Upcoming SENFC Events


June 2, 2022 @ 4pm ET


Virtual Networking:

Bring your favorite Sustainable Summer Entertaining idea...


July 19, 2022 @ 4pm ET

Educational Program: Learning the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Aug 4, 2022 @4pm ET


Virtual Networking:

Bring your favorite Sustainable Wedding or Social Event idea...

Virtual Educational Program Recap: 

Event Gardening at Sustainable Venues

On May 17th 2022 SENFC hosted a very unique education session on Event Gardening at Sustainable Venues.The practice of growing herbs, vegetables and even fruit onsite at event venues is gaining popularity. These gardens nearly eliminate any carbon footprint by yielding food that is as “locally sourced” as you can get. They enhance the ambiance for the guest experience, add “collateral” to the venue’s sustainability marketing campaigns, and even have a positive financial ROI.

We heard from a panel of some of Florida’s leaders in growing herbs, vegetables and fruit onsite at event venues:

Moderator Danielle Dunfee is the Regional Director of Group Sales - Southeast & Canada for Posadas USA. Danielle’s background in sustainable agricultural includes being a leader with the Boca Raton Community Garden and, in the Bahamas, an organizer of the Bimini Eco-Movement.

Jason McCobb, fondly known as “Farmer Jay”, is a sustainable agriculture expert at Farmer Jay Pure Organics. He shared his passion for not only developing a healthy food source but creating spaces that are attractive enhancements of the venue. He explained if you are going to landscape, why not plant food instead of plants that are simply ornamental.

Molly Crouch, with Sodexo Live!, is the Corporate Director of Sustainability for North America. She reviewed the administrative planning and approval process to place tower gardens in the Orange County Convention Center.

Diego Dutra is the Owner & Grower with Urban Smart Farms. His company provided and maintains the aeroponic towers that grow fresh greens and herbs inside the Orange County Convention Center. The panelists presented the site logistics, types and quantities of herbs and produce grown, and costs & ROI. 

To learn all about onsite gardening at your venue, click HERE to watch the information-packed video recording of this presentation, as well as any prior presentations.

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 Activities Around the Region

SENFC Board Member, Sue Flak and helpers utilized SENFC corporate member Aqueduct Water Systems tool for mass water distribution after the Tipsy Turtle Road Race sponsored by Coastal Connections in Vero Beach.

SENFC President, Joanna Berens, was invited to speak on "Sustainable Tourism" at the North America Skal Congress in Orlando.  Steve Vinciguerra, President of Skal Orlando, commented "She was terrific and I am sure the information she provided will be useful to all attendees."

SENFC New & Renewing Individual Members


Dahlton Bennington - Profound Planning

Joost de Meyer - First Incentive Travel

Kallente Dixson - Florida Sheriffs Association

Robin Frey - HelmsBriscoe

Kandy Marroquin - Flagler College

Francis Purvey - Sunlark Associates

Joni Roberts - Evolution University

SENFC New & Renewing Corporate Members


Joanna Berens - Joanna Berens Hospitality

Julie Dermis - Experience Kissimmee

Lindy Long - HelmsBriscoe

Steven Pollock - HelmsBriscoe

Christopher Gero Prado - HelmsBriscoe

Ashley Schmidt - Experience Kissimmee

Dyhalma Torres - HelmsBriscoe

Melissa Villajo - Experience Kissimmee

Welcome to our new intern: Kandy Marroquin

A Flagler College Class of 2023 student majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management,  Kandy will be the SENFC intern through her graduation and will be helping out with member-care, education and communications.  At the same time, we will be fostering her involvement and growth in event management, organization structure and best sustainability practices.  Welcome Kandy!

June Calendar of Events

June 2, 2022 - SENFC Round Table Forum: Sustainable Summer Entertaining REGISTER

June 8, 2022 World Oceans Day  Learn More

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

Sustainability Momentum Builds for Corporate Travel and Meeting Management According to New Research from GBTA and Cvent

The new study shows companies are taking early action but identifies further opportunities to make business travel and meetings more sustainable.

Company-hosted meetings and events incorporate sustainable practices. Most cited are serving locally sourced food (32%), using recyclable packaging (31%), and replacing plastic cutlery with real flatware (30%).

The role of sustainability in supplier sourcing. Of the respondents who say their company sends out hotel RFPs, half (54%) include sustainability-related questions “most of the time” or “all of the time.” 

For the full report go click HERE

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