Sustainable YOU Conference Focuses
on the Power of Collaboration
January 23, 2014
Last Call to Sign-Up, Registration Ends Tomorrow - Want to learn more about being green in 2014? The City of Tallahassee can help you do just that. Sustainable YOU, North Florida's premier sustainability conference, will bring national and local speakers to Tallahassee next week to share emerging trends in creating sustainable communities. Hosted by the City, along with community partners, the Sustainable YOU conference will be held this Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 27 – 28, at the Florida State University Turnbull Conference Center. Registration for the conference ends tomorrow, so interested parties are encouraged to sign-up today by visiting Talgov.com/EPER.
\Sustainable YOU is a day-and-a-half long conference. It includes dynamic presentations, hands-on learning opportunities, case studies and exhibits from sustainability practitioners, researchers, community leaders, university students, professors and nationally known thought leaders in the field of sustainability.
“This conference facilitates the exchange of information about energy, resource use and best practices,” said Gil Ziffer, lead commissioner on the City’s Quality of Life Target Issue Committee. “These discussions will help empower consumers, businesses and government agencies to make smart decisions about our future.”
The conference’s theme Sustainability: The Power of Collaboration will guide the presentations of keynote speakers Ilana Preuss, Vice President and Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America; April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer at Collaborative Lab; and Michael Hewett, Director of Sustainability Programs at Publix Super Markets Inc.
The conference’s "Tally Talks" presentations, inspired by TED Talks, will highlight collaboration success stories from City Commissioner Andrew Gillum; Dr. Atira Charles, Professor at Florida A&M University’s School of Business; and Ryan Cohn, Vice President of Social/Digital Operations at Sachs Media Group.
Leaders from the Tallahassee area will share the vision of their organization’s future and how that vision will contribute to a more sustainable Tallahassee as part of the Envision Tallahassee 20/20 conversation. Moderated by Kimberly Moore, Vice President for Workforce Development at Tallahassee Community College, this engaging dialogue will feature Mayor John Marks; Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier; Larry Robinson, Florida A&M University Interim President; Jim Murdaugh, President of Tallahassee Community College; Eric J. Barron, President of Florida State University; Jackie Pons, Superintendent of Leon County Schools; Sue Dick, President/CEO of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce; and Tom Glennon, Senior Vice President of Business and Community Development for Capital Health Plan.
The conference will also feature more than 20 presentations under the following tracks: Green Economy, Town & Gown Collaborations, Green Hands-on Learning and Partners of Change.
The first day of the conference will feature some big announcements and entertainment. At lunch, the Community Neighborhood Renaissance Partnership, along with the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs department, will announce the winners of the student Mobile App Contest. This contest challenges middle and high school students with the task of creating a mobile app that promotes environmental awareness, sustainability and the use of parks and recreation facilities. Contest prizes include $1,000 for the overall winner and laptops, tablets and gift certificates for second and third place winners. At the nighttime reception, entertainment will be provided by “The Trashtronauts,”a local music group that creates unique sounds on upcycled “trashtruments.”
The City of Tallahassee is recognized on an international, national and regional level as a leader in the field of environmental stewardship and sustainability by several organizations and agencies - most notably by The White House, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), International Awards for Livable Communities and Florida Green Building Coalition.
This conference is organized by the City's Environmental Policy and Energy Resources Department. Learn more about the City's sustainability leadership and its five year plan to create a more sustainable and livable community on Talgov.com. Stay connected with conference updates and other sustainability events on Facebook by liking Go Green Tallahassee and by using hash tag #2014SustainableYOU.
John Baker, Department of Environmental Policy and Energy Resources, 891-2476; or Heather Teter, Department of Communications, 891-8533