”.  This is not the best way to get unbiased news because majority of people use… Read More

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

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Cultural Ecosystem Services

An Environment of Inspiration Next week I will be backpacking in the Grand Canyon. A group of friends and I are spending five days exploring the canyon; one of the world’s most popular natural wonders. According to the… Read More

The necessity of nature

Inspired by Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods,” Take A Child Outside Week (Sept. 24-30) was founded to help connect children with nature and to combat what Louv has referred to as “nature-deficit disorder.” According to… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Provisioning Ecosystem Services

Introduction This morning I drank coffee and ate a giant bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and honey. Afterward, my family and I decided to go hiking. I put on my wool socks and filled up our reusable water… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Regulating Ecosystem Services

A Continued Series If you are currently eating breakfast or enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea-thank a pollinator. While you are outside today, enjoying the fresh air and shade-thank a tree. These are a couple examples… Read More