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.


 

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

    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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    Students and the Straz - Creating a Sustainable Theater Space

    In 2015, the Sustany Sustainable Business Program (SSBP) dove in to help the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts  assess practices in several areas including lighting, energy, waste and data - its "sustainability profile," if you will.

    "The Straz" is a premier performance space that has graced Tampa Bay since 1987.

    The Straz is the second largest performing arts center in the Southeast.
    The Straz is the 2nd largest performing arts center in the Southeast.

    While the building is rich with history, it was designed at a time when energy efficiency and waste minimization were not top of mind. Today the facility welcomes some 500,000 patrons to 600 performances a year. But reaping the benefits of sustainable building design and operations in a 28-year-old building is a challenge.

    Sustany's Sustainable Business Program invited 8 students from the Patel College of Global Sustainability and 1 from the USF School of Geosciences to become Student Sustainability Specialists. Under the guidance of Janet Hall (Sustany Foundation Board member and founder of Hall Sustainability Consulting), they spent 12 weeks collecting and analyzing data about energy, lighting and waste at the Straz.

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    "First We Eat" Food Truck At Earth Day Celebration

    First We Eat offers delicious, local foods.
    First We Eat offers delicious, local foods.

    by Santosh Mathew

    Earth week and Earth Day are always interesting challenges.  While most people say they want to help save the environment, many find that making the necessary changes is hard.  So how do you take advantage of the attention around Earth Day? What will draw another person into the path of sustainability? Passion. Passion is simply the word that describes one’s bubbling up enough desire to act.

    Expressing a passion for sustainability - through food

    Two young men in Tampa Bay are showing their passion around sustainability by creating awareness through food. These two friends have nearly 20 years combined experience in professional kitchens. Their business, “First We Eat,” is an “emulsification” of love of food, friends, and farm-to-table concepts.  They really walk the walk, or on some days, drive their Food Truck.  By providing a “farm-to-table” sustainable offering in a nice mobile package, First We Eat  strives to break down barriers and make more people aware of the sustainability impacts of food.

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