SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County will host its eighth annual Sustainable Communities Workshop Wednesday at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center in Sarasota.
This popular interactive workshop draws leaders from industry, government and university programs to share their expertise and strategies for achieving a more sustainable future through job creating and community building programs and innovations. From alternative transportation and ecotourism to the future of the built environment, the workshop will highlight national trends as well as local successes. The workshop is open to professional planners, builders and developers, engineers, architects and landscape architects, small business owners and government representatives, as well as citizens, homeowners, neighborhood associations and community advocates. Of particular note this year is the workshop’s focus on green business practices and building resilience in local food supplies. Keynote speakers include Carol Peppe Hewitt, a pioneer in the Slow Money movement, and Trish Riley, an award-winning journalist and author. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Girl Scouts facility, located at 4780 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, which is about a mile south of Bee Ridge Road just west of Interstate 75. Registration is $30 for professionals and the general public ($20 for students) and includes continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon break. To learn more about the event or to register, contact the County Call Center at 941-861-5000, or visit www.scgov.net/sustainablecommunities/pages/default.aspx.
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