Sustainably Savvy: History of Sarasota and an introduction to the Green Living Toolkit

Green living Toolkit home screen.
[CREDIT: Science and Environment Council]
Attention new and existing residents of Sarasota County, Florida! Embrace a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle with our Green Living Toolkit. This comprehensive resource is a treasure trove of valuable information, offering a plethora of tips, guides, and resources aimed at reducing our environmental footprint while enhancing our community’s well-being. For those just joining our community, the Toolkit serves as an indispensable guide to understanding and implementing sustainable practices, from reducing energy consumption to adopting eco-friendly habits. To our longtime residents, this toolkit provides a platform to further deepen our commitment to environmental stewardship. Discover innovative ways to conserve resources, support local initiatives, and foster a greener, healthier future for our beloved Sarasota County. Let’s unite in our efforts to preserve the beauty of our surroundings and create a more sustainable community for generations to come. Explore the Green Living Toolkit and embark on a journey toward a greener, more vibrant Sarasota County at

Origins and Evolution

State map of florida that has an inset of Sarasota County.
[CREDIT: Wikimedia Commons]
There is a popular legend that the name “Sarasota” is tied to the daughter of explorer Hernando de Soto. Early maps indicating Sarasota as de Soto’s landing site clash with inconsistencies in his family’s background, casting doubt on this theory. Yet, variants of “Sarasota” emerged on Spanish and British maps in the 1760s, firmly establishing the area’s name long before Florida became part of the United States in 1821. Sarasota’s incorporation in 1902 marked the beginning of its gradual development. Notably, Sarasota, including neighboring regions like Venice and Englewood, were part of Manatee County until 1920 due to an imbalance in representation favoring Bradenton’s control. Frustrated by this disparity, Sarasota’s residents advocated for autonomy, culminating in a pivotal moment when a referendum, held on June 15, 1921, resulted in the establishment of Sarasota County as an independent entity, emancipating the area from Manatee County’s oversight and marking a significant milestone in its history.

Present-Day Sarasota: Embracing Sustainability

Sunset with lifeguard stand at Lido Beach in Sarasota.
[CREDIT: Sarasota County Government]
Today, Sarasota County stands as a vibrant region embracing a commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness. Spanning approximately 575 square miles, this thriving area accommodates cities like Sarasota, Venice, and North Port, offering a tropical climate characterized by hot, humid summers and warm, drier winters.

Amidst this natural splendor, Sarasota County champions numerous initiatives focused on eco-friendly living and sustainability. The Green Living Toolkit stands out as a pioneering endeavor, presenting a comprehensive community calendar of environmental events curated from over 100 Suncoast organizations. From sustainability classes to volunteering opportunities, this toolkit serves as a valuable resource promoting eco-conscious habits.

Embracing Sustainable Practices

The Green Living Toolkit doesn’t just provide information; it’s a practical guide promoting sustainable habits. It offers cost-effective and no-cost energy-saving strategies, encouraging residents to adopt simple yet impactful measures like mindful outdoor irrigation, optimizing thermostat settings, and utilizing LED light bulbs.

Moreover, the toolkit delves into water conservation strategies, emphasizing mindful outdoor irrigation practices, fixing leaks, and promoting Florida Friendly Landscaping. It even educates residents on composting to reduce food waste, promoting responsible shopping practices and recycling habits.

Learn more about the Green Living Toolkit

Building Sustainability: Sarasota’s Inspiring Evolution

In essence, the evolution of Sarasota from a name etched on maps to a thriving, environmentally conscious community is a testament to its rich history and commitment to sustainable living. As the region continues to grow and evolve, its dedication to preserving its natural beauty and fostering a sustainable future remains unwavering. Through collective efforts and conscious choices, Sarasota County exemplifies the harmony between heritage and modern sustainability, setting an inspiring example for communities far and wide.

Learn more about the history of Sarasota County Sustainability.



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Posted: January 8, 2024

Category: Conservation
Tags: Green Living, Green Living Toolkit, History, Pgm_Sustain, StarterKit, Sustainability

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