Sustany: For Tampa Bay's Future

Sustany: For Tampa Bay's Future

The Sustany Foundation enhances the quality of life of the Tampa Bay community by promoting sustainability.

Sustainable Business Awards

Sustainable Business Awards

Nominate an organization for the 7th Annual Sustainable Business Awards. Click here.

Sea Turtle Secretariat

Sea Turtle Secretariat

Sustany supports initiatives like the bid to host the International Sea Turtle Treaty Headquarters here in Tampa Bay!

Sustainable Business Program

Sustainable Business Program

Sustany operates the Green Business Designation Program for the City of Tampa. We work with companies to audit, improve, and celebrate the sustainable practices of their operations.

Mini Grants for Many Groups

Mini Grants for Many Groups

Sustany gives mini grants to help launch projects focused on sustainability and community development.

Sustany Tumblers

Sustany Tumblers

Start a lively conversation and support your favorite local foundation with a dozen Sustany tumblers. Click here!

The Sustainable Buzz

The Sustainable Buzz

Sample local foods, craft beer and wine at our annual event.

Help Build A Sustainable Community

Help Build A Sustainable Community

Join the Sustainable Buzz Committee, help with a clean up or participate other Sustany volunteer activities.

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Sustany Programs & Events


Sustainable Buzz
Sustainable Buzz
Attend the 8th Annual  Sustainable Buzz.
Check out photos from the 2014 Buzz.

ThinkSustany
ThinkSustany Blog
Every week ThinkSustany bloggers bring us the latest local news and sustainability features from around the world.

Sustainable Business Program
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Sustany and the City of Tampa work with businesses to audit, improve, and celebrate the sustainable practices of their operations.

Mini-Grants
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Sustany funds projects and organizations promoting sustainability in Tampa Bay, such as student field trips to Nature’s Academy.


 

The Latest News from ThinkSustany Blog

    Beat the Heat Sustainably!

    by Alison Lueders, Great Green Content

    No one needs to tell you that it’s hot – really hot. As I write this, here in toasty Tampa, Florida, the Weather Underground tells me that it’s 88 degrees, with a “feel like” temperature of 98. Phew!

    Stay cool - but take it easy on the A/C!
    Stay cool - but take it easy with the A/C!

    Temperatures are rising everywhere

    Tampa’s temperatures are actually better than most of the rest of the world’s. Globally, we just racked up the hottest  month of June on record . Both Europe and India have experienced heat waves this year that go far beyond “uncomfortable.”

    Luckily for many people here in the States, there’s air conditioning (A/C) to get us through these “dog days of summer.”

    Some fun facts about A/C

    But before you crank the air conditioning down another degree or two, know that:

    Bottom line: while you personally are “cooling down,” Mother Earth is actually warming up. Air conditioning releases roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the air each year -- an average of about two tons for each home with an air conditioner.

    Keep-cool Alternatives

    So air conditioned comfort comes at a cost, and not just what you see in your monthly electric bill. The good news is that there are many actions – large and small – that you can take to beat the heat sustainably. Pick the ones that work for you and DO them.

    Here’s just a partial list:

    • Use a fan – whether it’s a ceiling fan that moves the air around a whole room, or a small, portable fan that you aim at yourself, moving air cools you by helping moisture evaporate from your skin. A fan uses a tiny fraction of the power needed to run an air conditioner.
    • Dress appropriately – The New York Times recently featured an article titled “Enduring Summer’s Deep Freeze. “ It’s a fascinating look at the reasons why so many buildings are over-air conditioned in the summer. Until the building engineers and managers get on the same page, you’d be wise to wear cool, breathable clothing AND layers.  If your office is 68 degrees and outside it’s 88 degrees, a flexible wardrobe can help you to stay productive.
    • Drink up – you may not realize how quickly you lose moisture in the heat. According to the American Heart Association, “by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. “ So take a reusable bottle with you, and sip, sip, sip the day away.
    • Use shades – to block the sun and keep your house cooler throughout the summer months. Depending on the direction your house faces, and how many windows (and window shades) it has, you may leave a cool house in the morning only to discover a roaring oven when you return. Shades, shutters, blinds– whatever suits your style and needs, keeping the sun OUT to begin with saves money.
    • Eat cool – cooking meals on a stove just creates more heat inside your home that your A/C then has to cool. Instead, find summer foods and recipes that come from the pantry or the refrigerator to your plate. Think fresh fruits and veggies, smoothies, yogurt, sandwiches and salads. A cold soup like gazpacho can be wonderful on a hot day.
    • Tune the A/C– if you do use the air conditioner, make sure it is operating at its highest efficiency. That means a yearly tune up with a licensed A/C technician, clean air filters, and, if appropriate, an upgrade to a higher efficiency model.

