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Nov. 29, 2018
13th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop

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The 12th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop – "Building a Better Future, Together" – brought the community together Nov. 30 to discuss sustainable priorities. Our expert speakers provided up-to-date information on community strategies and resources, as well as best practice from other communities.


2017 agenda | 2017 highlights | 2017 speakers


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

  • Solar.
  • Sustainable Living.
  • Climate Change.
  • Social Equity.
  • Green Building.


This year's workshop featured interactive, breakout demonstration sessions, with hands-on activities and discussions for different sustainability topics. Breakout topics included:

  • Permaculture.
  • Composting.
  • Transportation – Bikes and Electric Vehicles.
  • Solar.
  • Gardening.
  • 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.


Nathaniel Smith, founder and chief equity officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity, delivered one of two keynote addresses. Smith’s firm pushes for balanced growth and inclusive prosperity in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Randall Wells also delivered a keynote. As director of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, Wells has studied the effects of boating, fishing, and other human activities on the dolphin population.

Learn more about Nathaniel and Randall, as well as all our invited speakers.

We want to thank our workshop sponsors

Gulf Coast Community Foundation logo
Florida Power & Light Co. logo Transition Sarasota logo
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program logo Waste Management logo
Brilliant Harvest logo
Herald Tribune logo ABC7 WWSB MySuncoast logo

Organizing partners

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