USF Sarasota-Manatee lecture – How being green can save you green

On April 27, two experts will address the ways in which businesses can benefit from eco-friendly practices in the fourth lecture of the Environmental Economic lecture series at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).

The lecture, entitled “Business Sustainability,” is presented by USFSM’s College of Business and Institute for Public Policy and Leadership (IPPL) and will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

“Facilities and operations are critically important to a company’s sustainability plan,” said Judy Sedgeman, director of IPPL.  “In upcoming years we are going to see more of an urgency to turn companies green, utilize renewable energies and defend the climate.  We hope that this lecture helps business owners to effectively leverage and measure their efforts to achieve leadership in sustainability.”

The speakers for the event will be Michael R. Carlson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, president of Carlson Studio Architecture in Sarasota, and Julie Childers Henry, director of Conservation Enterprises Unlimited.

Michael Carlson is a graduate of Ball State’s College of Architecture & Planning and The Center for Energy Research/Education/Service. He serves as Chairman of the Green Business Leadership Council for the Greater Sarasota Area Chamber of Commerce and in 2010 was appointed to the Sarasota Housing Authority Board of Directors. As one of the first architects in Florida to achieve the LEED Accredited Professional designation, Carlson combines his diverse project experience with an ongoing dedication to quality through sustainable design and building practices.  His Sarasota-based firm, Carlson Studio Architecture, focuses on high performance design with every project and was responsible for designing the 2009 HGTV “Green Home.”

Julie Childers Henry is a current Fellow with the TogetherGreen program of the National Audubon Society, a member of the Green Committee of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.  She has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Conservation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and as a member of the Board of Directors and Conservation Committee Chair of the National Marine Educators Association.  Henry brings international experience as a Rotary cultural ambassador to both Australia and New Zealand.


The cost for the lecture is $15 and includes a box lunch. The lecture is co-sponsored by The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.  The series is designed to create a better informed public in order to make sensible political demands for energy and environmental policy changes.

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