Upcoming SENFC Events

July 19, 2022 @ 4pm ET

Educational Program: Applying the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to Your Meetings & Events

Presenter: Dr Soyoung Park,

Florida Atlantic University


Aug 4, 2022 @ 4pm ET

Virtual Networking:

Share your favorite Sustainable Wedding or Social Event idea

and learn many more...

Everyone plays!


What's the Story with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Introducing the 2022-23

SENFC Officers and Directors

July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Joanna Berens - President & Chief Zero Food Waste Enthusiast

Marianne Schmidhofer - President-Elect

Francis Purvey - Treasurer

Vickie Corder CMP - Director

Sue Flak - Director & Chief Recycling Enthusiast

Steven Pollock CMP - Director 

Learn more about them

Joanna Berens

SENFC President and Chief Zero Food Waste Enthusiast

"For many of us in SENFC, the pursuit of sustainable initiatives is our spiritual practice."

SENFC President's Message

Recently, I had the pleasure of watching Juilliard-trained, Grammy-winning music artist, Jon Batiste perform on the "Today Show" outdoor concert series and was struck by his mantra regarding his profession: "Music is his spiritual practice."  So simple and yet so powerful.

When I became President of SENFC on July 1, 2021, our Board of Directors had submitted their individual goals for the coming SENFC calendar year.  I streamlined them into two basic goals:  1) Expansion and 2) Engagement.  I am pleased to say that we have made progress in both areas!  While our membership has remained constant (100 members), our contact base has increased significantly and our bank balance is incrementally bigger too.  Thanks to the steadfast efforts of our Immediate Past President, Francis Purvey, we have achieved 501(c)(3) non-profit status as well.  And most importantly, we have engaged more people than ever before, not only with attendance at our top-notch education sessions and virtual networking events, but through committee involvement and industry and community outreach.

As I anticipate a second year as President & Chief Zero Food Waste Enthusiast, I look forward to watching our membership roster expand and our engagement continue to increase.  Which sustainable initiative drives you? Come onboard!

I am proud to share below the names of our fellow Sustainability Enthusiasts who have not only attended our regular events, but have also participated in our many initiatives during this past SENFC year.  (Inevitably, I will have missed someone, for which I apologize; let me know who you are!):

SENFC Board:  Joanna Berens, Vickie Corder, Sue Flak, Lisa Pickersgill, Steven Pollock (Founding President), Francis Purvey, Marianne Schmidhofer

SENFC Interns:  Emma Stroka, Kandy Marroquin

Education Committee:  Dan Cormany, Sue Flak, Sarah Gabel, Shonna Green, Kristen Mirabal, Soyoung Park, Steven Pollock, Marianne Schmidhofer

Finance:  Francis Purvey

Zero Food Waste Initiatives, Food Waste Prevention Week, Food Rescues and/or Community Fridges:  Kelly Babb, Joanna Berens, John Buschman, Vickie Corder, Xavier DeRoos, Kaliente Dixson, Deidre Everdij, Sue Flak, Mary Fleming, Nicole Furniss, Lauren Halpern, Steven Pollock, Marianne Schmidhofer

Communications:  Kandy Marroquin, Chad Midnight, Lisa Pickersgill, Francis Purvey, Emma Stroka

Membership:  Lisa Pickersgill, Francis Purvey, Kandy Marroquin

Recycling: Sue Flak

SENFC Representation at Industry Trade Shows or Speaker at Industry Events:  Joanna Berens, John Buschman, Vickie Corder, Molly Crouch, Xavier DeRoos, Danielle Dunfee, Eddie Dunsford, Michelle Dunsford, Mary Fleming, Sue Flak, Robin Frey, Sarah Gabel, Anna Hess, Loretta Noonan, Steven Pollock, Francis Purvey, Marianne Schmidhofer 

Student Engagement:  Jeff Benavides, Joanna Berens, John Buschman, Dan Cormany, Ron Gromoll, Sydney Miller, Soyoung Park, Lisa Pickersgill, Rosemary Prince, Francis Purvey, Peter Ricci, Jessica Wickey-Byrd

The Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity and can accept tax deductible donations. 

