The 2021 Sustainable Community Summit will highlight sustainability in action and will give attendees an opportunity to hear from community leaders and organizations on a variety of topics related to sustainability. The summit will showcase our community’s ongoing commitment to sustainability amid COVID-19 and share ways to integrate sustainability into daily life. Through a week-long series of online and limited in-person presentations and workshops, participants will learn from community partners and sustainability professionals about creating a sustainable action plan, composting, saving money through energy conservation, and more.
Learn about the topics that interest you – pick and choose which sessions to attend.
Immerse yourself in sustainability through engaging presentations and workshops
Get to know your local sustainability groups and champions
Get updates on Leon County’s recent and upcoming sustainability initiatives
Saving Energy (and Money) at Home
Date: Tuesday, April 6th from 12pm – 1pm, on Zoom
Session Description: This session will cover conservation and energy-efficiency techniques that you can employ at home to save money on your utility bill.
What you’ll learn: A list of strategies (from basic to advanced) for how to save energy and money at home from the experts at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Presenter: The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
Date: Tuesday, April 6th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, on Zoom
Session Description: This workshop will cover the A, Bee, and Cs of beekeeping (see what we did there?), why bees are so important for our local ecosystem, and more.
What you’ll learn: What is an apiarist? How do you raise bees? How do bees make honey? Get these and all your buzzing questions about beekeeping answered in this beekeeping workshop.
Workshop presenter: Dr. Lee Bushong, Doc Wild's Bees
Change Makers Panel: Integrating Sustainability into Your Work
Date: Wednesday, April 7th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, on Zoom
Session Description: A panel of local professionals from diverse backgrounds will discuss and answer questions about how they integrate sustainability into their work. This panel of changemakers apply sustainability principles to their jobs in traditional and less traditional ways. From landscaping to nutrition, there are endless ways to work on sustainability no matter what career you choose!
What you’ll learn: How to use a sustainability lens to apply sustainability principles to any career or job – whether you think it’s related to sustainability or not! This session is perfect for students looking to learn more about different careers, or anyone interested in integrating sustainability into their daily work or operations.
Panelists: Afaf Qasem, TMH Community Wellness Dietitian; Sherry Carpenter, Leon County Parks & Recreation; and more!
Date: Wednesday, April 7th from 6:30pm – 8:00pm, on Zoom
Session Description: This composting workshop will dive into the science behind turning food scraps into compost and how to start and maintain a successful compost bin or pile.
What you’ll learn: How to successfully compost your food scraps at home, business, school, or faith-based organization. This session will cover all the Dos and Don’ts for starting and maintaining a compost bin and will share details on Leon County’s new composting program that offers Earth Machine compost bins to residents
Workshop presenters: Mark Tancig and Molly Jameson, Leon County UF/IFAS Extension Office
Get Involved Panel: Community Members Driving Sustainable Action
Date: Thursday, April 8th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, on Zoom
Session Description: Listen and ask questions as a panel of community members dives into the importance of community involvement and volunteering and offers several ways for how to get involved. Hear community involvement success stories and how small groups of citizens have made a big impact.
What you’ll learn: The importance of community involvement in Leon County, where to go to find volunteer opportunities, and how to start your own grassroots initiatives.
Panelists: Royle King, Leon County Volunteer Services Coordinator; Cyndel Brunell, FSU Sustainable Campus Program Coordinator; Hannah Crow, Fort Braden Community Organizer; Miaisha Mitchell, Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council Executive Director
Live Cooking Class
Date: Thursday, April 8th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, on Zoom
Session Description: Grab your friends and family from near and far and join Heidi Copeland in a live virtual cooking class using a mix of locally grown fresh produce and common pantry items to make a hearty, yummy meal! Interested participants are invited to purchase a cooking class kit through the Red Hills Online Market, which will supply all the produce needed to make the meal. A recipe will be provided to registrants before the class, and the cooking class video will be available online after the session.
What you’ll learn: How to mix local produce with common pantry items to make a delicious meal in under an hour, how to easily by local produce through the Red Hills Online Market, and the importance of local food systems.
Presenter: Heidi Copeland, Leon County UF/IFAS Extension Office
Creating Your Own Sustainability Plan
Date: Friday, April 9th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, on Zoom
Session Description: Leon County’s Sustainability Team will lead this session on creating your own sustainability action plan, including tips for both sustainability beginners and experts. Attendees of this session will receive a Sustainability Action Plan template to fill out and to start putting sustainability in action!
What you’ll learn: Want to be more sustainable at home, at work, or within your community organizations, but not sure where to start? This session will provide you the template and some ideas to get you started. The Sustainability Team will also have a Q&A at the end of the session to answer all your sustainability questions!
Presenters: Tobias Raether and Tessa Schreiner, Leon County Office of Sustainability
Sustainability Trivia Night
Date: Friday, April 9th from 6:30pm – 7:30pm, on Zoom
Session Description: Grab your favorite local take-out and join us for a virtual Sustainability Trivia Night! You can join as a team or as a single player and test your sustainability knowledge. If you’re enjoying food or a drink from a local restaurant or brewery, you get a bonus point at the start of the session! Prizes include a backyard Earth Machine compost bin, a plastic-free sustainability kit, and gift cards to local restaurants!
What you’ll learn: Loads of fun sustainability facts!
Trivia Hosts: Leon County’s Office of Sustainability and Library Teams