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Issue 85
 March 2013



The Florida Legislature is in Session. It will be an exciting 60 days in Tallahassee with a lot of hope that our elected officials will take a long-term view toward the future of Florida. Term limits tend to keep members focused on the immediate crisis. With the current leadership, Florida has a chance to make serious steps toward long-term sustained economic opportunity, enhance social well-being while ensuring a healthy environment for residents and visitors.


The Sustainable Florida Board meets this week to talk about its long-term future for helping individuals, organizations and companies focus on sustainability principles and incorporate them into everyday business practices. Let us know if we can help you.


One way you can help us is by nominating someone for the Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards. Nominations are open for a few more weeks. Let us know what is happening in your region. Learn more below.


All the best,

Tim sig 
Tim Center, Esq.
Executive Director


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Nominate Best Practices Today!
CSF Best Practice Award 
Doing Well by Doing Good!


The 2013 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards will celebrate the best examples of sustainable development and practices in the state. Each year nominees become finalists and a winner is chosen in  seven divisions.
  • Small Business
  • Large Business
  • Government
  • Non-Profit
  • Partnership
  • Green Building, and
  • Leadership

The nomination process is simple. Just visit our website. You can nominate a client, a colleague or even yourself - it's alright we won't tell. But we will share the nominations with the world, policy makers and more. 

We can learn much from each other. So, tell us what's happening in your community or company. Each year the judges are amazed at the innovation and commitment to ensuring that the people, planet and profit model is successful.

The deadline to nominate is March 29th. Let us know if you have any questions via email.

What's Happening Around the State
Share Your Good Works


We are engaged with a lot of groups and proud to support their efforts. Whether it's the women business owners conference Go for the Greens or the USGBC South Florida's Gala Verde, there are a lot of folks who are working to promote sustainability. Let us know if we can help you.
  • The Power Up Energy Expo in Fort Walton brings together a diverse group for technical workshops and exhibitors. March 18-20.
  • Save the date for the Educational Alliance for a Sustainable Florida spring gathering of university and college sustainability administrative leaders March 22. Contact us for more information.
  • Earth Day at the Capitol - April 19 - 9 AM - 2 PM - Join Governor Scott and representatives from the Departments of Environmental Protection, Education and Health for a celebration with K-12 students from around the region.
  • Don't miss the 27th Annual Enivronmental Permitting Summer Course on Marco Island. This conference is probably the most comprehensive look at policy addressing land use, water, climate and more. July 17-19.
Our Board Just Keeps Getting Better
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Business Leaders Make It Happen


Our Board of Directors continues to impress with great organizations and even better people volunteering their time to help lead this organization.
We are pleased for formally welcome Brandton Tidwell from Darden Restaurants. Brandon is the Sustainability Manager for Darden, the world's largest full-service restaurant operating company with annual sales of over $8 billion.
Brandon joined Darden from FedEx where he served as Global Citizenship Program Advisor, leading the corporation's philanthropic strategy for the environment and education. He founded EarthSmart Outreach, a collection of urban ecosystem projects with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, led the FedExCup Fore!Ever program with The First Tee, and created the FedEx Transportation Fellows with EMBARQ. Brandon was also the editor of the company's third Global Citizenship Report, published in 2011.
Brandon is a key addition to the team. Ever want to serve on our Board? Government, non-profit, corporate, or small business. Just drop us a line. We are always looking for a few good sustainability leaders.
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