October 2022

Our Next SENFC Events


November 3rd, 2022

@ 4:00pm ET 

SENFC Virtual Networking:"Bring and Share Your Favorite Sustainable Ideas for the Thanksgiving Holiday" 



November 15th, 2022 @ 4:00pm ET

SENFC Virtual Educational Program: "Zero Waste: One Event at a Time"



December 1st, 2022 @ 4:00pm ET

SENFC Virtual Networking:"Bring and Share Your Favorite Sustainable Libation Ideas for the Holidays"


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SENFC and Partners Supporting The Community

SENFC members Joanna Berens, Xavier DeRoos and John Buschman PhD join Elaine Fiore (second from left) of the Food Conservation Alliance at an event benefitting the Mobile School Pantry held at the Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida

  Cameron Macleish and Ellen Macleish, 

  360Eats at the ribbon cutting of

  Sustain-A-Bowl in Clearwater, Florida

 Free meals brought to food insecure communities 
using rescued food.

Recycle Derby - A successful race for recycling in Vero Beach, FL

In September every year, you can find teams racing homemade recyclable vehicles to bring g awareness to recycling and reducing recycling contamination. In 2022, nine teams competed for epic prizes and the Glory of being the lead recyclers in Vero Beach, Florida. It was a tight race, but one team stood out from the rest. "Top Gun" took first place including $500 cash and Beer for a Year. Coming in close 2nd place was "YabaDaba". This event is a fundraiser hosted to raise awareness of the Vero Goes Zero sustainability initiative led by Coastal Connections.

A Sustainable Gift Giving Guide for the Holidays

In the November SENFC newsletter we hope to publish a guide to sustainable personal and professional gift ideas.  If you have any suggestions please send them - with websites and photos if possible - to admin@senfc.org


Renewing Members

Julie Jacob - Evergreen Events

Sandi Jacobs - Life With Zest

William McBroom - St Augustine, Ponte  Vedra & The Beaches VCB

And Learn how to be a sustainability enthusiast and advocate

 November - December

Calendar of Events

November 3, 2022 (4:00pm ET) - SENFC Virtual Networking:"Bring Your Favorite Sustainable Idea for the Thanksgiving Holiday"  Register

November 6, 2022 (9:00am ET) - Coastal Cleanup at Sexton Plaza, Vero Beach (sponsored by Coastal Connections)  Learn more

November 15, 2022 (4:00pm ET) - SENFC Educational Program: "Zero Waste:  One Event at a Time"  Register

December 1, 2022 (4:00pm ET)SENFC Virtual Networking:"Bring Your Favorite Sustainable Libation during the Holidays"  Register

December 4, 2002 (4:00-6:00pm ET) - Holiday Community Clean Up in Jacksonville, Florida (sponsored by Beaches Go Green)  Learn more

8 Ways to Reuse/Recycle Pumpkins After Halloween

After Halloween often comes the unwanted task of disposing of old pumpkins.  Whether carved or not, there are plenty of ways to reuse or recycle pumpkins that can benefit you, wildlife, and even your garden.  These apply only to unpainted pumpkins, as the toxins in paint can be harmful to wildlife.  Learn more...

How to Greenwash Like a Pro 

A Satire as published in GreenBuzz, a free weekly newsletter. Subscribe here.

So, you want your company to be seen as sustainable? Great! You’re part of a growing movement. Appearing to be sustainable has become a priority inside many of the world’s largest companies. Companies that are genuine in whatever they do are "sustainable".  And companies that get really good at appearing sustainable are commonly referred to as "greenwashers."

You can become one, too.  Find out how...

Favorite Sustainable Hotels & Resorts in Florida and the Caribbean discussed at the SENFC Virtual Networking on October 3rd, 2022

- Westin Grand Cayman Resort - paper straws with sea turtles printed on them.  

- Marriott Sawgrass Resort and Spa - has executed event food rescues since 2018.

- The Palms Resort, Miami Beach - Volunteer opportunities, conserve water, and refillable soap, reclaimed furniture. Use EV Teslas to transport guests. Aluminum water bottles in rooms and has a garden.

- The Breakers, Palm Beach - participated in sustainable practices before it was becoming popular, on-site garden and a composting program. 

- Shores Resort, Daytona Beach - Sea turtle certified; No longer uses single use plastic, passes lighting requirements for sea turtles.

- Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba - Certified Carbon Neutral Resort and won the United Nations 2020 Climate Action Award for Climate Neutral Now.

- The Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach, Florida - Uses eco-friendly containers in bathroom, eliminated straws, and offers complimentary bicycles for guest use. EV charging station.

- Costa d"Este, Vero Beach, Florida - uses bamboo service-ware for poolside banquets and reusable containers.  Many in-room sustainable features.

SENFC member, Chad Midnight, and his father, John, developed a gravity-fed water delivery system that allows a large volume of potable water to be conveniently transported, stored and dispensed, ideal for festivals, road races and other events.  We have an Aqueduct system in Florida for free use.  Learn more or contact Aqueduct or SENFC

Celebrating the Heroes of the Reuse Movement

Presented in Circularity Weekly - a GreenBiz Newsletter

Presented by Upstream and Closed Loop Partners — supporters and experts on all things reusable — the Reusies celebrate the people, communities and organizations bringing reuse solutions to the world at large. 

Hundreds of submissions flooded in and were narrowed down to three finalists for each of the Reusies’ seven awards. Evaluating their innovation, impact and scale, eight judges selected winners that are shared with you today. 

Celebrate the winners of 2022 Reusies:

Google has made a small but significant change to its popular Maps app: Users can now choose the fastest route that will get them where they need to be using the least emissions possible, chief sustainability officer Kate Brandt said during a panel discussion at Climate Week in New York. 

IMEX America 2021 Receives EIC Sustainable Event Standards Certification

Last year's iteration of the trade show reached the platinum level of global standards for environment and social responsibility. More...

Can Companies Ever Move Past Incremental Approaches to Climate Action?

In climate, we sometimes expect incremental management tools to yield transformational outcomes.

We often hear from companies about what’s hindering their climate progress: “I don’t know what to do.” “I want to help but I have other priorities.” “I don’t know how ambitious I should be.” “I’m scared to act in case I’m criticized.” And the money topic: “I don’t have the funds to act.”

"Getting Going published by the management consulting firm Oliver Wyman and the nonprofit Climate Group, offers a “blueprint for a commercially smart climate transition.” Based on a series of interviews with practitioners around the world, and complemented by a quantitative survey, it examines some of the key barriers to companies’ progress in climate action and how they might be overcome.

Can Sustainability be Measured?

There have been thousands of efforts to define and measure sustainability in travel. Prince Harry, in partnership with TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Expedia, Google, Intrepid Travel and others, may have finally cracked the code.  More