2013 Awards

Working on the GreenCongratulations to the nominees for the 2013 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Awards! Nominees are listed below. Finalists are listed in bold.

An independent set of judge reviewed and scored each nomination. Judges were experienced and knowledgeable in the fields of sustainability, energy, engineering, green building, corporate social responsibility and government.

Winners will be announced at lunch on Wednesday, October 30, at the Working on the Green Sustainability Summit. The Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly the Peabody Orlando Hotel (9801 International Drive, Orlando, 32819)) will host the event. Nominees receive a complimentary luncheon ticket or a discounted Summit registration fee. Additional tickets may be purchased. Registration information is below…

2013 Best Practice Nominees

Small Business

  • Great Green Editing
  • The Spinnaker Group, Inc.
  • SolarOrganite LLC

Large Business

  • Waste Management Inc. of Florida
  • Jim Schell
  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • The Peabody Orlando
  • Titan America LLC
  • Earth Friendly Products
  • Florida Power & Light Company Corporate Recycling and Services


  • Lee County Port Authority
  • Sarasota County, Cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port
  • Urban Paradise Guild
  • The Lake Worth Consortium
  • Lee County Port Authority
  • City of Stuart
  • Utility Capital Improvements Project (UCAP) Program
  • Sustainable Zephyrhills
  • Mayor Frank Ortis
  • Florida Public Safety Institute
  • Orange County Convention Center
  • Sharon Cutler
  • City of Palm Bay Utilities Department
  • Gainesville Clean Water Partnership
  • Tampa International Airport


  • Dr.Bienvenu
  • Metropolitan Environmental Training Alliance
  • Green Schools Challenge
  • Resource Depot
  • Manatee Chamber of Commerce – Green Business Initiative
  • Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church
  • Florida Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects book “Visions of Smart Growth and Sustainability”
  • Jim Schell
  • Urban Paradise Guild


  • Tom Roehlk
  • Partnership between the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Forestry Association
  • Envision Alachua
  • Florida Green School Network
  • Sarasota County, Cities of Sarasota, Venice and North Port
  • The Lake Worth Consortium
  • Gainesville Clean Water Partnership
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Dr.Bienvenu
  • Manatee Chamber of Commerce – Green Business Initiative
  • Urban Paradise Guild
  • Hillsborough County and Covanta Hillsborough


  • Steven C. Bassett, PE
  • SolarOrganite LLC
  • Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly The Peabody Orlando)
  • Jim Schell
  • Dr. Bienvenu

Register for Working on the Green – Sustainability Summit today!

Here is the DRAFT Agenda

October 29-30
The Peabody Orlando
9801 International Drive, Orlando, FL, 32819, 407/345.4438


Tuesday, October 29, 2013
5:30 PM Registration
6:30 PM Florida Green School Network Awards Dinner (optional)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
8:00 AM   Registration / Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM   Welcoming Remarks

  • Michael Hewett, Publix Super Markets
    Chairman, Sustainable Florida
  • Samantha Hunter Padgett, Florida Retail Federation
9: 20 AM   The Future of Florida’s Energy Opportunity and Challenge

  • Patrick Sheehan, Executive Director
    Florida Energy Office, Department of Agriculture and
    Consumer Services
10:30 AM   Reducing the Waste Stream

  • The Honorable Herschel Vinyard
    Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
10:45 AM   Waste Reduction- What’s Next

  • Karen Hawkins, Organics Recycling, Waste Management
  • Jenn McAlister, LEED AP BD+C, BDN Solutions
  • Joe Treshler, Covanta Energy

Lunch – 2013 Best Practice Awards

1:30 PM   Branding and Telling Your Story

  • Brandon Tidwell
    Darden Restaurants
  • Michael Hewett
    Publix Super Markets
  • Tammy Brister
    Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts
  • Kendra Ferguson
  • Matthew Harris
2:30 PM   Our Sustainability Journey

  • PJ Newcomb
    Sustainability Program Manager, North America

Joining us for the Florida Green School Awards (Oct 29th) and Working on the Green (Oct 30th) in Orlando? Well, make your reservation now for a room at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly the Peabody Hotel) – for a fabulous $129 room rate on International Drive. Book your room now – the block closes at the end of the week! (Simply call 407-284-1234 and select ‘Reservations’ or call 1-800-233-1234 which is Hyatt’s Central Reservations office. The group is listed under Working on the Green.)

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