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Issue 88
 April 2013



Earth Day came and went. The good folks with Comcast Universal remind us to go green with their logo on the screen of NBC programming. Various groups and individuals promoted the opportunity to be more aware of the importance of the environment in today's economy. I think my favorite Facebook post was a meme that stated: "If the environment was a bank, we'd have saved it already." It makes a good bumper sticker.


Sustainable Florida received more than 50 nominations for the 2013 Best Practice Awards. Nominations are being prepared for judging. Finalists should be announced in late May.


One announcement made yesterday came from the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon program which named Florida's newest recipients. 


The Florida Green School Network Awards program is now accepting nominations through the end of the school year from students, teachers, schools and districts. Now in its 5th year, the program has documented more than $65 million in annual savings.


On a personal note, I am only a few days away from my annual father-daughter trip to explore Florida for a weekend. What's your favorite Florida treasure? Let us know on our Facebook page. Perhaps we can discover some new jewels together.


Thanks for helping spread the word and supporting Sustainable Florida!


All the best,

Tim sig 
Tim Center, Esq.
Executive Director


P.S. Be sure to join us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on the latest sustainability news in Florida and beyond.
Best Practices Nominees Are Incredible
CSF Best Practice Award 
Doing Well by Doing Good!


The 2013 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards received more than 50 nominations from across the state. These are best examples of sustainable development and practices in Florida. Judges will review and score each nominee. Finalists will be named in May.

Small Business

  • Great Green Editing
  • The Spinnaker Group Inc.
  • SolarOrganite LLC

Large Business

  • Waste Management Inc. of Florida
  • Jim Schell
  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • The Peabody Orlando
  • Titan America LLC
  • Earth Friendly Products
  • Florida Power & Light Company Corporate Recycling and Services


  • Lee County Port Authority
  • Sarasota County, Cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port
  • Urban Paradise Guild
  • The Lake Worth Consortium
  • Lee County Port Authority
  • City of Stuart
  • Utility Capital Improvements Project (UCAP) Program
  • Sustainable Zephyrhills
  • Mayor Frank Ortis
  • Florida Public Safety Institute
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Sharon Cutler
  • City of Palm Bay Utilities Department
  • Gainesville Clean Water Partnership
  • Tampa International Airport


  • Dr.Bienvenu
  • Metropolitan Environmental Training Alliance
  • Green Schools Challenge
  • Resource Depot
  • Manatee Chamber of Commerce - Green Business Initiative
  • Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church
  • Florida Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects book "Visions of Smart Growth and Sustainability"
  • Jim Schell
  • Urban Paradise Guild


  • Tom Roehlk
  • Partnership between the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Forestry Association
  • Envision Alachua
  • Florida Green School Network
  • Sarasota County, Cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port
  • The Lake Worth Consortium
  • Gainesville Clean Water Partnership
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Dr.Bienvenu
  • Manatee Chamber of Commerce - Green Business Initiative
  • Urban Paradise Guild
  • Hillsborough County & Covanta Hillsborough


  • Steven C. Bassett, PE
  • SolarOrganite LLC
  • The Peabody Orlando
  • Jim Schell
  • Dr.Bienvenu
We can learn much from each other. Hope you will be able to join us in July to present the Best Practice Awards.

Green Ribbon Schools (and Districts)
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Florida Continues to Lead the Nation

Sixty-four schools were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. In addition, 14 districts were honored for the first-ever District Sustainability Award.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the second annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees with Nancy Sutley, Chair of White House Council on Environmental Quality, and Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Bob Persiacepe.
Congratulations to the three Florida winners!
  • Driftwood Middle School, Hollywood, FL
  • St. Paul Lutheran School, Lakeland, FL
  • School District of Palm Beach County

 Learn More About the US Program

What's Happening Around the State
Share Your Good Works


We engage 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 Future Corridors initiative is a statewide effort led by the Florida Department of Transportation to plan for the future of major transportation corridors critical to the state's economic competitiveness and quality of life over the next 50 years. A Webinar has been scheduled to provide a status report on the initiative and inform participants on how they can get involved in this effort to envision the future of Florida. It will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT. Register.  
  • Don't miss the 27th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer Course on Marco Island. This conference is probably the most comprehensive look at policies addressing land use, water, climate and more. July 17-19.
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