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2011 Sustainable YOU Conference!

October 24-25

Tallahassee, Florida
Turnbull Conference Center at Florida State University

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Today more than 300 registrered guests and speakers gather for the the Sustainable YOU! Conference in Tallahassee. The conference - hosted by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County and Sustainable Florida, October 24-25 - promises to be a great event. 


And you can join us online for the keynote presentations. Simply click the link at 8:30 am and 12:15 pm (Monday and Tuesday). Keep us running in the background and listen to Mayor Bob Dixson, Majora Carter, Joe Tankersley and the Sustainable Communities Panel. Meet the keynotes below.


Tuesday afternoon (October 25), join us for a special workshop Learn How to Keep Your Home Safe from Storms. This free workshop is presented by the Florida Green Building Coalition, the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT).


In this 1-hour free seminar, you can learn "do-it-yourself," cost-effective techniques to protect your property from wind and hurricane damage. You'll also find out about potential insurance premium savings available for implementing DIY wind mitigation measures within your home. Experts will explain:

  • Gable-End Bracing Techniques
  • Properly Securing Soffits
  • Selecting Roof Coverings
  • Minimizing Wind-borne Debris and Water Damage
  • Strengthening Roof Sheathing and Decking
  • Hurricane Clips and Straps
  • Protecting Openings-Exterior doors, garage doors, and windows
  • Storm Preparation and Landscaping Tips to Mitigate Damage
  • Installing Temporary Emergency Shutters

This workshop is open to all Sustainable Florida conference attendees and the general public. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. on October 25 in Room 214 of the Florida State Conference Center (formerly Turnbull Conference Center), 555 W. Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32306


And don't forget that the Florida Green School Awards program is set for November 10 in West Palm Beach. Meet the finalists below and sign up for the awards dinner.


Thanks for helping to create a Sustainable Florida!


Cynthia Barber

City of Tallahassee

Maggie Theriot

Leon County

Tim Center

Sustainable Florida


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6th Annual Sustainable Florida Conference

This year's conference will feature some great speakers who are leading by example and moving their communities toward a more sustainable future!


Keynote Speakers

We'll kick it off with Mayor Bob Dixson who is leading a rebuilding effort in Greensburg, Kansas, after a destructive tornado tore up the town in May  2007. Sustainable building, renewable energy and "green" technologies are the cornerstones of the recovery of Greensburg.


Described as an Eco-Entrepreneur, Majora Carter will keynote the opening day luncheon with her "Home(town) Security" presentation. A 2011 TED Prize winner and one of Fast Company's Top 100 Creative People in Business, Majora hosts the Peabody Award winning public-radio series: The Promised Land. She has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 when few were talking about "sustainability"; and even fewer, in places like The South Bronx.


It is always important to have a good story and Joe Tankersley is a master at helping to write one that attracts attention, secures emotional connection and compels action. Joseph Tankersley is a storyteller, futurist and creator of immersive experiences. For over 25 years he has helped organizations create compelling messages about their goals and visions for the future. He has worked with national and international corporations, NGO's and governments. Joe employs a wide range of media tools; from oral storytelling to feature films and fully immersive physical environments to help communicate these messages of better tomorrows.


We have a great closing plenary panel with regional and state leaders who are busy trying to design and implement sustainable community plans. Moderated by Cambridge Systematics' John Kaliski, Pat Steed, Jim Murley and Kathy Neill will explore the sustainable communities planning efforts being undertaken by two distinct regions in Florida - South East Coast of Florida stretching from Indian River County to Monroe and the Heartland in the Central Florida Regional Partnership region. Along with a look at the Department of Transportation's Horizon 2060 long-range strategic plan for Florida.

Keynote Panel


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Florida Green School Awards

Presented by FPL 


Florida Green Schools Awards logoMark your calendars and get to West Palm Beach for the 2011 Florida Green School Awards dinner presented by FPL. Be prepared to be wowed by the exciting efforts taking place in the K-12 world in this great state. The awards dinner is on the eve of the Learn Green Conference where educators will learn best practices in operations and curricula.


You can register for the dinner at Florida's Foundation.


