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 2015 Sustainable Communities Workshop


​The 10th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop will take place on Dec. 3, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Register Now. Don't miss this important milestone in our local effort to build a sustainable community. 

The workshop will bring the community together to reflect on 10 years of sustainability actions and discussions. 

Our morning keynote speaker will be morning keynote speaker will be Kaid Benfield, senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers LLC based in Washington D.C. 

The afternoon keynote speaker will be Jon Thaxton, the Director of Community Investment at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and former Sarasota County Commissioner.

The workshop will also include the release of a Sustainability Assessment Report and engagement sessions with participants for identification of future priorities. 

Do you know of a Sustainability Leader in our community? Nominate them to be recognized at the workshop.
Our expert speakers will provide up-to-date information on community strategies and resources as well as best practice from other communities. 
Topics to be discussed include:
  • Natural environment
  • Energy
  • Sustainability in the built environment
  • Improved health
  • Access to local, healthy food
  • Water
  • Sustainable Economic Development

This year, workshop attendees will be active participants in group discussions to identify priority strategies for sustainability improvements in the next 10 years. 

Attendees will participate in facilitated discussions on the four workshop topics.

Thoughts and ideas for future strategies will be documented and used in the development of a Sustainability Plan, an update to the 2006 Roadmap to Sustainability. 


 Want information on the 2015 workshop?


Call 941-861-5000 and ask for the Sustainable Communities Workshop or email us at

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2015 Sustainable Communities Workshop

​Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about our 2014 workshop:
“Excellent as usual."
"A great learning experience.”
“Really great workshop. Loved the Keynote  speaker.”
“Thanks for a great workshop! Met a lot of great people!”
Join the conversations before the workshop to contribute your input on each topic area. Results of those discussions will be provided here.
  • Natural Systems, April 8, 2015
  • The State of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, May 4, 2015
  • The State of Green in the Built Environment, June 17, 2015
  • Water Quality and Conservation, Sept. 23, 2015
  • Sustainable Economic Development, Oct. 13, 2015
  • Food and Agriculture, Oct. 28, 2015
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Health and Social Sustainability

 Past Sustainable Communities Workshops

2014 Sustainable Communities Workshop ~ "Growing a Healthy, Prosperous and Resilient Community"
2013 Sustainable Communities Workshop ~ "Investing in our Future"
2012 Sustainable Communities Workshop ~ "Innovation for the Future"

 Thank You to Our 2015 Workshop Organizing Partners


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