2011 Sustainable YOU Conference!
Turnbull Conference Center at Florida State University
This is the final week to register for the
Sustainable YOU! Conference in Tallahassee. The conference - hosted by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County and Sustainable Florida, October 24-25 - promises to be a great event. Register now for great keynote presenters and a wonderful set of workshops.
This is always an exciting statewide event to learn more about cutting edge sustainability issues and best practices while getting to network with the state's sustainability elite.
Online registrtation deadline is Wednesday afternoon.
As a special incentive to the local community, the City and County have made scholarship funds available. Read below how to apply
online for the Locals Only rate. Get your
The program is strong and registration is inexpensive given four keynotes, 24 concurrent workshop sessions, tours, meals and more.
But we can't do it without you!
We hope to see you next week!
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6th Annual Sustainable Florida Conference
now - don't miss these exciting keynote presentations!
SPECIAL "Locals Only" rate for residents of Tallahassee and Leon County. Be sure to take advantage of the special scholarship
program established by the City and County. Only $50 if you are paying with personal funds.
This year's conference will feature some great speakers who are leading by example and moving their communities toward a more sustainable
kick it off with Mayor Bob Dixson who is leading a rebuilding effort in Greensburg, Kansas, after a destructive tornado tore up the town in May 2007. Sustainable building, renewable
energy and "green" technologies are the cornerstones of the recovery of Greensburg.
Described as an Eco-Entrepreneur,
Majora Carter will keynote the opening day luncheon with her "Home(town) Security" presentation. A 2011 TED Prize winner and one of Fast Company's Top 100 Creative People in Business,
Majora hosts the Peabody Award winning public-radio series: The Promised Land. She has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. She founded
Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 when few were talking about "sustainability"; and even fewer, in places like The South Bronx.
It is always important to have a good story and
Joe Tankersley is a master at helping to write one that attracts attention, secures emotional connection and compels action. Joseph Tankersley is a storyteller, futurist and creator
of immersive experiences. For over 25 years he has helped organizations create compelling messages about their goals and visions for the future. He has worked with national and international corporations, NGO's and governments. Joe employs a wide range of
media tools; from oral storytelling to feature films and fully immersive physical environments to help communicate these messages of better tomorrows.
We have a great closing plenary panel with regional and state leaders who are busy trying to design and implement sustainable community plans. Moderated
by Cambridge Systematics' John Kaliski,
Jim Murley and
Kathy Neill will explore the sustainable communities planning efforts being undertaken by two distinct regions in Florida - South East Coast of Florida stretching from Indian River
County to Monroe and the Heartland in the Central Florida Regional Partnership region. Along with a look at the Department of Transportation's Horizon 2060 long-range strategic plan for Florida.
Now's the time to register an be a part of this great event. Register today!
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in the heart of downtown, the Residence
Inn Tallahassee Universities at the Capitol is close to FSU, FAMU, and the Florida State Capitol.
The Sustainable YOU! Conference hotel room block has rates for $129 and is just two blocks - easy walking distance -from the Turnbull
Call now to reserve your room - 1-800-922-3291 or go online. This special rate is available through Friday this week.
600 W Gaines St
Tallahassee, Florida 32304-4308
Receptions Sunday & Monday nights
FAMU and City of Tallahassee showcased
Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) will host a special reception on their campus Sunday evening. Plan to come in time to join us aroun 7 PM for some great food and friendship. Come meet
Mayor Bob Dixson and the conference hosts, sponsors and attendees.
City of Tallahassee staff are busy putting the finishing touches on Food,
Fashion and Art - a special Monday night reception just for conference attendees that will highlight sustainability in all aspects of our lives. There will be lots of food, refreshments and entertainment along with our keynote guest
The receptions are included in the registration fee. So
Of course the keynote presenters will be great, but there are 24 concurrent workshops, too. We have four tracks:
Sustainability professionals - from business, government, non-profits and beyond.
