Workshop to foster a sustainable community by “Advancing Climate Solutions”

Registration is now open for Sarasota County’s 17th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop on Nov. 01. This day-long, first hybrid (in-person and online) event showcases strategies for healthy, resilient, thriving communities.

About the workshop

Sustainable Communities Workshop logoUnder the “Advancing Climate Solutions” theme, the workshop will draw together residents of all ages, business owners and employees, non-profit leaders, and government officials to learn about environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability. Keynotes and panelists will discuss the latest sustainability strategies, resources and best practices, and opportunities for involvement locally.

Climate change is not a distant problem that no one can solve. We already have many climate solutions that demonstrate the capacity for societies, ecosystems, and economies to thrive amid change and complexity. This year’s workshop will explore these opportunities and strengthen our community’s existing momentum on climate action.

Benefit from this year’s hybrid (in-person and online) setting

This year’s hybrid format allows for a larger and broader audience to gather and attendees to connect with featured speakers from anywhere in the world. The variety of speakers will bring different perspectives to the table that will inspire communities to advance climate solutions. Registrants are welcome to attend in-person at the New College Harry Sudakoff Conference Center in Sarasota or participate virtually, providing greater accessibility and convenience to attendees.

See what we have in store for this year’s event

Register at for the one-day workshop and hear about carbon sequestration, regenerative agriculture, climate change, energy efficiency, social equity, local projects, ways to get involved, and more.

Julie Henry
[Credit: Julie Henry]
Here are a few of this year’s featured speakers. There are many others to come!

Julie C. Henry, an outdoor explorer and animal lover at heart who is continually learning and sharing leadership lessons inspired by wildlife and wild places. A former zoo and aquarium senior leader, Julie is president of Finish Line Leadership, a training and consulting firm, and has worked with more than 50 organizations across corporate, nonprofit, government, association, and community sectors. She is author of “Wisdom from the Wild: The Nine Unbreakable Laws of Leadership from the Animal Kingdom,” and was selected as a Fellow of the Toyota TogetherGreen Program of the National Audubon Society, chosen for the Disney’s Animal Kingdom/World Wildlife Fund Biodiversity Leadership Institute, and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to New Zealand. Learn more at:

Sophia Kianni
[Credit: Sophia Kianni]

Sophia Kianni, an Iranian American environmentalist studying climate science and public policy at Stanford University. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with 8,000 volunteers in 40-plus countries working to translate climate information into more than 100 languages. She represents the United States as the youngest member on the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, and sits on boards and advisory councils for The New York Times, World Economic Forum, Inkey List, Iris Project, Ashoka, and American Lung Association. Learn more at:

Sponsorship opportunities

Finally, thank you to Gulf Coast Community Foundation (Green) and Transition Sarasota (Gold) for being sponsors of the 17th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop. Sponsorship opportunities are still available!


Organizing partners

We thank each of our 2022 organizing partners for their time and devotion to developing this event:

Learn more and register today

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


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Posted: August 24, 2022

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources
Tags: Adaptation, Agriculture, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Conference, Energy Efficiency, Equity, Event, Gardening, Hybrid, Mitigation, Networking, Pgm_Sustain, Renewable Energy, Resiliency, Speakers, Sustainable Communities Workshop, Youth

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