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Registration open for 16th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop

Workshop to focus on the "Roots of Sustainability" for a better future

Registration is now open for Sarasota County's 16th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, an online event Nov. 10 to showcase strategies for healthy, resilient, thriving communities.

Under the “Roots of Sustainability” theme, the virtual conference will draw together residents, students, and community members of all ages, sectors, and walks of life to learn about environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability. Featured speakers and panelists will discuss the latest sustainability strategies, resources, and best practices, while focusing on the roots of sustainability.

“Building on the success of last year’s workshop, this year’s event will feature speakers, panelists, exhibitors, and more that will focus on not only the urgency we face with water and climate issues but also the many ways that anyone can get involved and make a difference toward a more sustainable future,” said Sara Kane, sustainability program supervisor with Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability.

Like many areas of the world, Florida is experiencing impacts related to natural resources, climate change, and rapid population growth. This workshop offers expert insight on approaches to create lasting, healthy communities that address these issues, among many others.

Register now at to save your spot for the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop, packed with information on climate change and resiliency, water quality, social equity, and more.

Featured speakers include:

  • Meg Lowman, called the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic, is an author, explorer, scientist, and change-agent for conservation. She is a global pioneer of canopy science and public science communication, and directs the TREE Foundation.
  • Rob Greenfield, an activist and humanitarian, is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. He embarks on extreme projects to bring attention to important global issues and inspire positive change, believing that individuals and communities have the power to improve the world.
  • Tai Simpson, known as “The Storyteller” in the Indigenous language of the Nez Perce Tribe, uses contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling to champion inclusion, equity, and liberation. Notably, she has a TEDxBoise talk exploring Indigenous beliefs as the basis for empowering community.

The $10 workshop cost (students pay just $5) provides online access to the day-long event featuring expert speakers, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. There also is an option to donate a ticket for those needing financial help to attend, with any remaining funds used toward a carbon-offset project. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are available.

For more information and to register, visit or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

NOTE: The 2021 event remains virtual for enhanced access of participants and national speakers and safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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