Conference on Sustainability - International Sarasota Sister Cities


International Sarasota Sister City Conference on Sustainability

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The International Sarasota Sister City Conference on Sustainability will be held at the University of South Florida-Sarasota/Manatee, November 13-15, 2013. The Public is welcome to join us for Outstanding Presentations by Experts from around the World. 

The conference will be of interest to a wide segment of the public from Students and Teachers to Government employees and Business Owners. Get the latest information on sustainable communities, sustainable tourism, sustainable business innovation, solar energy and sustainable aquaculture. The cost of the conference is only $75.00 and free for students.  
The Conference is sponsored by the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota and the University of South Florida Sarasota / Manatee. Sarasota a great place to visit and we look forward to meeting you at the conference.

Dr. Ray Young
Conference Director

International Sustainability Conference
To Be Held At The
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Sister Cities Association of Sarasota has teamed with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to host a major three-day conference on “Sustainability Through Renewable Energy & Aquaculture” Nov. 13-15, 2013 in USFSM's Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.  
The goal of the conference is to bring together both professionals and students from Florida and internationally with Sarasota’s Sister Cities in a forum based on Sustainability.  “One of the major missions of Sarasota Sister Cities Association (SCAS) is to foster international relationships through exchanges in areas of business, culture and education,” stated SCAS President Beth Ruyle Hullinger. “SCAS’s objective is to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy.”
The conference will focus on three individual topics:
  • Sustainability, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 13
  • Renewable Energy Alternatives, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 14
  • Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 15

Topics covered will include:
  • Sustainability - exploring sustainability concepts; sustainable communities; sustainability management; sustainable agriculture, and water sustainability.
  • Renewable Energy Alternatives - exploring new developments in solar energy; photovoltaics; fuels from biomass, and ocean wave technology.
  • Sustainability of Ocean Resources - exploring closed circuit, non-polluting aquaculture, aquaculture practices and aquaculture of giant prawns, sturgeon, and caviar.

Information on speakers:

The conference will involve presentations by international universities from five of Sarasota’s Sister Cities (Dunfermline, Scotland; Merida, Mexico; Perpignan, France, Tel Mond, Israel and Xiamen, China); seven Florida universities or colleges; three regional businesses; plus the Florida Department of Energy; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency and Mote Marine Laboratory. 

The introductory speaker for the Sustainability sessions Nov. 13 will be Patrick Sheehan, director of Florida’s Office of Energy in Tallahassee. Other speakers for this session will represent the Institute for Eco-Municipality Educations & Assistance in Cambridge, MA and Umea Sweden; The Walt Disney Company, Orlando; the Patel School of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida (Tampa); State College of Florida; New College of Florida; the University of Florida; and Ringling College of Art & Design.

Keynote speaker for the Renewable Energy sessions on Nov. 14 will be Energy Consultant and Lecturer Michael Alexy. Other presentations will be made by representatives of the University of Perpignan of Perpignan, France; the Florida Solar Energy Center of the University of Central Florida; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the Brilliant Harvest Company, Sarasota; Carnegie College & Whitlock Energy Collaboration Center of Dunfermline, Scotland, and Safrema Energy of Lakewood Ranch.

Keynote speaker for the Sustainability of Ocean & Water Resources sessions on Nov. 15 will be Russell Dunn of the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency (NOAA). Other presentations will be made by representatives of the University of the Yucatan of Merida, Mexico; Jimei University of Xiamen, China; the Israeli Institute of Technology; Mote Marine Laboratories, and Florida Organic Aquaculture of Jupiter, FL.

Attendance is open to the public, but requires registration. Full registration for the 3-day conference is $75. An option for attending select daily sessions is $30 per day. Lunch is included for those with paid registrations on Nov 13 and 14. College and high school students may register at no cost. Lunch will not be provided to college or high school students registered to attend the sessions at no cost.

