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 2015 Sustainable Communities Workshop


​The 10th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop was held on Dec. 3, 2015.

The workshop brought the community together to reflect on 10 years of sustainability actions and discussions, as highlighted in the 2015 Sustainability Assessment Report

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

Our expert speakers provided up-to-date information on community strategies and resources as well as best practice from other communities. 

 Want information on the 2015 workshop?


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

• View (or download) the 2015 Sustainability Assessment Report

Watch the speaker presentations from the 2015 workshop.

Congratulations to the 2015 Sustainability Leaders, recognized at the workshop. View a full list.

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
Health and Social Sustainability
​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!”

 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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