SENFC Newsletter

August 2021

SENFC North Florida Food Rescue!

"Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean recently coordinated a successful food rescue with the help of great partners. SENFC Board MemberVickie Corder, CMP, recounted, 'It takes a village to help a community! One in six people in Northeast Florida is food insecure and does not know where his/her next meal will come from. SENFC is working to help bridge the gap, rescuing food that would otherwise go to waste, and delivering it to charitable organizations in our communities.'”

Click HERE to Read our Full Press Release

Welcoming New Members of SENFC:

Andrea Acosta - GyoGreens - Joined June 15

Tyler Doute - GyoGreens - Joined June 15

Izabelle Lawston - GyoGreens - Joined June 15

Mercedes Hunt - Map & Compass Consulting - Joined June 16

Sarah Gabel - Silent Party USA - Joined July 5

Margie Longstreth - Five Star Senior Living - Joined July 14

Check Out this Article by Upstream on Reusable Cups at Events:

"As fans return to sporting arenas and concert-goers celebrate the return of music festivals, sustainability issues at events and venues are coming back into focus – specifically, the ever-present disposable plastic cup. 

Many attempts at solutions have been introduced, from bioplastic cups to reuse systems and now single-use aluminum. But there has been no clear scientific consensus as to which options have the greatest environmental impact and which options have the least – until now."

Click HERE to Read the Full Article

Our Partner Spotlights:

Skal International is comprised of over 16,000 members and 400 clubs in 89 nations.

Skål is the only international organization which brings together all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Representing the industry’s managers and executives, Skålleagues meet at local, national and international levels in an environment of friendship to discuss subjects of common interest.

Skal International, founded in 1932, is an international organization of hospitality professionals. Skal International Miami, was founded in 1950 and hosted the World Congress in 2019 with over 550 attendees from 43 nations on the RCCL Symphony of the Seas.

Skal International Miami club meets on the second Tuesday of each month for a reception ($35.00 p.p.). However, due to Covid19, they have mostly zoom meetings.

Contact SKAL Miami chapter 2021:

Karin Andersen
President 2021
Skal International Miami Club

Email SKAL Miami

Call (305)-965-1280 for more information

To become a Skal Miami member for 2021:

The Miami chapter would like to support our local industry with a special annual fee.

Regular annual fee: $140.00

Special fee for unemployed hospitality workers and anyone who could use our assistance: $70.00 only

Please send an email for assistance to sign up.

Or go online and pay on their secured page.

Skal Miami hopes you will consider joining them and becoming a part of this prestigious Global Tourism Association.


United Against Poverty is a registered 501c3 nonprofit with campuses in Indian River County, Orlando, and St. Lucie County Florida. Their mission is to serve those in poverty by providing crisis care, case management, transformative education, food and household subsidy, employment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers.

United Against Poverty is a national organization providing families with both emergency food supplies and the opportunity to obtain highly subsidized groceries, including hygiene products, six days a week. Additionally, our Success Training for Employment Program (STEP) model is a holistic, multi-pronged approach that breaks the cycle of poverty through:

  • Offering immediate hunger relief.
  • Stabilizing crisis situations.
  • Saving families resources by using only a handling fee to those who income qualifies for food & hygiene items.
  • Restoring dignity, self-respect, and a sense of personal responsibility.
  • Helping people to lift themselves and their families UP! OUT! of the cycle of poverty to economic self-sufficiency.

Their organization is not affiliated with any religion or faith-based organization. However, those who work here do feel called to this type of mission-based vocation and our founders have embraced a long-term commitment to help families break the cycle of poverty. The backbone of the Member Share Grocery program is to restore respect and dignity to the individual and to provide a solution to our clients’ ongoing poverty situation; allowing them to make a contribution of a handling fee and in exchange, they are given the power as well as have the opportunity to make nutritional choices for what they and their family members need. The majority of our clients want to be part of the solution and many volunteer their time. In addition, we often hire employees for our programs operations from this volunteer pool, providing an employment opportunity and on-the-job training that often springboards into long-term employment within the community.

"Sustainability: Not Just a Buzz Word"

Click here to read this article by Stella Rankin.

"Previously, sustainability was only significant for businesses that included green efforts in their customer-facing image, emphasizing this in marketing materials to try and capture a specific demographic. A company's sustainability practices, and pledges have become factors in deciding what vendors and companies to partner with." 

Jobs in Sustainability!

Click on these current job opportunities in the sustainability field to learn more:

Welcoming New Partners of SENFC:


Members United for Sustainable Events


North Florida Green Chamber

Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton: How (And Why) To Start A Green Team

To Read the Full Interview with Dr. Benton Click HERE

Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton is also looking for more people to join the conversation, chime in with stories and ideas and contribute to building some events industry toolkits.

"We want to crowdsource case studies for the upcoming Society For Sustainable Events (SFSE) formerly GMICNCN leadership series, so we can have the best representation of the problems to address and opportunities and solutions to promote."  

CLICK HERE to share your story.

"Dr. Aurora Dawn Benton is the Founder of Astrapto, which offers courses, coaching, and consulting to advance sustainability in hospitality, events, travel, and other service industries.  Her passion is to make sustainability practical and positive for anyone who has a passion to drive positive impact through their organizations and supply change.  

Astrapto has just re-launched their online course called Sustainability is a Team Sport that helps individuals and organizations recruit, launch, and manage a green team. The course has three options: Self Guided, Guided Accountability Program, and Co-Hort Coaching Program.  Learn more, and register for the course here. MUSE members and readers get 30% (courses only) by using code MUSE30 at checkout. 

Participants of the course receive a step-by-step roadmap for recruiting and launching a green team, prioritizing initiatives, gaining traction, and overcoming objections."

Follow SENFC!

The Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean (SENFC) is the sustainability resource for individuals, associations, corporations, event planners and event venues in Florida and the Caribbean. Founded in 2017, SENFC strives to lead the meetings and events industry in the advancement of sustainable practices in Florida and the Caribbean.