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Go green with UF/IFAS Extension’s online education

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County’s Waste Reduction program has added three new courses to UF/IFAS Extension Online Learning. Read more about these opportunities, then follow the supplied link(s) to register.

Green Business Partnership Best Management Practices (BMPs)

The “Green Business Partnership Best Management Practices (BMPs)” course is open for all businesses in Florida. Using the model of the Sarasota County Green Business Partnership Program, created in 2006, the course assists businesses with implementing green practices. A Sarasota County business that completes the application process will become a recognized Green Business Partner. To date, more than 250 businesses have earned certification in Sarasota County. Learn more and register.

Recycle Right!

“Recycle Right” is a new class focused on the issues we face with recycling in Florida. The online offering focuses on recycling, with waste reduction, recycling, composting, and other topics on tap throughout the course.  “Recycle Right” takes a deeper look at recycling, food waste, challenges and obstacles, and related environmental issues in Florida and beyond. We aim to involve individuals passionate about protecting the environment and willing to work to make our community healthier, but welcome everyone interested in learning. The goal is to facilitate a discussion about the state of recycling.  Through online classroom learning, this class will frame the environmental issues facing your community, with the intent to create action steps moving forward. Learn more and register.

Composting Basics

Composting is the breakdown of organic materials by microorganisms. Anybody can compost, even apartment dwellers. All you need is a little space, water, air, some organic material, and the desire. Compost will happen! Composting is important because 20 percent or more of household waste is organic material that can be composted, rather than disposed, thus saving landfill space. Compost is a valuable soil amendment that will help your plants thrive. Compost helps your landscape retain water and nutrients better, and that means you can irrigate and fertilize less in areas treated with compost. Composting is just good for the environment. Learn more and register.


Course instructor: Randall Penn, waste reduction agent, who is responsible for designing, coordinating, evaluating and reporting on a research-based education program that focuses on solid waste. Visit UF/IFAS Extension Online Learning to enroll in either or both of these self-paced courses.

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