For many of us, sustainability is a challenge and we don’t know where to start. The University of Florida has developed a training program to help citizens learn about sustainability and connect with others who are already involved in local, sustainable community projects.
Sustainable Floridians is a 7-module, 6-week course that provides a forum for education and action to address Florida-specific concerns about water, energy, and food systems. The program uses a hybrid teaching approach with instructor led sessions, facilitated peer-to-peer exchanges, tours, and webinars to create and provide an interactive and engaging learning experience.
This year, the Sustainable Floridians course will meet from March 25th to April 29th. Classes will meet on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm, skipping the April 15th meeting date. The primary meeting location will be at the main Extension office (12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL); the water module will be taught on location at South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility with a tour immediately following.
Participants must complete 6 of 7 modules of the training to be considered a certified Sustainable Floridian graduate, including the introductory and final modules. Sustainable Floridians have the opportunity to volunteer with the Extension office at community outreach events, work with schools or in the community through our 4-H program to educate youth about sustainability, and participate in a variety of other projects and classes.
Pinellas County Extension is currently the only Extension office in the Tampa Bay area that is providing this training. Since the pilot launch of this program, Pinellas County trained over 80 volunteers who have contributed nearly 1000 hours to sustainable causes in their communities.
When you complete this program, you will be a sustainability aware citizen who will be able to work at the grassroots level to improve the resiliency of your local community.
Join us for this exciting program and become a part of the Sustainable Floridian network of graduates!