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Nature and culture in spotlight at 2023 EcoSummit and Green Living Expo

Nature and culture in spotlight at 2023 EcoSummit and Green Living Expo

For more than two decades, the Science and Environment Council – a not-for-profit consortium of 43 science-based environmental and government organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties – has convened discussions, informed policy, and enhanced public awareness about conservation and sustainable practices to protect and restore the natural environment.

In early December, the SEC – in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension & Sustainability – presented the largest environmental event series ever produced on the Suncoast, designed to inspire the community to connect on environmental issues and engage in sustainable practices in their homes and businesses.

The EcoSummit on Dec. 5-6 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall featured solutions-oriented lectures, panel discussions, storytelling, and music. Dozens of national, regional, and local experts shared insights and future-forward solutions for recharging the environment and reducing human impacts.

Award-winning Australian documentary filmmaker and EcoSummit keynote speaker Damon Gameau.

“By working together to educate and activate the community, our hope is to bolster efforts to conserve and restore our treasured natural resources and protect quality of life for generations to come,” said Dr. Jennifer Shafer, SEC’s co-executive director. “We are thrilled at the success of the week’s events, are grateful to our sponsors and event attendees for their support and interest.”