The 13th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop – "Unique Perspectives for Community Solutions" – will bring the community together to discuss sustainability priorities. Our expert speakers will provide up-to-date information on community strategies, resources, and solutions, as well as best practices from other communities.


2015 Sustainable Communities Workshop actionResidents, business leaders, institutions, government agencies and organizations will gather to learn from knowledgeable speakers and panel discussions. Discussion topics include:

  • the overview effect, with "The Artistic Astronaut" Nicole Stott,
  • plastic pollution solutions,
  • environmental communication,
  • habitat restoration,
  • transportation,
  • food,
  • and more.

View an agenda of the day's planned activities, or read more about our speakers. Note that these PDF documents are currently in draft status and subject to change, as we continue to set our agenda and speaker lineup.


Creating solutions requires participation from everyone to identify and implement innovative and appropriate sustainability practices that support community needs. Meet our speakers, visit our exhibitors, learn, network, and enjoy organic and local food. Participate in breakout sessions and network with businesses and community groups to help build a better future for our community. Register now to join us at this annual popular and interactive workshop.


Register now to join us at this annual popular and interactive workshop. Registration rates:

  • $45: Standard (Oct. 30 - Nov. 29)
  • $25: Student

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

The 13th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 (Thursday), at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, Fla. 34233. For more information on the workshop and sponsor/exhibitor opportunities please call 941-861-5000 and ask for the Sustainable Communities Workshop or e-mail us at

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Interested in helping sponsor the 13th 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:

We want to thank our workshop sponsors

Gulf Coast Community Foundation logo
Transition Sarasota logo Manatee County Government logo
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program logo Willis Smith Construction logo Marie Selby Botanical Gardens logo
Brilliant Harvest logo Solar Advantage logo
Herald Tribune logo ABC7 WWSB MySuncoast logo SNN-TV logo

Organizing partners

Sarasota County logo with contact information UF/IFAS Extension logo
City of Sarasota logo Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County logo Sarasota Bay Estuary Program logo
Transition Sarasota logo Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County logo Ringling College of Art + Design logo


2017 agenda | 2017 highlights | 2017 speakers (PDF) | 2017 speakers (videos)