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Defining Excellence for Florida's Economic, Environmental and Social Future 
January 2011
Greetings!

I know. I know. He never writes. He never calls. I wonder how he's doing? Worry no longer.

Happy New Year! Hope your holidays were grand, you got everything you desired and you're keeping your resolutions.

Many groups offer an end-of-the-year recap. Some look at the year ahead. Fortunately, we can do it all in one sentence: Florida elected bold leaders to tackle the big issues of the day - jobs, health care, education, economic development, energy, water, justice and more - and they will need our help.

Sustainable Florida - Collins Center is working through this transition with an optimistic eye on our horizon. And, we too will need your help. How can we be more valuable to you and move sustainable policy forward in a real way? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or email.

Each year, we hold up best practices as an example for others to follow - showing that you can do well by doing good. Look around you and consider submitting a nomination for the 2011 Sustainable Florida Best Practices Awards. We are looking for the best in small business, partnership, government, non-profit, large business, green building and leadership categories. Nominate today!
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Tim Center
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Nominate Best Practices Today!
Deadline is March - Awards Luncheon in June

Think You're Green?You see them everyday. Companies. Small businesses. Non-profits. People. Making a difference. Not business as usual. Breaking the mold. Engaged in their community. Conscious of their environmental impact. All while increasing their economic bottom line while expanding their market share.

 

They are doing well by doing good. They focus on a triple bottom line. They are the best!

 

Make your nomination today for the 2011 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards - the state's premier sustainability awards program.  More than 100 businesses, non-profit organizations, governmental groups and individuals have been honored for their work that demonstrates that a healthy environment and a healthy economy are mutually supportive. The Governor and Cabinet bestow a resolution honoring the winners each year.
 
The nomination deadline is fast approaching. Nominate yourself, a colleague, a vendor or partner. Awards will be presented in several categories including Leadership, Small Business, Large Business, Non-Profit, Partnership, and Green Building. An independent blue-ribbon panel of experts in sustainable practices will review and score the nominees. Nomination forms my be accessed on the web. Deadline is March 30, 2011.

 

Nominate Today!

Educational Alliance Roundtable
January  25-26

Educational Alliance for Sustainable Florida logoNext week, Sustainable Florida - Collins Center and the University of Florida Office of Sustainability will co-host an roundtable of university and college leaders from public and private institutions engaged in sustainability efforts.  We have a few slots remaining as this is intended to be a small working group. More than 25 people representing more than 18 institutions have registered to attend the event in Gainesville at the UF Emerson Alumni Hall. Participants will engage in a day-and-a-half of networking, sharing best practices and learning strategies for moving our sustainability efforts forward. Discussion topics include:

  • Sustainability in food service
  • Measuring success/Communicating lessons learned
  • Co-curricular opportunities
  • Climate change strategies
  • Structure and management of sustainability programs
  • Waste reduction strategies

If you are interested in attending this gathering, please let us know.

 

Higher Education Leaders Can Register Today

Our Florida. Our Future.
Steve Seibert Leads the Conversation for Our Future
 
 

Nautilus LogoAt the 2010 Sustainable Florida Conference presented by Florida Power and Light  held in November, Steve Seibert, Senior Vice President of Strategic Visioning for Collins Center, introduced the Collins Center's Nautilus Initiative which is designed to create a more informed citizenry in order to create a more sustainable Florida within a generation. It is our hope to advance a more deliberative democracy through a statewide scenario planning process. You can check out Steve's speech online. There will be more in the coming months about this initiative and the role you can play. But for now, be prepared for a chance to help create Our Florida. Our Future. 

A Look Around the State
Many Are Working to Create a Sustainable Florida
A lot is happening across our great state and nation. Hopefully, this quick overview will alert you to some of the bigger issues of the day. Let us know what's important to you. 
  • It's not climate change...It's the global energy conversation. The Wall Street Journal had a great section on the need to change the conversation toward solutions. Messaging is key.
  • How government can create a market? Though it starts off a little jaded, the call for government purchasing power to stimulate the green economy is compelling. Read the article.
  • 'Green' consulting firms in demand? Many continue to transition to the new economy. It helps when you have someone to work with. There is opportunity! Read more.
  • USGBC Greenbuild was amazing. I had the fortune of attending the USGBC's Greenbuild in Chicago last fall. It was amazing to hear Paul Hawken discuss our future in the closing session. It was also impressive to consider this - the USGBC is the world's largest environmental non-profit and the only business group continually raising its standards. Check out the keynote videos and consider attending this October in Toronto.
  • AASHE is now annual! The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education begins holding its conference annually this year in Pittsburgh. There are no regional gatherings or state chapters of AASHE which is why you should come to the EASF Roundtable!

Events


And be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming in-state events. Lots more are listed on our website. You can post your event by completing the form.
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Red Royal PalmSustainable Florida - Collins Center relies upon the support of private contributions from individual and corporate partners and grants from foundations. An investment in Sustainable Florida is an investment in the future of Florida.

 
All friends, partners and sponsors get a discount on Sustainable Florida events like the annual conference. And we make sure people know you are a supporter with a sticker, name tag ribbon and signage at events. And our Royal Palm-level donors get a framed print of the Royal Palm series of original art work from Tallahassee-based artist William Lamb.

 

As is it is with recycling, every little bit moves us toward our goal. Please consider a generous tax-deductible gift today.

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Sustainable Florida - Collins Center
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