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. View the latest agenda.


2015 Sustainable Communities Workshop actionResidents, 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:

  • $35: Early-bird (through Oct. 30)
  • $45: Standard (Oct. 31 - Nov. 30)
  • $20: 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.


Nathaniel Smith, founder and chief equity officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity, will deliver one of two keynote addresses. Smith’s firm pushes for balanced growth and inclusive prosperity in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Randall Wells also will deliver 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.

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:

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

Workshop sponsors

Herald Tribune logo ABC7 WWSB MySuncoast logo
Florida Power & Light Co. logo Transition Sarasota logo
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program logo

Organizing partners

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