Help clean up St. Pete Beach, May 21, 2011

Panera Bread is  sponsoring a beach clean-up on St. Pete Beach (3400 Gulf Blvd., St Pete Beach, FL), starting at the Don CeSar Resort and ending at Sirata  Beach resort.

The beach clean-up will held be Saturday, May 21  from 8:00 am until 10:00 am.  Meet on the beach behind the Don CeSar at 3400 Gulf Blvd.  Complementary breakfast and volunteer T-shirts (courtesy of Panera Bread) will be provided, but please remember to wear a hat, sunscreen, closed toed shoes, etc.

For driving directions click here.

Volunteers can register at to sign up in advance, or for more information, please visit

Hope to see you there!



May 18, 2011 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Green Expo April 3-4, 2011

Free event for the entire family.

The Tampa Bay Living Green Expo is this Saturday, April 3rd and Sunday, April 4th. Join your friends and neighbors at the historic Coliseum in Downtown St. Petersburg and learn how to reduce your impact on the environment.

Living Green is fun and easy! Exhibitors will be available all weekend and will feature products and services that you can use use to live sustainably.

Click here for the list of exhibitors.

Tired of watering and mowing your lawn? Our vendors will show you how to save time AND have award-winning landscape using Florida native plants. You can also reduce water usage and save money on your lawn with micro- or drip- irrigation.

Redecorating? Paint your walls with high-end, no-VOC paint in hundreds of colors. Or, use recycled materials and sustainably harvested wood to remodel your home.

At the Tampa Bay Living Green Expo, you will find out why your neighbors are using rain barrels. You will learn how easy it is to start composting. Living green means making daily choices for you and your family that enhance your life while reducing your impact on the environment. Even the smallest changes make a difference.

Come to our free info sessions on both Saturday and Sunday to learn more about Green Jobs, Composting, Green Living, Green Pest Control, Energy Tips, Native Plants, and more! You could also be eligible to for one of our door prizes- composting bin, a rain barrel, a 100% bamboo table, a gift certificate for Eco Friendly pest control, and more!

Click here for the full schedule of workshops.

The Tampa Bay Living Green Expo is a free event and fun for the entire family. Enjoy kids activities, healthy AND delicious food, and our vendors and exhibitors. The info sessions and outdoor activities will be held in the parking lot to the East of the Coliseum, on the same side of the street.

See you this weekend!


March 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Dunedin Life & Light Lantern Parade April 23–24, 2011

This event benefits the community as a fundraiser for Planting Seeds Workshops & the 1% Food Project


Casa Tina’s family of Downtown Restaurants in partnership with The Dunedin Harvest Food & Garden Co-op will be holding our first Life & Light Lantern Parade & Festival on Earth Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 2011. This community art event is a fundraiser for the Planting Seeds workshop series and the 1% Food Project.

Saturday, April 23, 2- 7 PM

  • Life & Light Lantern Festival w/ Live Music
  • Paper Lantern Making Workshops
  • Gardening & Sustainability Demonstrations
  • Great FOOD at 3 downtown locations!

Sunday, April 24, 12 – 8:30 PM

  • Life & Light Lantern Festival w/ Live Music
  • Paper Lantern Making Workshops
  • Gardening & Sustainability Demonstrations
  • Great FOOD at 3 downtown locations!

Symbolically held Earth Day weekend, the Life & Light Lantern Parade & Festival is a community celebration of all life! The festival will include FREE Paper Lantern Making Workshops held ALL DAY Saturday and Sunday in downtown Dunedin’s Pioneer Park. The workshops will be surrounded by Live Music and Entertainment along with FREE Gardening and Sustainability demonstrations. Workshop participants get to use their lanterns in Sunday’s Parade of Light, then keep and take their lanterns home!

This is a family friendly event with two goals in mind…to encourage public art for and by the public and to educate our community about sustainable living practices.

On Sunday at 8:00 pm Join the LIFE & LIGHT LANTERN PARADE! Event attendees, organizers, Casa Tina’s Staff, and members of the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons will take the Life & Light Lantern Parade celebration to the streets and parade their newly made, glowing paper lanterns through downtown Dunedin. Join us to light up the streets as this is an experience and spectacle not to be missed. You and the kids will love it!

Paper Lantern Workshops will be taught by professional lantern makers, Casa Tina’s is hosting members from The Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons from Atlanta, GA. The Krewe, nationally known for their creative and artistic efforts in organizing artistic community events, is being brought to town specifically to share their unique talent with our community.

Fundraiser Raffle, Donations and Profits from ALL Meals, Drinks and Merchandise sales at Casa Tina’s Mexican Restaurant, Cabana Café & Gifts and Pan y Vino Brick Oven Pizza, on both days will be donated to fund the Planting Seeds workshop series and the 1% Food Project.

Planting Seeds is a FREE Organic Gardening Workshop series offered to the general public.  The workshops provide free ongoing education to local residents with topics including Florida Vegetable Gardening and other Sustainable Living practices.

The Dunedin 1% Food Project is a community organized sustainable living initiative. The goal of the project is to encourage 1% of all households in Dunedin to pledge a small part of their land and their time to grow food. Growing food brings health, vitality and food security to individuals and our community.

Event Sponsors and


WHERE: Downtown Pioneer Park and three GREAT restaurants in Downtown Dunedin. Organic food options at Cabana & Pan y Vino!

