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10th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop

  • Gulfcoast FL Girl Scout Council Headquarters 4780 Cattlemen Road Sarasota, FL, 34233 United States (map)

The 10th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop will take place on Dec. 3, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register now! Don't miss this important milestone in our local effort to build a sustainable community. This workshop will bring our community together to reflect on 10 years of sustainability actions and discussions. 

The morning keynote speaker will be Kaid Benfield, senior counsel for environmental strategies at PlaceMakers LLC based in Washington DC. Kaid is a nationally acclaimed author, planner, longtime leader of the smart growth movement, and co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development program. 

The afternoon keynote speaker will be Jon Thaxton, the Director of Community Investment at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and former Sarasota County Commissioner. Jon is an acknowledged leader in growth management, environmental preservation, water conservation, and transportation planning. 

The workshop will also include the release of a Sustainability Assessment Report and engagement sessions with participants for identification of future priorities.  

Do you know of a sustainability leader in our community? Nominate them to be recognized at the workshop.


Residents, business leaders, institutions, government agencies and organizations will gather to learn from knowledgeable speakers and panel discussions. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Natural environment
  • Energy
  • Sustainability in the built environment
  • Improved health
  • Access to local, healthy food
  • Water
  • Sustainable economic development


This year, workshop attendees will be active participants in group discussions to identify priority strategies for sustainability improvements in the next 10 years.  Growing a healthy, prosperous, and resilient community requires participation from everyone to identify and implement innovative and appropriate solutions that support community needs. 

Attendees will participate in facilitated discussions on the four workshop topics. Thoughts and ideas for future strategies will be documented and used in the development of a Sustainability Plan, an update to the 2006 Roadmap to Sustainability.  

Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about the 2014 workshop: 

  • “Excellent as usual."
  • "A great learning experience.”
  • “Really great workshop. Loved the keynote speaker.”
  • “Thanks for a great workshop! Met a lot of great people!”
Later Event: December 7
Climate Hope Potluck