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April 2011
Greetings!  
  
We received more than 80 outstanding nominations for the 2011 Best Practice Awards. The judges will soon begin their work to pick the best examples of those who are doing well by doing good. Thanks to everyone who nominated and share the opportunity to nominate with colleagues. The awards dinner will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011, at the Florida Green Building Coalition's annual Green Trends Conference. Make reservations now.
  
Lots of excitement in Washington, D.C., with the threat of shutting down the federal government prompting a deal to cut $38.5 billion from the federal budget. With an incredible debt load, Congress must next determine whether to lift the debt ceiling. While there is a lot being said from both sides of the aisle, no one is happy with the situation. And the Florida Legislature is moving through a similar exercise to balance our state budget.
  
A little more than a year ago, my wife and I attended a financial planning workshop at our church. Our goal: eliminate debt and live debt free. In other words, live the way our parents and grandparents encouraged - within our means. It was hard. It took sacrifice. It took a plan. And we have succeeded (but for our mortgage).
  
I don't think a workshop will help either Congress or the Florida Legislature. But one thing would help - giving them permission to make tough decisions today that will lead to longer-term gain for future generations. This requires us to discuss - in an adult like manner - amongst ourselves what we want for the future and empower the policy makers accordingly.
  
The Collins Center's Our Florida. Our Future. initiative will help facilitate exactly this sort of discussion about the budget, our economy, our quality of life and much more.  Hopefully, we can arrive at a mutually desired outcome. This is hard work and will require community conversations that focus on future trends. I encourage you to join us. 
  
Sustainability is a paradigm that requires a change in how we analyze problems to prompt a change from business as usual. But sustainability efforts alone won't create the future we want. Our Florida. Our Future. will be informed by the work we have been doing for nearly 20 years. We hope that you will continue to support our work as we move in this direction.
  
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Tim Center
Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives
Collins Center
 
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Meet the Best Practice Nominees
Awards Luncheon in June

The nomination deadline was last week and they came in fast and furious. Our servers were burning up. And now the judges get to review, score and recommend the best of the best. We will present the finalists in early May and present the awards on June 3, 2011. Let's meet the nominees...

 

2011 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award Nominees Announced!

Government 

  • Academy of Environmental Studies - Water Resources Technology (AESWRT) Program (Partnership engaging Palm Bay Utilities Department & Heritage High School)
  • CEL - Connect. Educate. Lead.
  • City of Lake Worth
  • Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home
  • Darren E. Fancher, P.E.
  • Duval County Schools Green Champions
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council's 2060 Plan
  • Florida Department of Financial Services
  • Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Get There Green - City of Tallahassee
  • Indian River County Public Works Stormwater Division's Egret Marsh Regional Stormwater Park
  • Leon County and Leon County Extension
  • Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department Water Use Efficiency Program
  • Palm Bay Utilities Department
  • Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
  • Sarasota County and Partner Municipalities: Cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port
  • Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • St. Augustine - St. Johns County Airport Authority: Northeast Florida Regional Airport at St. Augustine Sustainability Management Plan
  • StarMetro - City of Tallahassee
  • Susan Reiter/St. Petersburg College

 

Green Building 

  • Anna Maria Historic Green Village
  • CEL - Connect. Educate. Lead.
  • Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home
  • Dr. Charles J. Kibert
  • Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ft. Myers Affordable Green Building Initiative
  • Carlson Studio Architecture: New Facility for the Cancer Support Community
  • On Top of the World Communities
  • Stanley Russell
  • State College of Florida Medical Technology & Simulation Center - Lakewood Ranch
  • Steve Sadler and Michaela Miller
  • Susan Reiter/St. Petersburg College
  • WaterOptimizer Inc.

 

Large Business 

  • Buckeye Technologies
  • CHEP Equipment Pooling Systems
  • ClosetMaid, an Emerson Company
  • Dirt Pros
  • Jacobs
  • Massey Services
  • Reynolds, Smith and Hills, Inc.
  • Rosen Hotels & Resorts
  • Southern Waste Systems/Sun Recycling
  • Sunshine Restaurant Corp
  • Universal Orlando

 

Leadership 

  • Allison Samowitz and Jillian Samowitz
  • Clean the World, Inc.
  • Darren E. Fancher, P.E.
  • Dr. Charles J. Kibert
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Indian River County Public Works Stormwater Division's Egret Marsh Regional Stormwater Park
  • LocalShops1.com
  • Michael Madfis
  • Palm Bay Utilities Department
  • Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority
  • Ray L. Hobbs, CHA & LEED GA
  • Russell Ringland
  • St. Augustine - St. Johns County Airport Authority: Northeast Florida Regional Airport at St. Augustine Sustainability Management Plan

 

Non-Profit 

  • 1000 Friends of Florida
  • Allison Samowitz and Jillian Samowitz
  • Baptist Health South Florida
  • Clean the World, Inc.
  • Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home
  • Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College
  • eco-Volunteer USATM Program
  • Legacy Institute for Nature & Culture (LINC) - Florida Forever Program
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, Inc. (NAMI Florida)
  • The Mustard Seed of Central Florida

 Partnership

  • Academy of Environmental Studies - Water Resources Technology (AESWRT) Program (Partnership engaging Palm Bay Utilities Department & Heritage High School)
  • Bausch and Lomb
  • CEL - Connect. Educate. Lead.
  • City of Sarasota and Jack Graham, Inc. (dba Marina Jack)
  • Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Get There Green - City of Tallahassee
  • Leon County and Leon County Extension
  • Miami Corporation, Volusia County, and Brevard County
  • Palm Beach County and Florida Power & Light Company
  • Sarasota County's Phillippi Farmhouse Market
  • St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners
  • The Kiwanis Club of Seminole Partnership with Seminole Vocational Education Center

 

Small Business 

  • LocalShops1.com
  • Michael Madfis
  • TEAM BG - BG Dealer Services "Go Green Programs"

 

Look for more information soon for tickets!

Educational Alliance Roundtable
Campus Leaders are Creating a Sustainable Path!

Educational Alliance for Sustainable Florida logoSt. Thomas University just kicked off their Earth Week activities. They hosted a roundtable with representatives from the Miami-Dade College, Broward College, and University of Miami with students and interested stakeholders. Clearly, there is a lot happening on campuses in South Florida.

 

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 ild nstitutions. 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.

 

Join the Educational Alliance Today! 

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. 
  • Food Prices Rise and Farmers Respond - With low reserves, farmers are planting more corn, wheat and cotton (I don't think we eat this) - the most since World War II. Check out the Wall Street Journal article.
  • More of us work for government. Scary Trend? Senior Economics writer Stephen Moore posits that we have become a nation of takers, not makers. Check out his analysis.
  • Lawyers Help Clients Go Green - Every business looks to expand their market and offer solutions to the marketplace. Even your lawyer can help. Here's a great analysis of green development from a legal standpoint. 
  • Do we have the energy for renewable power? - The Florida Legislature is working on renewable energy policy. But renewables still face big hurdles. Subsidies seem to help.

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.
Become a Sustainable Florida - Collins Center Partner
Your Support Means the State to Us!

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. 

Thank you to Darden for becoming the newest Royal Palm Partner! The Darden restaurants include Seasons 52, Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse. Food security, supply chain, energy and water are big focal points for this Orlando-based Fortune 250 company. We are honored by their support.

 
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
Sustainable Florida - Collins Center
850/219.0082 x 1411
tcenter@collinscenter.org
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