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April 2011 - Earth Day Edition
Greetings! 
  
Friday is Earth Day - an international celebration to inspire awareness and appreciation of our natural environment. It was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson and became an international event in 1990. Communities, organizations and companies take this time to showcase their efforts that help to ensure a clean healthy ecosystem.
  
In 2010, Proctor & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald said "It does us no good to grow today at the expense of tomorrow." McDonald is the executive sponsor of the company's sustainability initiative. They have reduced their carbon emissions by 53% per unit manufactured since 2002. Their goals and efforts produce long-term value. More amazing is that they have not built a marketing campaign around their efforts (think GE and the ecomagination campaign).
  
Sustainable Florida has worked for many years to foster an appreciation that environmentalism and economic prosperity are mutually beneficial. Your support for our efforts spans more than a single day each year. This is an ongoing process. We all have a vested interest.
  
On a somewhat related note, yesterday was the last day to file federal income taxes. We are reminded - some more greatly than others - that each of us is making a shared investment in the same goal - much like Earth Day.
  
Sustainable Florida has hosted events where we did not charge a fee. People register but not everyone attends. For other events, we charged a nominal fee. Registration rates were the same yet almost everyone attends. It became clear to us that if you are invested in the outcome, you want a return on that investment. Or as some woud say, "You had skin in the game."
  
This week, while you see all the ads touting Earth Day efforts, think about how you can contribute your fair share. Become invested. And, should you need a nice gift for Earth Day, consider a tax-deductible donation to the Sustainable Florida-Collins Center initiative in the name of a friend. We'd be glad to deliver the return on your investment.
  
All the best -
Tim's signature 
Tim Center, Esq.
Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives
Collins Center for Public Policy
  
  
Meet the Best Practice Nominees
Awards Dinner in June

The Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards dinner will be held at 7 PM on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at the Plaza Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach. The dinner will follow a reception in conjunction with the Florida Green Building Coalition's annual Green Trends Conference. Registration is now open - dinner and a show for $45 (nominees get a free ticket). We hope to see you there as we honor this year's nominees, finalists and winners.

 

2011 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award Nominees

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"

 

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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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