The 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop – "Growing Greener Generations" – will bring together the community to discuss a variety of up-to-date sustainability topics presented by our expert speakers.

Building on the success of last year's workshop, which drew a record attendance of more than 190 people, the 2019 event will feature keynote speakers Josh Tickell, Chris Castro, and Syd Kitson, along with more than two-dozen other panelists and speakers (view a draft agenda).

Josh is an internationally recognized expert on sustainability and the climate, and author of multiple books on sustainability-related topics, including his latest work, “The Revolution Generation: How Millennials Can Save America and the World (Before It’s Too Late).” Learn more at

Chris is director of Orlando’s Office of Sustainability & Resilience, developing policies and programs to advance the city’s sustainability, clean energy, and climate action goals. Among his accomplishments, Chris helped develop Fleet Farming, a social enterprise that redefines local food systems by building organic farms on residential lawns.

And Syd Kitson is chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, which specializes in the creation and development of master-planned communities setting new standards for sustainable, responsible growth.

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Audience members watch a presentation at the 2018 Sustainable Communities Workshop in Sarasota, FloridaResidents, business leaders, institutions, government agencies and organizations will gather to learn from knowledgeable speakers and panel discussions. We will announce discussion topics and keynote speakers soon.


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. Registration rates:

  • $45: Standard
  • $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 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14 (Thursday), at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, Florida 34233.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Interested in helping sponsor the 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop? Or, perhaps you want to show how your business helps make Sarasota County a more sustainable community? Please complete an application to be a Sustainable Communities Workshop sponsor and/or exhibitor.

Exhibiting at or sponsoring the Sustainable Communities workshop provides a once-a-year opportunity to meet sustainability leaders and communicate with potential clients. Please join us to have your commitment to community sustainability recognized.

Questions? Call 941-861-5000 and ask for the Sustainable Communities Workshop or e-mail us at

We want to thank our 2019 workshop sponsors

Gulf Coast Community Foundation logo Manatee County Government logo
Transition Sarasota logo
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program logo Waste Management Inc. logo
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens logo Tampa Bay Solar logo
Herald Tribune logo SNN-TV logo

Our 2019 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