Defining Excellence for Florida's Economic, Environmental and Social Future
Wow! That's what a lot of folks were saying when Governor Scott released his proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-12. A $65.9 billion dollar state budget. Eliminating 8,700 state jobs. And $7 billion in spending cuts and tax cuts. Is this the new normal?
In 2005-6, the state's general appropriation was about $65 billion. This was before the run-up to the real-estate bubble. This was before the bubble burst. Richard Florida calls it the 'The Great Reset
.' My friend and colleague, Tony Carvajal
calls it to the 'Do Over' budget. Without the bubble. Without the stimulus funds. This is where we would have been.
Local city and county governments were forced by the Florida Legislature to go through this exercise a couple years ago. And they have been working hard at ensuring more accountability for the services being delivered. It is not easy. Other states
are doing it, too. And, now the state must examine its core mission.
In many ways, Sustainable Florida - Collins Center has been a champion for rethinking business as usual. Successful organizations have been reworking their operations with an eye toward a triple bottom line - economically, environmentally, and socially. When looked at through a sustainability paradigm, the new normal can produce more economic opportunity, ensure a healthy environment and deliver a better quality of life.
It is not easy, but we can do it. What is your sustainability plan? What are your goals? How are you reporting them? Let us help. Let's create a more sustainable Florida today.
Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives
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|Nominate Best Practices Today!|
|Deadline is March - Awards Luncheon in June|
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.
ATTENTION - Please send this information to your colleagues and friends - Facebook, Twitter, newsletters, etc. - Help spread the word! Thanks!
|Educational Alliance Roundtable|
|Campus Leaders are Creating a Sustainable Path!|
A couple weeks ago at the University of Florida in Gainesville, more than 30 college and university leaders gathered to better understand how to integrate sustainability efforts into their campus operations from facilities to food service to student engagement to curricula.
These campus representatives are the core of the newly revised Educational Alliance for a Sustainable Florida. A new online community is being created to serve as a resource for all post-secondary institutions. Position descriptions, procurement policies, best practices and more will be posted by the community members. Let us know if you would like to be a part of this effort. Simply send me an email.
Read a recap of the luncheon keynote
|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.
- If you like food, thank a farmer! I have a bumper sticker on my office door - No Farmers. No Food. I love Florida agriculture and grateful for the support from the Florida Farm Bureau. But not a lot of folks understand how agriculture works - so play the game...The American Farm Bureau's Foundation has a cool online game (no it's not called Farmville) - check out MyAmericanFarm.org and get your 'Passport to Sustainability.'
- American Idle: 70 hrs a year. The Wall Street Journal had a great section on the amount of time, fuel and money lost to commuting to and from work. We can do better - sign a 'No Idle Pledge' or carpool or take public transit. But do something.
- Orange County has a great Green Leader! The Florida Green Building Coalition has a nice magazine and the last issue featured Lori Cunniff - Board member and Environmental Protection Manager for Orange County. Lori is great and though the article is not online, this interview is.
- Cold enough for you? So you might be thinking that the phrase 'global warming' doesn't square with the unseasonable cold temperatures and snowmageddon most of the country has endured. Well, check out the science and you will understand why this may be the new normal in weather.
- Congress Mail Bag. The post office continues to deliver the mail no matter the rain, sleet or snow. This letter to Congress from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences calls for urgent attention to an important matter.
- What's a Lumen? Just when we got used to those CFL light bulbs, it seems a bigger change is coming. No more watts for the bulbs, we are switching to lumens. Read more.
- Florida is pro-business. Governor Scott is working hard to retool the state and make it the number one place for business to do business. According to a recent study, Florida may already be that place.
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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Sustainable 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.
|Tim Center, Esq. - Director