We will also induct the first FPL Sustainable Legacy Award winner - Pine Jog Elementary in West Palm Beach! Pine Jog Elementary, a previous Green School Award-winning finalist, created a school recycling program titled Growing Up Green. The program was also involved with Terracycle and earned the school a $450 rebate for turning in juice pouches, candy wrappers and zip lock bags. Pine Jog collected old shoes for Shoes for The Cure and 87 pounds of pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House. They reused trash and plastic bottles to make planters and musical instruments. This year alone, the school saved 482,000 gallons of water and reduced waste by 2,180 cubic yards.


2011 Florida Green School Award Finalists


Student Finalists

  • Celeste Norup teaches at Bessey Creek Elementary School in Jensen Beach and is involved with the students in the school's Green Club. Their recycling initiatives have reduced trash consumption at the school by one-third and motivated the families of students and staff to recycle at home.
  • Madeline Cowen and Larissa Weinstein made an impact as co-presidents in Gables Earth Environmental Club under the guidance of their teacher, Jenny Lopez-Ponce of Coral Gables Senior High School. They helped create a mural behind the school's new butterfly garden, were involved in the expansion of the school's recycling program, and have both been featured in a film titled "Young Voices on Climate Change."
  • Monica Dyches is a student leader in reducing the carbon footprint at Miami Palmetto Senior High School. She participated in the planting of native trees and the removal of non-native species in the school's half-acre area of pine flat woods and assisted in raising money to help Haiti plant trees to lower their own carbon footprint.

Class Finalists

  • Deb Wagner is a 4th grade teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School who, along with her students, has been working to lessen the school's environmental footprint with students planting 80 trees to help prevent soil erosion and restore habitat that was destroyed by a road project.
  • Peter Jordan is a returning finalist and teacher at Ocoee High School who guided the student-led project, Ocoee Green, which encourages student leadership and environmental stewardship in the community. Their project focused on composting, organic vegetable farming, recycling, water catchment, hydroponics and vermiculture.
  • Ray Cruze is an agriculture teacher at Roosevelt Academy who implemented the program, Roosevelt Farms. This program teaches children with learning disabilities how to grow and maintain crops without using harmful chemicals, while also conserving water.

Teacher Finalists

  • Josh Clearman led his class in creating a green learning environment at Key West High School. With his guidance, his class produced power via a wind turbine, reduced carbon emissions, planted trees, saved more than 1,000 gallons of water, produced 100 gallons of biodiesel and recycled 1,000 gallons of oil.
  • Deborah Pate is in charge of the Suter Energy Savers of A.K. Suter Elementary School. She incorporated green learning activities into her daily lessons including alternative energy awareness, constructing a solar house, using a solar oven and creating a wind turbine.
  • Wendy Doromal of Timber Creek High School implemented a service learning theme at her school. She raised awareness of environmental issues by leading a school-wide recycling program, preserving habitats, protecting endangered species, and conserving energy and water.

School Finalists

  • Learning Gate Community School lives by the motto "Nature Is Our Best Teacher" and uses their achieved LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) Platinum certified building as a teaching tool.
  • Lawton Chiles Elementary School brought out the environmental stewardship in their students and staff members. This school's recycling efforts have diverted 2,500 pounds of material from entering the landfill each week.
  • David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Center saved $76,000 by reducing their energy waste. Students led projects supporting sustainable technology including a solar powered waterfall and a noise detection device with LED bulbs.  

District Finalists

  • Pinellas County used a district energy management plan to define a set of standards for school waste reduction. The plan emphasized practical training, reducing energy usage and enlarging recycling programs. Each school had green teams and campus litter patrols to implement the recycling programs.
  • Duval County started the Green Champions program, which consisted of reducing operating costs, eliminating waste, conserving natural resources, and incorporating sustainability into the curriculum.
  • Charlotte County's approach to energy conservation management used a simple program called "As Easy as One, Two, Three." Its objectives were to save cost, keep buildings safe from environmental harm and maintain an optimal education environment.

Get your tickets today - simply complete the online form. Dinner tickets are $45. You can get a reservation at the West Palm Beach Marriott where the dinner will take place. Finalists - who are being contacted individually - will receive two complimentary dinner tickets and one night's stay at the hotel.


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