Policy makers - for state, regional, and local government policy makers, elected officials
and managers along with non-government organizations, non-profit advocates and associations
Higher Education - a special track for the participants of the Educational Alliance for a Sustainable
and others interested in advancing the sustainability agenda in universities and colleges.
Grassroots 101 - For the individual consumer looking to reduce expenses, live more sustainability
and exploring steps that they can take in their own lives.
The conference schedule is online and features everything from green building to energy, from water to community development, from
agriculture to tours. The Educational Alliance has great panels for our higher education guests. Be sure to check it out!
out the Schedule
Florida Green School Awards
Presented by FPL
your calendars and get to West Palm Beach for the 2011
Florida Green School Awards dinner presented by
Be prepared to be wowed by the exciting efforts taking place in the K-12 world in this great state. The awards dinner is on the eve of the
Green Conference where educators will learn best practices in operations and curricula.
2011 Florida Green School Award Finalists
teaches at Bessey Creek Elementary School in Jensen Beach and is involved with the students in the school's Green Club. Their recycling initiatives have reduced trash consumption
at the school by one-third and motivated the families of students and staff to recycle at home.
Madeline Cowen and Larissa Weinstein
made an impact as co-presidents in Gables Earth Environmental Club under the guidance of their teacher, Jenny Lopez-Ponce of Coral Gables Senior High School. They helped create
a mural behind the school's new butterfly garden, were involved in the expansion of the school's recycling program, and have both been featured in a film titled "Young Voices on Climate Change."
is a student leader in reducing the carbon footprint at Miami Palmetto Senior High School. She participated in the planting of native trees and the removal of non-native species
in the school's half-acre area of pine flat woods and assisted in raising money to help Haiti plant trees to lower their own carbon footprint.
is a 4th grade teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School who, along with her students, has been working to lessen the school's environmental footprint with students planting 80 trees
to help prevent soil erosion and restore habitat that was destroyed by a road project.
is a returning finalist and teacher at Ocoee High School who guided the student-led project, Ocoee Green, which encourages student leadership and environmental stewardship in
the community. Their project focused on composting, organic vegetable farming, recycling, water catchment, hydroponics and vermiculture.
is an agriculture teacher at Roosevelt Academy who implemented the program, Roosevelt Farms. This program teaches children with learning disabilities how to grow and maintain
crops without using harmful chemicals, while also conserving water.
led his class in creating a green learning environment at Key West High School. With his guidance, his class produced power via a wind turbine, reduced carbon emissions, planted
trees, saved more than 1,000 gallons of water, produced 100 gallons of biodiesel and recycled 1,000 gallons of oil.
is in charge of the Suter Energy Savers of A.K. Suter Elementary School. She incorporated green learning activities into her daily lessons including alternative energy awareness,
constructing a solar house, using a solar oven and creating a wind turbine.
of Timber Creek High School implemented a service learning theme at her school. She raised awareness of environmental issues by leading a school-wide recycling program, preserving
habitats, protecting endangered species, and conserving energy and water.
Learning Gate Community School
lives by the motto "Nature Is Our Best Teacher" and uses their achieved LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Platinum certified building as a teaching tool.
Lawton Chiles Elementary School
brought out the environmental stewardship in their students and staff members. This school's recycling efforts have diverted 2,500 pounds of material from entering the landfill
David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center
saved $76,000 by reducing their energy waste. Students led projects supporting sustainable technology including a solar powered waterfall and a noise detection device with LED
Pine Jog Elementary,
a previous Green School Award-winning finalist, created a school recycling program titled Growing Up Green. The program was also involved with Terracycle and earned the school
a $450 rebate for turning in juice pouches, candy wrappers and zip lock bags. Pine Jog collected old shoes for Shoes for The Cure and 87 pounds of pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House. They reused trash and plastic bottles to make planters and musical instruments.
The school saved 482,000 gallons of water and reduced waste by 2,180 cubic yards.