Are you interested in living a green and sustainable lifestyle? Palm Beach County Extension offers the Sustainable Floridians training program to help you change your practices to meet this goal. This unique training program creates knowledgeable and motivated residents and volunteers ready to support sustainable education programs and activities in the community.

What is Sustainable Floridians?

Sustainable Floridians is an education in action program that unites and empowers residents and volunteers who have an interest in protecting the environment and giving back to their communities. The program provides a way for motivated individuals to connect personal decisions with information about sustainable practices.

Program Structure

Including an orientation session, program participants will attend a seven week course that combines group discussions, weekly action exercises and resource materials for an interactive and informative program. Participants will be provided with course materials, books, energy conservation devices for the home, and other products that relate to sustainable living. Participants will learn about:

  • energy conservation
  • local foods
  • consumerism
  • water conservation
  • climate change, and
  • community leadership.

You must complete the first, last, and at least four of the five other modules to receive your certificate of completion and become a Sustainable Floridians graduate.

Sustainable Floridians - Your Commitment

As a Sustainable Floridian graduate, you take on the role of educator and advocate within your community. Sustainable Floridians work in the following areas to advance the message of sustainability and encourage residents to answer the call to sustainability.

Sustainable Floridians may:

  • Support 4-H youth activities (K-12)
  • Give educational programs to the public
  • Participate in local outreach events
  • Research new and emerging policies and technologies
  • Conduct tours and assessments

Course Readings and Materials

Session 1: Why Should You Care?

pdf Fail_Safe_Reading_2011.pdf

Session 2: Consumerism

pdf Consumerism_July_2013

Session 3:  Energy and Transportation

pdf 2016 Sustainable Floridians Energy Segment.pdf

Link to Critical Thinking Interactive Website

pdf Energy.pdf

pdf Resource List 1000 Friends of Florida.pdf

pdf Transportation.pdf

Session 4:  Water and Landscaping

pdf Landscape Aesthetics Cues to Care.pdf

pdf Water.pdf

Session 5:  Agriculture and Food Systems

pdf Agriculture.pdf

pdf Food Systems.pdf

Session 6:  Climate Change

pdf Personal Ecological Footprint quiz.pdf

pdf Climate Change and Sea Level Rise.pdf

Session 7: Community Leadership

pdf Community Based Social Marketing.pdf

pdf Community Leadership.pdf

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