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 2017 Sustainable Communities Workshop

​​The 12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop – "Building a Better Future, Together" – will bring the community together to discuss sustainability priorities. Our expert speakers will provide up-to-date information on community strategies and resources, as well as best practice from other communities.


Residents, business leaders, institutions, government agencies, and organizations will gather to learn from knowledgeable speakers and panel discussions. Discussion topics will include:
  • Solar
  • Sustainable Living
  • Climate Change
  • Social Equity
  • Green Building


​​This year's workshop will feature interactive, breakout demonstration sessions, with hands-on activities and discussions for different sustainability topics. Breakout topics will include:
  • Permaculture
  • Composting
  • Transportation
  • Solar
  • Sustainable Purchasing Choices
  • Nature Tour
Building a better future requires participation from everyone to identify and implement innovative and appropriate solutions that support community needs.​


Register now to join us at this annual popular and interactive workshop. Registration rates:
• Early-bird (until Oct. 30): $35
• Standard (Oct. 31 – Nov. 30): $45
• Student: $20

Your registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon break refreshments, catered by a local green business partner serving fresh, local, healthy, delicious food.

 Sponsors and Exhibitors

Interested in helping sponsor the 12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop? Or, perhaps you want to show how your business helps make Sarasota County a more sustainable community? Learn more about opportunities by visiting our Eventbrite sponsor and exhibitor page. Register and pay by credit card at that page, or, if paying by check, complete and submit the appropriate form below:

 Learn more

​For information about the 2017 Sustainable Communities Workshop, call 941-861-5000 and ask for the Sustainable Communities Workshop or email us at

 Event details

  • 12th Annual
    Sustainable Communities Workshop
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
    8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event Center,
    4740 Cattlemen Road,
    Sarasota, Fl.  34233

Here's what attendees had to say about the 2015 workshop:

  • "Excellent workshop. All great speakers."
  • "Good networking venue. Provides a "recharge"; it's inspirational. Sustainability touches everything – all aspects of life."
  • "Second year participating/attending and again, Loved it! Great speakers, topics and conversation."
  • "Using the brainpower in the room to create plans for (impacts) in our community is refreshing and a positive outcome of the conference."
  • "As usual – fantastic workshop. Looking forward to next year."
  • "Well done. Affordable and educational."

 Organizing Partners

The Office of Sustainability is a branch of the UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability Department.

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