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Creating a sustainable community by "Growing Greener Generations"

Creating a sustainable community by "Growing Greener Generations"

Post Date:08/16/2019 8:00 AM

Early-bird registration is now open for Sarasota County's 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop on Nov. 14, a day-long event to showcase strategies for healthy, resilient, thriving communities.

Under the "Growing Greener Generations" 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. Multi-generational panelists will discuss the latest sustainability strategies, resources and best practices, and opportunities for involvement locally.

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"While every generation has a unique perspective on what we should focus on, all of us are facing the same growing concerns," said Sara Kane, sustainability program coordinator with the county's UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department. "This year's workshop will feature multi-generational panels speaking to what they are doing, and what we as a community can do to develop a more sustainable future."

Early-bird registration of $35 is available through Oct. 14, and $45 after, at ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com. Students pay just $25. All registrations include continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack by a Sarasota County Green Business Partner. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities also are available.

The 2019 workshop, set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, at 4740 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota, will tackle resiliency, food production, social equity, biodiversity, green economy and other topics through our multi-generational panels and three keynote speakers:

  • Josh Tickell, an author and film director whose work provides young people with tools to reshape political power, change the climate conversation, and save Earth's ecosystems;
  • Chris Castro, director of Orlando's Office of Sustainability & Resilience and developer of Fleet Farming, a social enterprise that redefines local food systems by building organic farms on residential lawns; and
  • Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, a firm that specializes in creating and developing master-planned communities focused on sustainable, responsible growth.

For more information, visit www.scgov.net/SustainableCommunities or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000. Register now to save your seat by visiting ufsarasotaext.eventbrite.com.