Workshop to offer unique solutions to create, foster sustainable communities

Early-bird registration is now open for Sarasota County’s 13th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop on Nov. 29, a day-long event to showcase solutions to creating and maintaining healthy, resilient, thriving communities.

Under the “Unique Perspectives for Community Solutions” theme, the workshop will draw together residents, business owners and employees, non-profit leaders, and government officials to learn about environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability. Attendees will learn about the latest strategies, resources, and best practices, and can visit breakout learning sessions.

“We’ve all heard about the environmental issues we face, but we often don’t know what we can do to help,” said Sara Kane, sustainability program coordinator with the county’s UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department. “At this year’s workshop, speakers will give their unique perspectives on how we can improve the quality of life in our area.”

Florida and Sarasota County continue to experience rapid population growth and development, with no slowdown in sight. Against that backdrop, the annual workshop offers insight on sustainable approaches to energy use, construction, healthy living, transportation, and more.
The 2018 workshop, to be held 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota, will tackle a suite of sustainability-related topics, including:

  • Overview effect, with “Artistic Astronaut” Nicole Stott.
  • Plastic pollution solutions.
  • Environmental communication.
  • Habitat restoration.
  • Transportation approaches.
  • Food systems.

Nicole Stott (, who has explored from the heights of outer space to the depths of our oceans, will deliver the main keynote address. Stott has dedicated her life to sharing with others the beauty of Earth from space with others. She believes that sharing these orbital and inner-space perspectives has the power to increase everyone’s appreciation of, and obligation to care for, our home planet and each other.

Early-bird registration of $35 is available through Oct. 29, and $45 after. Students pay just $25. All registrations include continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities also are available.

To register and for more information, visit or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.



Posted: August 23, 2018

Category: Health & Nutrition, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Energy, Food, Habitat, Pgm_Sustain, Sustainability, Waste Reduction

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