Casa Tina’s Authentic Mexican
365 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698

Cabana Cafe and Gifts
833 Douglas Ave, Dunedin, FL 34698

Pan y Vino Brick Oven
369 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698



March 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

Tampa Bay Living Green Expo looking for volunteers

The Tampa Bay Living Green Expo will be in St. Petersburg at the Coliseum April 2-3 and we need volunteers!

Sign up for a shift, bring a friend, help out, show support, and have fun!

The Tampa Bay Living Green Expo stands out every year because of its many great volunteers. Now is the time to sign up!

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Pre-Expo marketing: put up flyers/posters at coffee shops, bookstores, colleges, etc
  • Expo set-up and Exhibitor check-in: assist with setting up the event on Friday, April 1st
  • Volunteer check-in/ Info Booth: check in volunteers as they arrive for their shift, provide information to Exhibitors and Attendees
  • Front door greeters: provide Expo attendees with event programs, answers to questions and information for making the most of their Expo experience
  • Exhibitor assistance: available for troubleshooting related to exhibitor problems
  • Outside greeters: help people find their way to parking and entrances
  • Info sessions assistance: encourage visitors to visit the seminars, and provide general assistance to information session speakers
  • Kid’s Korner: work with children in the arts and crafts area
  • General assistance: be available to help with whatever comes up during the Expo
  • Tear down: assist in tearing down and cleaning up after the Expo on Sunday evening

Visit  Click here on the Volunteer Page and select your preferred shift and task. Shifts are set in 2-3 hour increments but can be tailored to fit your schedule.   And you will get a free Tampa Bay Living Green t-shirt !

Please don’t over commit in your excitement to help. We can always find an additional shift for you if you want one later in the weekend.

We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early for your shift. If your schedule is flexible, we will need more coverage on the Sat 2:30-6 and the Sunday 2-5 shift.

Contact Volunteer Coordinator Morgan Taylor with questions.

Thanks for helping us make this a successful Expo!


March 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

New materials exchange website in Tampa Bay

iWasteNotSystems is excited to announce the opening of a new Materials Exchange for the Tampa Bay community.

2Good2Waste is a free service with a local focus that helps people give away or sell things that might otherwise end up in a landfill. is an online, user driven materials exchange that allows residents and businesses to exchange items at no or low cost rather than tossing them into the trash.

It’s easy for people to exchange items on 2G2W/Tampa…  All you have to do is sign up for an account and list your items. It’s simple, easy and fast to do.

On the top right of the site you will notice a “tab” which is the commercial/institutional trading site for Tampa Bay businesses. Please set up a separate account for utilizing this exchange.

Feel free to contact your moderator Adam Schlachter ( at any time with questions or feedback. Thanks for using for your exchanging needs!


February 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Clearwater Greenprint Open House, March 1

The City of Clearwater is becoming more energy‐efficient, saving money and natural resources at the same time.  Help build a cleaner, greener and more sustainable Clearwater. Residents, businesspersons, and other interested stakeholders are invited to Clearwater Greenprint Open House #2.

The event will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.

The purpose of Open House #2 is to unveil a draft version of Clearwater Greenprint and related Clearwater Comprehensive Plan amendments for community input. The event also will feature exhibitors, the city’s natural gas vehicle, electric cars, and door prizes for attendees. “Clearwater Greenprint allows residents and the city to partner and explore ways we can all be involved in building a more sustainable community,” said Michael Delk, Planning & Development Director. “We want to hear from those in the Clearwater community about how we can work together to promote a more sustainable city.”

Clearwater Greenprint is a community action plan that will guide city decision making over the next 20 years on topics such as energy‐efficient buildings and redevelopment, transportation choices, waste recycling, and local food production. The program will result in efficiency throughout the city, which will save residents and businesses money. Other anticipated program results include reduced carbon gases in the atmosphere and less dependence on oil.

For more information, please visit or call Lauren Matzke, Project Manager, at (727) 562‐4547.

February 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

Designers needed for Trashy Fashion Show, April 22, 2011

Amateur eco-fashion designers of all ages will showcase their wears at the Fourth Annual Trashy Fashion Show: a Recycled Fashion Show at the Largo Cultural Center. In celebration of Earth Day, the Trashy Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm and will feature a runway ‘trashion’ show and Green Expo beginning at 5:00 pm.

Participants are encouraged think outside of the blue bin to create their wearable designs of at least 75 percent recycled or discarded items. The Trashy Fashion Show aims at instilling the importance of alternative waste solutions. Participants and attendees learn how to creatively reduce, reuse and recycle their waste into trashy trends.

Students, adults, individuals and groups will compete for cash prizes and the Best in Show title of Trashiest Designer. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the best designs in the following categories:

  • Junior Designer (Grades K-5)
  • Teen Designer (Grades 6-8)
  • High-End Designer (Grades 9-12)
  • Adult Designer (Ages 18+)

Deadline for entry is Monday, March 21, 2011. Interested participants must apply online at or call (727) 586-7424.

February 21, 2011 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

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who we are:

Early in 2008, St. Petersburg College recognized its responsibility to model to our students, employees and community ways to minimize global warming emissions and provide the knowledge to our graduates to help achieve a more environmentally friendly future. Because of this, the College made sustainability (defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs) a top priority. As a result, the Office for Sustainability was established.

what we do:

Working alongside internal and external partners, the Office for Sustainability focuses on the following areas of environmental stewardship: educational programs and corporate training, energy and natural resource conservation, green buildings and facilities, carbon emissions, recycling and student activities.

learn more:

To learn more about The Office for Sustainability at St. Petersburg College, contact Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator at

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