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...


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.

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

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SENFC Around the Community in May

At the Little Orange Creek Nature Park in Hawthorne,Florida (Alachua County) and sponsored by the Friends of Little Orange Creek, Nature Day Celebrations featured nature walks, demonstrations, local arts and crafts, and musical entertainment.  To provide information and help wth sustainability, SENFC was represented by our members and environmental enthusiasts - Robin Frey, a HelmsBriscoe associate; Eddie Dunsford of Colmena and Michelle Dunsford of American Meeting & Management.

Sustainable Summer Entertaining Tips

As shared by participants at the SENFC 6/2/22 Virtual Networking Program

1) Keep a compost bin available for food scraps

2) Use re-usable plasticware

3) Encourage guests to bring leftovers home with them

4) Make your own beverages in large jugs that are re-usable versus individual bottled beverages

5) Seaweed Straws!  (they last 4 hours)

6) Try to re-purpose props for multiple events; don't just use them once

7) Save old flatware sets and turn them into bulk flatware saved for large parties (versus single use disposable)

8) Re-use old glassware for parties

9) Serve plant-based menu items; avoid serving animal products

10) Grilled veggies, such as a carrot, can double as meat items (portobello steak, carrot hot dog, veggie burger) - it's all about the toppings and the bun anyway!

11) Cobbler, cobbler, cobbler - find a good recipe and make it often with all kinds of berries, peaches, apples and fruits that are on their way to spoiling.  Offer vanilla ice cream to go with it!

12) Bio-degradable balloons OR avoid balloons altogether

13) Sustainable centerpieces - plants, potted flowers, edibles or giftables OR those old props from previous events!

14) Have fun and gather safely!

SENFC Member of the Month

Dr. John Buschman, active member of SENFC and Co-Director of the Global Sustainability Program at FIU was recently awarded the University's Sustainability Award.  This award is given to a faculty member, administrator or staff, who has supported sustainability and respect for the environment.

John has been a leader in food rescue around the community including from Sobe Wine & Food Festival and other festivals; has been instrumental in the university's composting projects and has supported the FIU Student Food Pantry.

Congratulations John!

SENFC President Speaks Out 

In Case You Missed It

Prevue magazine invited SENFC President, Joanna Berens, to speak  on a panel exemplifying "A New Era of CSR & Teambuilding". 

This webinar explored the 4 Ps of meaningful CSR efforts:

- Professional Implementation

- Powerful Impact

- Passionate and sincere connections

- Purposeful tie-ins

Watch the Recording

SENFC New & Renewing Individual Members

Dina Belon - Pineapple Hospitality

Dr.John Buschman - FIU

Mercedes Hunt - May & Compass Consulting

Carol Kimsey - Ponte Vedra Lodge & Club

Rosa Mendoza - Vista South Convention Svces

Paul Steen - HelmsBriscoe

And Learn how to be a sustainability enthusiast and advocate

Summer Calendar of Events

June 16, 2022 - "Using Biomimicry to Create Sustainable Products" - a LIVE event sponsored by the North Florida Green Chamber.  To learn more and register , click HERE

June 20, 2022 - SENFC & NACE Broward & Palm Beach Chapter's Sustainable Sea Luncheon Learn More

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

July 21, 2022 - "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 2, 2022 (4pmET) - SENFC Virtual Networking:  Learn more and bring your favorite sustainable wedding or social event tip. Register

The ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all. Yet its health is at a tipping point and so is the well-being of all that depends on it. As the past years have shown us, we need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean that no longer depletes its bounty but instead restores its vibrancy and brings it new life.

UN World Oceans Day  June 8

The United Nations World Oceans Day 2022 — hosted by the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, with the generous contribution of Oceanic Global, which is made possible by La Mer  shed light on the communities, ideas, and solutions that are working together to protect and revitalize the ocean and everything it sustains.

Watch the Presentations

--- Sustainable SWAG Idea ---

ChicoBag has bags, packs & totes that stuff into a built-in pouch and all made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.  Our friend and sustainability enthusiast, Vicki Ascione, recently provided them for meeting attendees and got rave reviews. Contact her at victoria@veventmgmt.com for more information.

What is a Responsible Travel Company?

According to Accenture "Seventy-three percent of executives agreed that 'becoming a truly sustainable and responsible business' is a high priority in the coming years, and investors are putting the topic of sustainability higher on the agenda than ever before.  As Accenture frames it, a responsible travel company is one that has a clear environmental strategy to achieve net-zero emissions and zero waste, a social action plan to increase diversity, inclusion, and community well-being, and a governance structure that embeds sustainability across the core business and links executive compensation to meaningful progress on sustainability metrics.  Read More...