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Issue 79
 August 2012


We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards. The nominees were incredible this year and the competition was tough. Meet the finalists below and make plans to join in September.
We hosted a great webinar for the Florida Green School Network. More than 40 participated in the online conference that highlighted best practices in facility management, healthy and nutrition and STEM curriculum.
The Florida Green School Network is sponsored by a generous grant from FPL.  More than 80 nominations are being judged. Finalists will be announced at the beginning of the new school year.

There are several events coming over the next few months. We encourage you to check them out and learn more.


All the best,

Tim sig 
Tim Center, Esq.
Executive Director


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Congratulations Finalists!
CSF Best Practice Award 
Join Us to Toast the Best!


The 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards saw nearly 90 nominations reviewed and scored by a great panel of judges. (And we love our judges! Thank you!)


The competition was tough and we are proud to announce the finalists in the seven divisions.


Please plan to join us for the special awards dinner held during the Green Trends Conference. The event will be Thursday, September 13th at 7 PM. Make your dinner reservation online.


2012 Finalists


Large Business
  • Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility
  • Rosen Hotels & Resorts
  • Saddle Creek Transportation, A subsidiary of Saddle Creek Corporation

Small Business

  • Bee Authentic
  • Bing Energy
  • First Green Bank


  • City of Boynton Beach and The Boynton Beach CRA
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Water Wise Tallahassee - City of Tallahassee


  • Resource Depot
  • The Venice Golf and Country Club

Green Building

     Presented by Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.

  • First Green Bank
  • Josh Wynne Construction
  • Schmid Construction 


  • Hillsborough County & Covanta Hillsborough
  • Leon County Leon County-UF Extension
  • Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility


  • Herbert Williams
  • Jackie Pons
  • Santa Fe College
What's Happening Around the State
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There is always something happening in Florida. Lots of organizations are hosting their annual conferences. Local governments are working to be more efficient and effective given limited resources. Here's just a sampling.
  • Always a great business networking and highly productive event for women business owners is Go For the Greens in Orlando from September 13-15. Be sure to join them for the special sustainability panel Friday. 
  • Don't miss the USGBC South Florida celebration Gala Verde on September 15 in Ft. Lauderdale. A great evening honoring the best in green building. 
  • A special event in October will be the Sustainable & Authentic Florida Conference in Bradenton on Anna Maria Island. Great speakers and program planned.
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