Environmental Series

Environmental Series 2022 with University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences-Sarasota

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 3:30pm

Sara Kane-Green Living Tips for a Sustainable New Year

There are many opportunities for becoming more sustainable in our daily activities, but where should you start? This class will introduce ideas in the categories of energy, water, waste, transportation and food, help you prioritize what will work best for you and connect you with resources available in the community to get you started. Led by Sara Kane, an Extension staffer with 18-plus years in the environmental and sustainability arenas.

RSVP to Melinda Haney, 941.702.2597

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Thursday, March 17, 2022, 3:30pm

Armando Ubeda - Amazing Mangroves

 Aviva Senior Living, Kretzmer Center, 1951 N. Honore Ave

Armando J. Ubeda is a Florida Sea Grant Extension Agent in Sarasota with nearly 25 years of experience in marine education and conservation.  His interactive presentation will include an overview of what mangroves are, the native species of mangroves that we have in Florida, why they are so important for the health of Sarasota Bay, how mangroves protect our coastal communities, tips on what you can do to help conserve mangroves.

RSVP to Melinda Haney, 941.702.2597

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Thursday, April 21, 2022, 3:30pm

Katherine Clements-Shinrin-Yuku & the Health Benefits of Nature

Aviva Senior Living, Kretzmer Center, 1951 N. Honore Ave

Dr. Katherine is the ecology and natural resources educator with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota. She spends her days educating our community about wildlife, invasive plants and animals, and conservation of Florida’s ecosystems. As a former physician, she also enjoys offering presentations on the health benefits of spending time in nature which include a guided meditative nature experience called shinrin yoku, or forest bathing. We’ll start indoors, and then take ourselves outdoors for some moments of mindfulness!

RSVP to Melinda Haney, 941.702.2597

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Thursday, May 19, 2022, 3:30pm

Abbey Tyrna-The Future of Water

Aviva Senior Living, Kretzmer Center, 1951 N. Honore Ave

Dr. Abbey is a Water Resources Extension Agent with nearly 20 years of experience in water education.  Her presentation will include an overview of where our tap water comes from, the treatment process, water supply and future needs.  Participants will compare their tap water with bottled water via a blind taste test.  The presentation will conclude with a review of the annual water quality report, tips on how to conserve water, and Q & A.

RSVP to Melinda Haney, 941.702.2597

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Thursday, June 16, 2022, 3:30pm

Carol Wyatt-Evens-Incredible Insects

Aviva Senior Living, Kretzmer Center, 1951 N. Honore Ave

Scientists have identified more than 1 million species of insects globally—including 12,500 in Florida alone—and estimated millions more have yet to be discovered. Join Carol Wyatt-Evens, an Extension agent with 17-plus years’ experience in the pest control arena, to learn more about what makes insects vital, why they are key to functional ecosystems, their role as food for other creatures, pollinators, nutrient recyclers, and more, plus how to conserve these six-legged crawlers.

RSVP to Melinda Haney, 941.702.2597

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Thursday, July 21, 2022, 3:30pm

Randy Penn-Recycle Right

Aviva Senior Living, Kretzmer Center, 1951 N. Honore Ave

Randy Penn is a waste reduction agent with UF/IFAS Extension in Sarasota County.  His programs focus on recycling, composting, and waste reduction strategies.  He also is the coordinator of the Sarasota County Green Business Partnership, a program that works with businesses to implement environmental practices in your workplace.  This presentation will discuss the issues of waste reduction and recycling, and explore steps you can take to help create a healthier Sarasota County. Free to the public.

RSVP to Melinda Haney, 941.702.2597

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Rhonda ZimmermanResident's Daughter

I just wanted to let you know that things went better than we could have imagined. My wife and I spent the weekend getting my dad’s room all set up. Your staff is just wonderful. Every single person we met made us feel like my dad is going to do so well here. Everyone cares and that kind of universal culture only comes if it’s driven from the top down. I cannot tell you how we relieved we are that my pop is in a place where he’ll be taken care of so well. We dropped off dad yesterday morning. Debbie set up a lunch “date” with a resident, Jack, whom she thought would be a nice person to get him integrated into the “family”. It was a great call. We slipped out while they ate but not before sneaking a peak at their table and seeing everyone happily engaged like new friends. We followed Debbie to her office, pausing at the door to hug, cry (okay that was just me) and let out a huge sigh of relief. My mom said that she could finally breathe again. You guys are a blessing, and we could not be more happy or comfortable with the thought of dad under your care.

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