Click HERE to learn more...

SENFC Around the Community in June

SENFC was thrilled to partner with IDB Invest to help facilitate some sustainable initiatives for their Miami conference, "Sustainability Week 2022", at the Hilton Miami Downtown.  Several key leaders of the SENFC board weighed in with their input and feedback as the IDB team began their planning in late 2021.  The Zero Food Waste Committee met with the hotel and IDB planning team to discuss optimal F&B planning and ensure that a food rescue plan was in place.  Approximately 12 pans of food were "rescued" at the end of the conference, thanks to the hotel's partnership with Food Rescue US, and was served to Miami's local community.

Additionally, SENFC helped facilitate the re-purposing of the exquisite and unique cardboard trade show furniture, with the following organizations receiving the majority of the pieces:

1) Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

2)  Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

3)  Sustainable Events Network, Florida

& Caribbean

Each organization will utilize the pieces in as creative and optimal a way as possible and will also do their best to properly recycle or dispose of the pieces, once their usable "life" is over.

L to R: SENFC members - Joanna Berens, Anna Hess, Rosa Mendoza-Friedheim and Steven Pollock

SENFC co-hosted a "Sustainable Sea Luncheon" with NACE in Pompano Beach on June 20th with SENFC President, Joanna Berens as principal speaker on sustainability.

Thanks to NACE Broward-Palm Beach Chapter President, Anna Hess for inviting SENFC.

SENFC welcomes the opportunity to provide sustainability content for industry association events.

SENFC New & Renewing Individual Members

Yahaira Calero - JM Family Enterprises

Dan Cormany PhD - FIU (faculty)

Sarah Gabel - Green Girl Events

Shante Moncada - FAU (student)

Suzanne Morrell - Creating Environments

And Learn how to be a sustainability enthusiast and advocate

Summer Calendar of Events

July 14, 2022 (2pm ET) - What to do when all you see, eat, and listen to is Plastic (sponsored by the North Florida Green Chamber ($30)  Learn more

July 19,2022 (4pm ET) - SENFC Educational Program: Tying in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to your Meetings & Events  Register

July 21, 2022 (4pm ET)- "Using Biomimicry to Design New Business Practices" - a LIVE event sponsored by the North Florida Green Chamber.  To learn more and register , click HERE

August 4, 2022 (4pm ET) - SENFC Virtual Networking:  Learn more and bring your favorite sustainable wedding or social event tip. Register

August 25, 2022 (4pm ET) - LIVE EVENT: Using Biomimicry and

Bio-utilization to clean up our waste (sponsored by the North Florida Green Chamber Learn more

September 15, 2022 (2pm ET)Regenerative Development and the redesign of the human impact on Earth (sponsored by the North Florida Green Chamber ($30)  Learn more

United Nations Foundations calls Orlando a "Model City" in sustainability efforts 

In May 2022, the United Nations Foundation published a global spotlight on the City of Orlando and our local partners for our efforts as a leading city working to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a meaningful way. The article described real-world stories that showcase how the SDGs are being implemented here in Orlando, including a spotlight on Black Bee Honey, Infinite Zion Farms, IDEAS For Us and Fleet Farming, 15 Lightyears solar company and more.  Read the Article

Here's what Jade Mountain Resort in St Lucia has done to earn in its place in the Regenerative Travel community

We're familiar with terms such as cultural travel, sustainable travel, mass travel, adventure travel, health and wellness travel, group travel, revenge travel.

Another term that has recently emerged is regenerative travel. The name is not just a trend but a brand -- Regenerative Travel -- and it represents a corporation and collection of more than 30 independently owned luxury hotels and lodges in 24 countries dedicated to making travel a force for regenerating the planet.  Read more from 'Travel Weekly'

Concert Tours Are Cutting Carbon Footprints in Creative Ways

From kinetic dance floors to vegan concessions, here’s how artists and bands are producing sustainable shows.  Read More at Bizbash.com