The 2016 Working on the Green Sustainability Summit was a great event with something for everyone. We opened with architect-turned-farmer-philosopher Michael Madfis inspirational story of his successful urban farming vision for Broward County. Sean Miller walked us through a conversation about how we should look at Florida’s strategic plan for its energy future. We were joined by Rob Hink, Kyle Abney, and Jason Haun who illustrated how the green building movement can improve health and economic quality of life indicators – and what was driving the green building movement in South Florida. We hope the audience enjoyed the conversation between Screven Watson and Bill Johnson who covered the bases of the proposed Amendment 1 to the Florida Constitution. (Our friends at the USGBC livestreamed it on Facebook.) The Summit also provides networking and celebration of best practices from across the state. Join us for great networking and business development opportunities.
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Thank you to everyone who made this a great event!
FINAL Program Agenda (click to view)
Wednesday – September 14
- Community Service Project – Working with 2014 Best Practice Award winner Michael Madfis, we plan to work in community gardens to prepare food for low-income families. Learn more about Micheal’s important work in this video. We will leave the hotel around 2 PM and work until about 4:30 PM.
- Reception – For everyone coming in the night before the Summit, we will have a welcome reception to let folks reconnect and make new friends. The reception is included in the price of the registration for the Summit.
Thursday – September 15
- Breakfast – We will have a delicious warm breakfast for Summit participants. Time to get a little caffeine and make some new friends.
- Opening Keynote – We are excited to announce that Sean Miller, Senior Director Florida Development, Florida Power & Light, will speak about “The Future of Energy in Florida”. This is a great chance to explore what the future holds in light of renewable energy, electric vehicles and more. Sean Miller is Senior Director of Project Development at Florida Power & Light. FPL Project Development plays a significant role in providing the best value in clean and renewable energy to FPL’s customers through the assessment and development of future generation plants. Sean started his professional career in power generation engineering, but with graduate degrees in engineering and business has sought challenging cross-functional problems in the electric utility industry. Prior to his current role, Sean held a variety of positions in Business Development and Business Management in FPL’s Energy Marketing Group, as well as with FPL’s unregulated affiliate NextEra Energy Resources.
- Florida’s Energy Policy – Keeping with the energy theme, we will have a panel conversation about the proposed constitutional amendments dealing with solar energy and how best Florida can develop a smart and sustainable energy policy. We are pleased to announce that Consumers for Smart Solar Coalition Board Member Screven Watson and Brilliant Harvest President Bill Johnson will join us for the conversation.
- Green Building – In partnership with the United States Green Building Council Florida Chapter, we will have a conversation about the state of green building in South Florida. Joining us for a look at some exciting developments will be Rob Hink, The Spinnaker Group, Kyle Abney, Abney+Abney, and Jason Haun,
Best Practice Awards Luncheon
The annual Best Practice Awards luncheon will be held at the conclusion of the Summit. All guests are invited to stay for lunch (included in the cost of registration).
Sustainable Florida is making meeting space available for other groups that are attending the Summit. Your group can have a Board meeting or planning meeting that will permit you the chance to put into action what was learned at the Summit. Let us know if you need any assistance with the service.
You can register online for the Summit. There is a discount for students/teachers and for Sustainable Florida Partner organizations. Registration includes the reception, two meals, and conference materials. The costs is only $225 per person. REGISTER ONLINE TODAY.
Make reservations now at the Hyatt Pier 66 – call 954.525.6666 and ask for the Sustainable Florida rate of $125.