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August Special 2012
For more than 15 years, Sustainable Florida has honored more than 150 individuals and organizations who are leading by example. Our awards recognize those efforts that can be repeated. But we created the Sustainable Florida Legacy Award for those who are one of kind. Meet this year's Legacy Award winner below.
We look forward to a great Best Practice Awards dinner
September 13 in Palm Beach Gardens. This year's program is presented by Covanta Energy
- the world's largest provider of energy from waste. We hope that you will join us to meet the nominees and finalists!
Below you can meet all the finalists - including those in the Leadership, Partnership and Green Building divisions.
Here you will meet, learn about and be inspired by those who are the best in seven divisions. Learn about some of the finalists below. You really should join us for great people, food, drink and Florida's future.
There are several events coming over the next couple months. We encourage you to check them out and learn more.
All the best,
Tim Center, Esq.
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|Archbold Leaves a Legacy|
Expeditions & Research - One of a Kind!
One of the major criteria used when judging the Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award nominations is the ability to replicate the project. Clearly, every nominee and finalist (meet them below) is leading by example - and others can follow their lead. But sometimes we come across an individual who or organization that stands out more than any other. One that is not only committed to creating a more sustainable Florida - but has made an incredible impact in our state and beyond. It is why we created the Sustainable Florida Legacy Award.
Today we announce that the 2012 Sustainable Florida Legacy Award winner is Archbold Expeditions.
Archbold Expeditions were founded in 1941 by Richard Archbold, biological explorer devoted his life to biological exploration. Since his death in 1976, Archbold Expeditions has carried on his legacy by supporting visiting students and scientists from around the world in nurturing research, conservation, and education. Archbold Biological Station, the primary division, protects a 5,193-acre globally significant Florida scrub preserve located on the southern end of the Lake Wales Ridge, an ancient sandy ecosystem of south-central Florida.
Archbold Expeditions will join other Legacy winners including Clyde Butcher, Harris Rosen and the Babcock Ranch team of public and private organizations.
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.
- Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility - the most advanced aerated composting technology to process food residuals in South Florida opened in November 2011 as a result of a forward-thinking, successful partnership between Waste Management, Publix, Florida Power & Light and Garick.
- Rosen Hotels & Resorts - The company sets an example with programs such as helping to launch Green Destination Orlando, recycling used cooking oil to power its golf maintenance carts, lauding and encouraging green practices among employees with an award for green efforts and encouraging their guests including meeting planners to easily incorporate green into their meetings.
- Saddle Creek Transportation, A subsidiary of Saddle Creek Corporation - for its multi-million dollar investment in specially designed trucks that run exclusively on compressed natural gas (CNG) and CNG fueling station at its headquarters in Lakeland.
- Bee Authentic - a fundraising company that offers products like - beeswax candles, and other products that are sustainable, have minimal environmental impact, support the American worker, and we are helping schools achieve record results over other fundraising companies.
- Bing Energy- a Tallahassee-based startup with plans to revolutionize the production of power by creating a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells that are less expensive, smaller, lighter and more durable than anything available today.
- First Green Bank - one of the first banks in the country to have an environmental and social mission.
- City of Boynton Beach and The Boynton Beach CRA - for its Climate Action Plan which incorporates the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), and the Community Redevelopment Agency using Tax Increment Financing partnered to provide incentives to enable a 456 residential unit development, Seabourn Cove, to overcome the costs associated with bringing the development up to a Gold Rating of the American National Standard Institute approved ICC 700-2008 National Green Building Standard.
- Orange County Convention Center - for a Sustainability-focused Best Management Practice coordinating post-event donations to local organizations, reducing its waste stream and giving back to the community by facilitating the donation of reusable goods.
- Water Wise Tallahassee - City of Tallahassee - for inclusive programs that address personal responsibility for the quality and quantity of surface water resources, as well as expansive programs that focus on the protection of water resources at every level and cross City departmental boundaries, including Electric (production), Engineering, Wastewater, Fleet and the City operated Golf Courses.
- IDEAS - Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions (IDEAS) is a youth-lead social enterprise for sustainability growing across educational institutions and communities around the World.
- Resource Depot - for collecting and distributing safe, reusable materials to benefit educational and artistic programs for creative learning experiences while preserving the environment.
- The Venice Golf and Country Club - With thoughtful and innovative decision making the 587 member-owned club partners with government, environmental organizations and professional organizations.
Presented by Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.
- First Green Bank - one of the first banks in the country to have an environmental and social mission to experience enduring success with business leadership contributions to our environment and culture
- Josh Wynne Construction - builder of the first LEED Platinum home in Florida, his Power Haus project is currently recognized as one of the most energy efficient homes in the country.
- Schmid Construction - encourages the highest standards in green building design and built the first LEED Platinum bank and auto dealership in Florida.
Hillsborough County & Covanta Hillsborough
A public-private partnership that repowers the county's wastewater treatment facility and water treatment plant with energy from the county-owned resource recovery facility operated by Covanta Energy.
Leon County Leon County-UF Extension - for transforming the Extension building and grounds into a state-of-the-art Sustainable Demonstration Center, where cutting-edge energy and water technologies are being combined with creative educational outreach efforts to inform and inspire the community at large in pursuit of sustainability.
- Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility - the first dedicated, comprehensive organics composting site in South Florida is the result of a forward-thinking, successful partnership between Waste Management, Publix, Florida Power & Light and Garick
- Herbert Williams - an inventor and world leader in sustainable energy, Mr. Williams has designed and built ocean current and wind driven turbines capable of generating electricity economically and efficiently now in commercial use, generating power in Europe.
- Jackie Pons - Leon County's superintendent of schools launched a series of important conservation/sustainability projects including a groundbreaking public-private partnership converting school busses to compressed natural gas (CNG).
- Santa Fe College - for taking innovative approaches to energy conservation and developing partnerships to provide renewable energy initiatives that reduced electrical consumption by more than 20% in the last ten years while adding nearly 20% in new facilities.
|What's Happening Around the State|
Share Your Good Works
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.
- Be sure to get to the panhandle September 23-25 for the Gulf Power Economic Symposium to hear from some great presenters committed to the state's future.
- A special event in October will be the Sustainable & Authentic Florida Conference in Bradenton on Anna Maria Island. Great speakers and program planned.
|Will Florida Forever Survive?|
When is Forever over?
Florida has the richest history in the nation in protecting critical lands and waters with its series of land preservation programs. Florida Forever is the most recent.
But state budgets have shrunk making it more difficult to find funds to purchase conservation lands - even when property values have been at their lowest price in years.
The Florida environmental community began a petition drive to seek a constitutional amendment to allocate a third of documentary tax stamp revenue on real estate transactions for Florida Forever.