    “Keep cool and carry on!”

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    Let's Talk Recycling

    Our board member Brian sent in this link with recycling news. "I heard this on Diane Rehm Show, NPR on Tuesday July 6th.  Thought it worth sharing with you."  Click here.

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    Science with a Side of Fun - The Mosaic Coastal Education Center

    by Alison Lueders, Great Green Content

    The Mosaic Company is well-known for its phosphate and potash businesses. These 2 substances, which are used in fertilizers, “help the world grow the food it needs” – an important mission in a world of 7 billion people. Many people also know that the Mosaic Company is a past winner of the Sustainable Business Awards here in Tampa Bay.

    The Mosaic Company runs a Coastal Education Center.
    The Mosaic Company runs a Coastal Education Center.

    Less well-known, but no less important is Mosaic’s Coastal Education Center in Tampa Bay. Located in Fiddler’s Cove at the mouth of the Alafia River, the Center is a hidden gem celebrating its 10th year in the community.

    Learning about science while having fun

    In 2015, some 1,100 4th grade students from Hillsborough and Manatee counties will visit the Center for hands-on learning about the environment. The Center’s location in an estuary (a transition zone between a river and the sea) makes it the perfect place to experience nature hikes, seine netting, crab hunts, a microscope lab, water quality testing, bird watching and much more. For many students, it’s a brand new experience in their own backyard.

    Fiddle crabs thrive at Mosaic's Coastal Education Center
    Fiddler crabs thrive at Mosaic's Coastal Education Center

    Trained Mosaic employees volunteer to talk to the students about the estuary. They cover a 7-chapter curriculum in a day, teaching students to identify different kinds of crabs, fish, snails and mangroves. Indeed, Fiddler’s Cove is named for the many fiddler crabs (pictured) that thrive along its banks.

    The day also includes a fossil identification activity that follows a lesson about the food chain and a discussion about phosphate.  They talk about the fact that industry and nature can coexist.

    Lasting benefits to the community

    The benefits of this Coastal Education Center go far beyond what the students learn in a day.

    • Mosaic’s “outdoor classroom” builds an appreciation of nature where students can see, touch, feel and smell the world around them in new and exciting ways.
    • Research shows that exposure to nature benefits kidsphysical and mental health.
    • The students learn about nature from a local company. That helps students bridge the often false divide between nature and business.

    So hats off to the Mosaic Company for bringing nature "to life" for our students!

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    2015 Winners Announced!

    June 3, 2015

    7th Annual Sustainable Business Awards June 10, 2015

     

    TAMPA, FL -- The Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay, Inc. and the University of Tampa Center for Ethics are proud to present the annual Sustainable Business Awards on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at the University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center. Now in their 7th year, the Sustainable Business Awards, sponsored by the Sustany Foundation, recognize and honor for-profit businesses in the Tampa Bay Area that engage in practices that increase economic opportunities and improve the environment and community.
    Businesses will be recognized for contributions in building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay, while embracing the “Triple Bottom Line” — advancing the interests of People, Planet & Profit through innovative practices, products and services. University of Tampa MBA students, under the guidance of UT faculty at the Sykes College of Business, developed an evaluation process based primarily on Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. Nominated businesses were evaluated by MBA students, who made recommendations to the Sustainable Business Coalition for the Award.
    Congratulations to the 2015 Sustainable Business Award Winners: Abby's Health & Nutrition; Accuform Manufacturing; Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters, Inc.; JJ Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc.; NaturZone Pest Control; Pasco Iron & Metal; Seminole Heights Community Acupuncture; Sykes Enterprises, Inc.

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