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June 2011 - Special Announcement
Greetings! 
  

If you are unable to join us at the 2011 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards presentation in Daytona Beach, I would like to invite you to watch the program online. 

 

To view the live stream video of the awards program, visit www.SustainableFlorida.org  
 
 

The June 2nd program will begin with dinner at 7:00pm. The awards presentations will begin at approximately 7:25.

 

As always, thank you for all the effort that you make to help create a sustainable Florida.
  
All the best -
Tim's signature 
Tim Center, Esq.
Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives
Collins Center for Public Policy
  
  
Meet the Best Practice Finalists
Awards Dinner Tonight!

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. We hope to see you there as we honor this year's nominees, finalists and winners.

 

2011 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award Finalists

Government 

  • Darren E. Fancher, P.E. - Helping to transform state policy at the Department of Management Services to help reduce energy consumption and energy costs in state-owned buildings.
  • Get There Green - City of Tallahassee - A holistic multi-modal transportation program that reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the capital city.
  • Leon County and Leon County Extension - Establishing a Green Demonstration Center to teach about water conservation, renewable energy and more in a living lab open to the public.

 

Green Building 

  • Carlson Studio Architecture: New Facility for the Cancer Support Community - Using 27% less energy and 82% less water, the 11,000 sq. ft. environmentally healthy building serves those with a compromised immune system.
  • On Top of the World Communities - The Ocala-based development sold more than 975 Energy Star-rated homes, irrigates golf courses with reclaimed water and promotes a model solar home that produces 96% of the energy needed.
  • Steve Sadler and Michaela Miller - a 2009 Finalist when it was in the planning stages, the new home is one of the most energy- and water-efficient in the state and has become a tour stop for environmental tour groups and building professionals. 

 

Large Business 

  • ClosetMaid, an Emerson Company - Located in Ocala, the company has reduced well-water consumption by 12%, eliminated harsh chemicals in manufacturing and recycles its waste water.
  • Rosen Hotels & Resorts - a 2009 Finalist and 2010 Legacy Award winner (Harris Rosen), this independently-owned hotel chain has been a leader since 2006 in energy efficiency, water conservation, cooking oil reuse, waste recycling and more.
  • Universal Orlando - With its "Green is Universal" campaign, the company has retooled its operations to focus on water, energy, waste, horticulture and fuels.

 

Leadership 

  • Clean the World, Inc. - The Orlando-based non-profit diverts from landfills gently used bar soap and toiletries from hotels and resorts and through hygienically safe recycling distributes to more than 40 countries to prevent disease.
  • Michael Madfis - An architect turned urban farmer, Michael helps establish organic community gardens in southeast Florida.
  • Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority - In pursuit of an environmentally sustainable water supply, the Authority engaged four counties to create a 6-billion gallon off-stream reservoir. 

 

Non-Profit 

  • Allison Samowitz and Jillian Samowitz - The teen-aged twin sisters created 'Proseed2Green' to encourage sustainable living in Golden Beach in South Florida.
  • Baptist Health South Florida - The largest non-for-profit health care system and private-sector employer in South Florida opened a LEED-certified acute-care hospital.
  • The Mustard Seed of Central Florida - Created a mattress recycling program that creates jobs for ex-offenders and reduces landfill waste.

 

 Partnership

  • Leon County and Leon County Extension - Establishing a Green Demonstration Center to teach about water conservation, renewable energy and more in a living lab open to the public.
  • Miami Corporation, Volusia County, and Brevard County - Through regional visioning and cooperation from government, this 59,000 acre tract preserves 80% of the land in a large-scale private development.
  • Palm Beach County and Florida Power & Light Company - One of the state's largest single use of reclaimed water in Palm Beach County goes to help FPL operate three highly-efficient natural gas-fired generators.

 

Small Business 

  • LocalShops1.com - A grassroots effort in Tampa Bay to promote shopping local, independent businesses.
  • Michael Madfis - An architect turned urban farmer, Michael helps establish organic community gardens in southeast Florida.
  • TEAM BG - BG Dealer Services "Go Green Programs" - A Tallahassee distributor of engine fluids that help clean emissions, reduce oil consumption and shrink the carbon footprint of vehicles and fleets. 

 

2011 Judges

 

For nothing but a thank you and a complimentary dinner at the awards program, we are eternally grateful to the 2011 Judges. We could not do it but for those who reviewed more than 90 nominations in seven categories.

 

Jeff Bartel

Managing Director

Hamptons Group, LLC

 

Dena Calivas

Realtor, Certified EcoBroker

Jacksonville

 

Don Davis

President, Capital City Bank - Gainesville

 

Roberta Fernandez

Director of Business Development, USA

AtKisson Group

 

Michael Hewett

Manager, Environmental Services

Publix Super Markets

 

Milissa Holland

Flagler County Commissioner

 

Lewis Johnson

Director, Environmental Health & Safety

Florida Gulf Coast University

 

Joe Kilsheimer

President

Joe Kilsheimer Consulting, Inc.

 

Gregory Mason

Director of Sustainability

Broward College

 

Jennifer McAlister

Project Manager LEED AP

NDC Construction Company

 

Scott Gregory Minos

Senior Policy & Communications Specialist

U.S. Department of Energy

 

Devesh Nirmul

Director of Energy and Sustainability
Solutions

FirstService Residential Management

 

Judy Sanchez

Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

United States Sugar Corporation

 

Estrella Sibila, Esq.

Environmental and Land Use Counsel

Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole &
Boniske, P.L.

 

Stephanie Sims

Office of Sustainability

University of Florida

 

Robert "Ron" Solomon

Director of Public Services

White Mountain, LLC

 

Jennifer Szaro

Renewable Energy Project Engineer

Orlando Utilities Commission

 

David Tillis

Senior Project Manager, Planning

Stantec

 

Bradley Touchstone, AIA

Founder and Principal Architect

Touchstone Architecture

Tim Center, Esq. - Director
Sustainable Florida - Collins Center
850/219.0082 x 1411
tcenter@collinscenter.org
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