Sustainable Communities Workshop logoThe 14th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop – "Growing Greener Generations" – brought 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, the 2019 event drew more than 200 attendees to learn vital information from more than two-dozen panelists and speakers, including keynote speakers Josh Tickell, Chris Castro, and Syd Kitson (view the agenda and speaker bios).

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 gathered to learn from knowledgeable speakers and panel discussions. Discussion topics included:

  • sustainable food systems,
  • renewable energy,
  • social equity,
  • climate change,
  • regional sustainability,
  • youth activity/engagement,
  • and more.

View an agenda of the day's activities, or read more about our speakers.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Interested in helping sponsor future Sustainable Communities Workshops? Or, perhaps you want to show how your business helps make Sarasota County a more sustainable community? Exhibiting at or sponsoring the Sustainable Communities workshop provides a once-a-year opportunity to meet sustainability leaders and communicate with potential clients. Check this page or our Eventbrite listing page for details as they become available, then complete an application to be a Sustainable Communities Workshop sponsor and/or exhibitor.

Please plan to join us at our 2020 workshop to have your commitment to community sustainability recognized.


For more information, 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