2011 – Sustainable YOU!

Sustainable YOU!The City of Tallahassee, Leon County and the Collins Center’s Sustainable Florida program partnered to host the Sustainable YOU conference, October 24-25, 2011, in Tallahassee.

This was the sixth annual Sustainable Florida conference and promised to be a great opportunity to learn about cutting edge sustainability practices and policy.

We had four tracks:

  • Sustainability professionals – from business, government, non-profits and beyond.
  • Policy makers – for state, regional, and local government policy makers, elected officials and managers along with non-government organizations, non-profit advocates and associations
  • Higher Education – a special track for the participants of the Educational Alliance for a Sustainable Florida (EASF) and others interested in advancing the sustainability agenda in universities and colleges.
  • Grassroots 101 – For the individual consumer looking to reduce expenses, live more sustainability and exploring steps that they can take in their own lives.

The conference featured everything from green building to energy, from water to community development, from agriculture to tours. The Educational Alliance had great panels for our higher education guests. Be sure to check it out! You can watch the keynote and workshop presentations at the following link.


Click here to review the Schedule of Events, Agenda and Workshop descriptions.

Featured Speakers

Majora Carter

Majora Carter hosts the Peabody Award winning public-radio series: The Promised Land. She has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. She founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 when few were talking about “sustainability”; and even fewer, in places like The South Bronx. Since 2008, her consulting company, MCG has exported Climate Adaptation, Urban Micro-AgriBusiness, and Leadership Development strategies for Business, Government, Foundations, Universities, and economically under-performing Communities.

Greensburg (KS) Mayor Bob Dixson

Mayor Bob Dixson is a native Kansan and he has been a resident of Greensburg since 1985. Dixson took office as Mayor of Greensburg in May 2008 and he is leading the way in the process of rebuilding the community after the May 4, 2007 tornado. Sustainable building, renewable energy and “green” technologies are the cornerstones of the recovery of Greensburg.

Joe Tankersley Futurist Imaging a World of Sustainable Abundance

Joseph Tankersley is a storyteller, futurist and creator of immersive experiences. For over 25 years he has helped organizations create compelling messages about their goals and visions for the future. He has worked with national and international corporations, NGO’s and governments. Joe employs a wide range of media tools; from oral storytelling to feature films and fully immersive physical environments to help communicate these messages of better tomorrows.

Sustainable Regional Planning Panel We have a great closing plenary panel with regional and state leaders who are busy trying to design and implement sustainable communities plans. Moderated by Cambridge Systematics’ John Kaliski, Pat Steed, Jim Murley and Kathy Neill will explore the sustainable communities planning efforts being undertaken by two distinct regions in Florida – South East Coast of Florida stretching from Indian River County to Monroe and the Heartland in the Central Florida Regional Partnership region. Along with a look at the Department of Transportation’s Horizon 2060 long-range strategic plan for Florida.

Program Agenda
Be sure to check out the exciting Program of Workshopsscheduled for the conference. We think there is something for everyone from green building to community agriculture to transportation to waste & recycling. You will learn more, expand your network and have a to-do list when you return home!The conference team seeks great presenters to share best practices that others can incorporate into their organizations’ business plans. Attendees are interested in everything from energy, waste, water, agriculture and food, land planning and green building, climate change and state, regional and local government policies that help create more sustainable communities.