• 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 a non-profit 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!

  • 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.

  • The Sustainable Buzz

    The Sustainable Buzz

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

62-2279b08f7th Annual Sustainable Business Awards

The 2015 Sustainable Business Awards will be  held at the University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center.

Nominate  a Non-Profit Organization. Click here for details.



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

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

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The Latest News from ThinkSustany Blog

    Students Serve as Sustainability Consultants for Straz Center

    Feb 11, 2015, From Patel College of Global Sustainability:


    The Sustany Sustainable Business Program was developed by the Sustany Foundation in 2012 to help local businesses realize the value of adopting sustainable business practices.

    On January 28th, 2015, students from the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability and USF School of Geosciences started the first leg of a 12-week internship to assess sustainability practices at the Straz Center as part of the Sustany Sustainable Business Program (SSBP).

    The SSBP, established by the Sustany Foundation in 2012, was developed to help local businesses realize the value of adopting sustainable business practices while concurrently allowing college students to gain real world experience as sustainable consultants.

    In 2014, the SSBP matched student sustainability specialists with a single organization, leading 10 businesses in the Tampa Downtown Partnership district to be designated as City of Tampa Green Businesses. This year, the format has altered slightly to allow nine students to work together in teams in order to assist a single, large organization.

    The Straz Center, the second largest performing arts complex in the southeastern region, was selected in order to further sustainably-focused research specific to high-traffic venues such as energy efficiency, waste management, environmental impact, and understanding the supporting data.

    Janet Hall, founder of Hall Sustainability Consulting LLC and member of the Sustany Foundation Board of Directors, led the internship orientation.

    “I am excited to be able to work with another group of amazing students from USF, and provide them with real-world work experience in sustainable business practices,” said Janet Hall. “We’ll not only be looking at the challenges inherent to a high traffic venue, like the physical design of the building, lighting aesthetics and waste management, but also how to communicate this community-wide in order to have a positive impact on everyone who engages with The Straz. A Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) will be written that includes the economic, environmental and social impact of student-recommended suggestions for creating a Sustainable Straz.”

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    Climate Change’s Bottom Line

    Burt Helm in the New York Times writes:

    It was 8 degrees in Minneapolis on a recent January day, and out on Interstate 394, snow whipped against the windshields of drivers on their morning commutes. But inside the offices of Cargill, the food conglomerate, Greg Page, the company’s executive chairman, felt compelled to talk about global warming.

    “It would be irresponsible not to contemplate it,” Mr. Page said, bundled up in a wool sport coat layered over a zip-up sweater. “I’m 63 years old, and I’ve grown up in the upper latitudes. I’ve seen too much change to presume we might not get more.”

    Mr. Page is not a typical environmental activist. He says he doesn’t know — or particularly care — whether human activity causes climate change. He doesn’t give much serious thought to apocalyptic predictions of unbearably hot summers and endless storms.

    But over the last nine months, he has lobbied members of Congress and urged farmers to take climate change seriously. He says that over the next 50 years, if nothing is done, crop yields in many states will most likely fall, the costs of cooling chicken farms will rise and floods will more frequently swamp the railroads that transport food in the United States. He wants American agribusiness to be ready.

    Mr. Page is a member of the Risky Business Project, an unusual collection of business and policy leaders determined to prepare American companies for climate change. It’s a prestigious club, counting a former senator, five former White House cabinet members, two former mayors and two billionaires in the group. The 10 men and women who serve on the governing committee don’t agree on much. Some are Democrats, some Republicans.

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    Green Business Certifications - What's Out There?

    by Alison Lueders, Great Green Content

    Get going on your green business resolutions

    As the new year starts, many businesses are already working to become more sustainable. Whether implementing programs around energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, and more, there are endless ways to create products and services with a lighter carbon footprint.

    Many businesses make the most of those efforts by earning a green business certification to stand apart from competitors and make it easy for “green” consumers to find them.

    There are many green business certifications out there.

    There are many green business certifications out there.

    The good news - businesses don’t have to go it alone

    There are many resources available to businesses to both guide and recognize their efforts. For example:

    • In Tampa Bay, the Sustainable Business Program (powered by Sustany) matches businesses with University of Tampa students who analyze their operations and recommend the most effective actions, from a lighting retro-fit to a recycling program. This year, Sustany will help the Straz Center for the Performing Arts save a ton of money (and greenhouse gas emissions) by replacing their incandescent lights with LEDs.
    • Tampa also has The Sustainable Business Coalition, which has conducted an annual awards ceremony since 2007 that recognizes small, medium and large businesses for their sustainable practices.
    • In Pinellas, the Green Business Partnership provides a voluntary assessment that businesses and local governments can use to focus their sustainable practices. Offered through the University of Florida/IFAS Pinellas County Extension, it encourages conservation of resources, waste reduction, and energy conservation.
    • The State of Florida has no overarching green business certification program, leading places like Miami and Sarasota to develop their own certification programs. It’s worth checking your city or county website to see if they offer resources for green businesses.
    • At the national level, it’s a patchwork. For big businesses, there are business rankings, like Newsweek’s. The methodology behind the rankings has changed in recent years, causing confusion and frustration in the business community. There are certification programs like Green America’s Green Business Network and the Green Business Bureau. These tend to cater to smaller businesses. And there are government certifications, not so much for the businesses themselves as for their products and services: like the USDA Organics program or the Energy Star label.


    According to a recent MIT Sloan report, “Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership in Sustainability,” collaborations between business and academia, business and government, and even between businesses who normally compete are key to creating a sustainable economy. And green business certification programs are one area where such collaborations can pay off quickly.

    Team up and do it

    There are many businesses on the path to Green Business Certification right now. Join them, and see your business become a deeper shade of green by year end!

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    Sustainable Buzz Photos in Tampa Bay Times

    Andrew McIntosh, a founder of the Sustainable Business Coalition, left, and Sustany Foundation members David Reed, Andrea Cheney and Janet Hall thank supporters like Tampa economic opportunity administrator Bob McDonaugh.

    Andrew McIntosh, a founder of the Sustainable Business Coalition, left, and Sustany Foundation members David Reed, Andrea Cheney and Janet Hall thank supporters like Tampa economic opportunity administrator Bob McDonaugh.

    Photographer Amy Scherzer's Diary: A weekly wrap-up of the Tampa social scene had this to say about the Buzz:

    Grow and thrive, but protect and sustain. That's the Sustany Foundation's message, served to nearly 1,000 like-minded folks at its seventh annual Sustainable Buzz. Locally sourced, organic, fresh and natural were the buzzwords as 40-plus restaurants, wine stewards and brewmasters converged at the Straz Center on Nov. 13.

    Urban Juice Co. poured its cold-pressed lineup. Squeeze featured a seasonal pomegranate juice they call Santa's Little Helper. Maestro's grilled sustainable amberjack tacos; the Wine Bistro ladled farm-to-table gazpacho; Anise Gastropub curried coconut butternut squash soup. Hydroponic greens enhanced everything made by chef Bryan Gallagher of First We Eat.

    Generous pours included Two Henry's blueberry jalapeno beer made with Plant City berries and Barley Mow's Nipperkin, a dark porter brewed just for the event. St. Pete Distillery dashed cinnamon and nutmeg on its pumpkin spiced rum and mango punch.

    VIP ticket-buyers got a special treat: a moonlit river cruise on an e-boat with Josh Dohring.

    See more photos here!

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