2015 Working on the Green

Working on the Green imageThe 2015 Working on the Green Sustainability Summit offers something for everyone. From a look at Florida’s strategic plan for its environment, how smart grid technologies can lead to Smart Cities and how education and labeling can increase recycling rates and lead to better economic opportunities, the Summit provides networking and celebration of best practices from across the state. Join us for great networking and business development opportunities.

The event was a great success. Keynote PowerPoint slides are listed below with the speaker. Check out the Photo Gallery!

Conference Agenda – 2015 Program Agenda!

Sponsorships are still available! Thank you to Covanta Energy for sponsoring the Best Practice Luncheon and to our media partner Florida Trend! Download the 2015 Working on the Green – Sponsor Packet.


2015 Working on the Green Sustainability Summit

October 1-2, 2015

Plantation on Crystal River

Thursday, October 1

2-4 pm                         Save Kings Bay/One Rake at a Time (service project),  Hunter Springs Park (1.4 miles from Plantation)

6-8 pm                         Reception/Cash bar, Pool Gazebo

Friday, October 2

All plenary sessions are in Magnolia Ballroom. Breakfast, lunch and break are in Sabal Ballroom.

7:30-8:30 am               Continental Breakfast, Sponsored by Florida Power and Light

8:30-8:45 am               Welcome and Opening Remarks—Tim Center, Executive Director, Sustainable Florida

8:45-9:30 am               Secretary Jon Steverson, Department of Environmental Protection

9:30-10:30 am             Florida County Scorecard Initiative, Alexa Green, Graduate Intern, Sustainable Florida

Panel: Lee Hayes Byron, Sustainability Manager, Sarasota County

Elizabeth Freeman, Planning Division Manager, Pinellas County

Tracy Straub, PE, Marion County Board of County Commissioners

10:30-10:45 am           Break

10:45-11:30 am           Sustainable Cities, John Masiello, Vice President, KEMA Services Inc., DNV GL Energy and Sustainability

 11:30 am-12:30 pm     Mitch Hedlund, Recycle Across America

Panel: Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh, Earth Friendly Products

Dawn McCormick, Waste Management; Janet Simoneaux, JM Family

12:30-2:30 pm             Best Practice Awards lunch–Tim Center and SF Board Members, Sponsored by Covanta Energy

2:30 pm                       Adjournment


Keynote Presentation: The Honorable Jon Steverson, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Jon Steverson pic (2)Appointed by Governor Rick Scott in December 2014 and approved by the Florida Cabinet for reappointment in August 2015, Jon Steverson currently serves as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Here’s the chance to hear from the Secretary about his vision for the Department and goals for the agency. Secretary Steverson has developed an extensive and ambitious strategic plan. This will be a great opportunity to learn more, meet the Secretary and explore how best to ensure a sustainable Florida. Steverson is a member of the Florida Bar and trained as a litigator in the private sector before entering the world of public policy to represent the Florida Association of Counties before the Florida Legislature, the Governor and Cabinet, and numerous agencies and commissions.


Keynote Presentation: Building Smart Green Cities of the Future

JMASIELLO_headshotLLsSustainable Florida is excited to welcome the return of former Progress Energy Florida Director and Sustainable Florida Board Member John Masiello to kick off the 2015 Working on the Green Conference. John Masiello from DNV GL will share his perspectives from 30 years in the clean energy industry on what the future holds for our cities. The future of energy technology can come from surprising places. From networked LED street lights to next generation battery technologies, new products and financing models can pave the way for a cleaner, more efficient future. What are the technologies and systems thinking that may get us there? John will share examples of successful projects and a glimpse into emerging areas for new sustainability paradigms. The new Building Smart Green Cities of the Future slides are here.


Keynote Presentation: Recycle Right Florida

Recycle Across America Executive Director Michelle “Mitch” Hedlund will join us for a conversation about simplifying the act of recycling for the general public to help them recycle more and help them recycle right. The standardized labels initiative proposed by Hedlund has been embraced and eagerly adopted by national industry leaders who recognize the positive and long-lasting impact such an effort can have on society, the environment and the 20+ year old practice of recycling. The presentation will be followed by a panel conversation about reducing waste streams. You can review the slides here.

florida-county-mapReport – Sustainability in Florida: A County Perspective 

How are Florida Counties addressing sustainability and leading the way at the local government level? Alexa Green spent the summer of 2015 collecting sustainability plans and reports from all 67 Florida Counties. This informative look at progress across urban and rural communities will highlight best practices and encourage collaboration. The conversation will be followed by a panel of county representatives who lead by example. Sustainability in Florida A County Perspective_FINAL slides are here.

Best Practice Awards Luncheon

Best Practice AwardJoin us for a special luncheon to recognize the best of the best in Florida. The Annual Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards luncheon offers an opportunity to honor those who are doing well by doing good. Meet the finalists and judges. Learn what you can do in your organization. Celebrate the great work taking place across the state.

Register today for the Working on the Green Summit at the event.

The Details

When: October 1-2, 2015

Hotel Cut-off Date: September 15

Where: Plantation on Crystal River

Who: Sustainability leaders from business, non-profit, government and academic organizations. Learn how to reduce expenses, increase profitability, promote environmental stewardship and build stronger communities.