Planning

County Commission to Discuss Recycling Facility Near Celery Fields Wednesday

The commission is set to discuss whether to rezone 16 acres of property near the Celery Fields to allow for the construction of a recycling center.

08/18/2017 By Staff

Transportation

Free Class Covers Electric Vehicles, Charging Infrastructure

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Sarasota County’s sustainability department are leading a free class on electric vehicles.

08/18/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Ethical Ecotourism Nonprofit Recognizes Local Operators

The Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism recently recognized several ecotour operators in Sarasota and Manatee counties for their outstanding business practices.

08/16/2017 By Staff

Environment

City's Climate Change Plan to Be Discussed Aug. 29

The city has projected that global warming could raise daily high temperatures by as much as 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050.

08/15/2017 By Staff

Environment

Manatee County Recognized for Cutting Energy Use

Manatee County has reduced its kilowatt hours nearly 7 percent over the past five years.

08/11/2017 By Staff

Energy

College Installs New Solar Array

The local contractor Brilliant Harvest recently completed installation of a solar photovoltaic array on the New College of Florida campus.

08/11/2017 By Staff

Energy

Solar Contractor Elected to Board of State Industry Group

Bill Johnson, the president of the Sarasota solar contracting company Brilliant Harvest, was recently elected to the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association board of directors.

07/28/2017 By Staff

Environment

Class Covers Environmentally Friendly Lawn, Landscape Maintenance

The University of Florida and Sarasota County are providing a training in green practices in lawn and landscape management and pest control.

07/25/2017 By Staff

Environment

Sarasota County Launching 12-Month Composting Study

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Sarasota County's Solid Waste Division are looking for single-family home residents with an interest in composting.

07/10/2017 By Staff

Environment

Neighborhood to Begin Using Solar Power to Heat Pool

Bradenton’s Mirabella, a 55-and-older neighborhood, is planning to install a solar power system to its community center, spa and swimming pool.

07/10/2017 By Staff

Health care

Cleaning Company Honored for Employee Health Programs

Sarasota's Crystal Clean Green Cleaning was recently named a Gold Level Healthy Sarasota County Worksite by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County.

07/06/2017 By Staff

Environment

Bradenton Neighborhood Earns LEED Platinum Certification

The United States Green Building Council recently awarded current home owners in Bradenton's Mirabella with a platinum LEED certification, the highest LEED rating.

06/29/2017 By Staff

Environment

City Commission Approves Transition to Renewable Energy Sources

The Sarasota City Commission on Monday unanimously approved a plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy for municipal operations by 2030.

06/20/2017 By Staff

Environment

City Commission Offers Support for Renewable Energy Pledge

The Sarasota City Commission this week unanimously authorized a proposal to join the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources.

06/09/2017 By Staff

Environment

Free Green Building Design Class Takes Place June 14

University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences extension office in Sarasota County and the county's sustainability department are offering a free class in local green building design.

06/09/2017 By Staff

Environment

Plan to Sell Public Land Near Celery Fields to Be Discussed Monday

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations is hosting a discussion of the Sarasota County Planning Commission's recent decision to recommend denial of plans to sell public land adjacent to the Celery Fields.

06/08/2017 By Staff

Environment

Mote Marine Launches New Red Tide Reporting App

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium recently released a new free app that encourages users to report instances of red tide.

06/06/2017 By Staff

Environment

Hurricane Season Begins

The annual Atlantic hurricane season began Thursday, with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters predicting a 45 percent chance of above-average hurricane activity.

06/02/2017 By Staff

Tourism

'Dr. Beach' Picks Siesta as Country's No. 1 Beach

Stephen Leatherman, popularly known as "Dr. Beach," announced Thursday that he ranks Siesta Beach as the country's No. 1 beach.

05/25/2017 By Staff

Openings

Recycling Company Plans New Sarasota Facility

Single Stream Recyclers—based in Cocoa, Florida—is planning to build a new facility in north Sarasota and hire up to 80 new employees by the end of 2018.

05/18/2017 By Staff