SENFC Newsletter

September 2021



Join us on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 4-5 PM EST. The session will be in recognition of EPA America Recycles Day November 15. Hear from subject matter experts who are making significant headway in policy changes, community outreach and public perception on recycling. As well as successful programs to reduce, reuse and repurpose within businesses and individual households.  Stay tuned for more information to come!


There are opportunities to participate and become engaged with our Membership, Communications, and Education Enthusiasts (Committees). In addition, SENFC will be assisting MPI Florida to ensure the MPI SES 2022 Conference is sustainable, and a special sub-committee has been established to that end.  Active volunteers are encouraged to reach out to SENFC at if you can commit to any of these endeavors. This can be a learning exercise or an opportunity to share your expertise!

Welcoming New Members of SENFC:

Sylvia Raymond - USF at St. Pete, College of Business

Nicole Furniss - Party with a Purpose

Patricia Aguilar - FIU

Orlando Addresses US Sustainable Development Goals

The City of Orlando's has published its first ever Voluntary Local Review (VLR). In partnership with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, which assesses the City of Orlando's progress towards meeting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)This VLR showcases Orlando’s leadership, innovation and commitment to an agenda that leaves no one behind and takes ambitious action on climate change. 

In the announcement Orlando’s Mayor, Buddy Dyer, commented,"Addressing a progressive climate agenda and advancing equity requires a collective, regional, and cross-sector mentality. Alongside the City of Orlando's work, the VLR highlights multiple organizations tackling the world's most pressing problems. We are thankful to all of our partners, residents, and businesses that are leading the way to ensure Orlando is an equitable, resilient, environmentally friendly, and economically-vibrant community for all." 

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of the Month:

September - #2 Zero Hunger

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.

This month we are looking specifically at Goal 2 - Zero Hunger. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people experiencing hunger globally and suffering from food insecurity had been rising gradually since 2014. The pandemic has increased the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of global food systems, potentially leaving hundreds of millions more people chronically undernourished and making the goal of ending hunger more difficult to achieve. Between 83 and 132 million more people may already have been pushed into chronic hunger in 2020. In addition, countries and territories around the world continue to struggle with multiple forms of malnutrition.

Royal Caribbean 2020

"Seastainability" Report

"At its core, tourism depends on the beauty of the environment. Our guests want to explore and discover new cultures and locations and we want to do our part to make sure that these destinations continue to thrive. We do that by working with local governments, tourism businesses, communities, and our guests. Through this multi-stakeholder approach, we are collectively moving towards more sustainable business practices and in turn destinations." 

Our Partner Spotlights:

Skål is the only international organization that brings together all branches of the travel and tourism industry. Representing the industry’s managers and executives, Skål leagues meet at local, national and international levels in an environment of friendship to discuss subjects of common interest.  The first Club was founded in Paris in 1932 by travel trade managers who had been on an educational tour of Scandinavia and the idea of international friendship gained such popularity that in 1934, Skål achieved international status with the formation of the Association Internationale des Skål Clubs (A.I.S.C.), on the initiative of the first President of the Paris Skål Club and the man considered the “Father of Skål”, Florimond Volckaert.

From that modest beginning, Skål now has more than 15,000 members in over 360 Clubs, spread throughout 80 countries. Membership in Skål is open to qualified persons in a senior or executive position in the travel and tourism industry.  Skal Orlando's next event will be on October 12th at 6pm at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management.  The speaker will be Dr. Youcheng Wang, Dean of the College of Hospitality Management.

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Oceanic Global inspires us to care deeply for the ocean and provides solutions to protect it. The international NGO sheds light on humanity’s essential relationship to the ocean and empowers individuals, communities, and industries to create positive change. Oceanic Global creates educational experiences, consults on sustainable operations, and engages local communities to generate measurable impact for our collective wellbeing.

Source - Oceanic Global

After three years of implementing our industry solutions program, TOS, we took a step back to reflect on our learnings and refine the program to create a truly scalable solution and community-oriented program that is based on transparency and is applicable to all businesses. We’re thrilled to introduce you to our new program—the Blue Standard (launching October 4th)! Blue is a first-of-its-kind, cross-industry standard that empowers businesses to create balance with the natural world & establishes universal accountability and cohesive benchmarks for sustainable business leadership across industries.

We’d Appreciate Your Support

Our goal is to engage as many businesses as possible in implementing Blue solutions. As a longstanding supporter of our work & champion of sustainable solutions for our blue planet, we’d love your support in amplifying the launch of Blue with your community (on October 4th or soon afterward)! Our Launch Marketing Toolkit contains suggested language & assets for use.

Save the Date

We’d also love to invite you to our virtual event, happening on October 7th at both Noon and Midnight EDT. The event will more unveil the Blue Standard
 & feature industry experts to discuss solutions for building a more balanced future that meets both business and environmental needs. If you’re interested in tuning in, you can RSVP here! Additionally, if you would be open to amplifying these innovative solutions for the events industry by crossposting the event’s Facebook Livestream, please let us know!

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The registration deadline for FIU's Sea Level Solutions Day is Monday, October 4th at 11:59pm.

Marriott International - 2021 Serve 360 Report

Marriott International, Inc. released its 2021 Serve 360 Report presenting data from 2020 and demonstrating its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) efforts toward the company’s 2025 Sustainability and Social Impact Goals. In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Marriott’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, guides the company’s commitment to make a positive and sustainable impact wherever it does business, delivering value for associates, customers, owners, the environment, and communities around the world.

Jobs in Sustainability!

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

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.