Details on registration will be available Oct 1 at:


About Sarasota Sister Cities (SCAS)
We have friends in places you have never been
The mission of Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, Inc. (SCAS) is to foster international relationships between Sarasota and cities that have similar interests by creating exchanges in areas of culture, education, tourism, business and government. SCAS’s objective is to develop respect, understanding and cooperation through citizen diplomacy. To accomplish this mission we develop relationships with people in cities that have cultural, education, tourism and business environments similar to Sarasota’s. Working outside the realm of government, but with its support, we encourage and facilitate cultural and education exchanges, business opportunities and increased tourism.

About University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM)
The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is a comprehensive, four-year university for those interested in pursuing a baccalaureate or master’s degree, professional certification, or continuing education credit. USFSM offers the prestige of a nationally ranked research university with the convenience of a hometown location, including classes in North Port and Manatee County.

Media Contact:

Tom Halbert
Immediate Past President
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota
941-485-8596 (Primary)
941-4160-0486 (Cell)

Conference Contact:
Ray Young
Vice President - Education
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota

International Conference
Sustainability Through Renewable Energy & Aquaculture
Sarasota Sister Cities Association
University of South Florida-Sarasota/Manatee
November 13-15, 2013

Morning Session
 8:00-9:00 am Conference Check-In
 9:00 Introduction – Dr. Raymond A. Young, Sarasota Sister Cities Assn.
         Welcoming Remarks
         Patrick Sheehan
         Director, Florida Office of Energy, Dept of Agriculture & Consumerism
 9:30 Keynote Address: Sustainability Business Innovation
         Prof. Sharon Hanna-West
         School of Sustainability, University of South Florida-Tampa
10:00 Issues for Sustainable Management
         Prof. Adrienne Gould-Choquette, State College of Florida-Venice
10:30 Break
11:00 The Eco-Municipality Movement in Sweden and the USA
          Sarah James & Torbjörn Lahti, Institute for Eco-Muncipality Education      
                               & Assistance, Cambridge, MA & Umea, Sweden
11:30 Sustainable Communities
          Prof. David Brain, New College of Florida, Sarasota
12:00  Programs for Sustainable Buildings in Treviso Province, Italy
Antonio Zonta, Treviso Province Administration, Treviso, Italy
12:30-1:30  Lunch
Afternoon Session
 1:30   The Walt Disney Company: A Case Study in Sustainable Tourism
            Dr. David RandlePatel School of Global Sustainability, USF-Tampa
 2:00    Valuing Nature's Service – Green Infrastructure and Economics of
 Ecosystem ServicesProf. Tim Rumage, Ringling College of Art & Design
 2:30    Improving the Quality of Desalinated Seawater
            Prof. Ori Lahav, Technion-Israel Inst. of Technology (Haifa, Israel)
 3:00    Energy Solutions With Sustainable Agriculture Practices
            Roy Beckford , University of Florida-Extension, Ft Myers, FL

Morning Session
 9:00   Opening – Nan Summers, USF-Sarasota/Manatee
           Keynote Address: Prognosis for Energy in a Sustainable Future
           Michael Alexy, Independent Consultant, Sarasota, FL
 9:30   Solar Energy Storage
           Prof. Xavier Py, Vice President, University of Perpignan (Perpignan, France)      
10:00  Retrofit Your Home & Drive for Free and PV on Your Roof & Pay
           Dr. James Fenton, Florida Solar Energy Ctr, Univ. of Central Florida
10:30  Break
11:00  Energy from Biomass
           Dr. Thomas Elder, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, (Pineville, Louisiana)
11:30  Transition to a Renewable Energy Economy
            Bill Johnson, Brilliant Harvest Co., Sarasota

12:00-1:00  Lunch

Afternoon Session
  1:00   Facing the Energy Skills Challenge
            Prof. Sandy Murray, Carnegie College & Whitlock Energy
            Collaboration Center (Dunfermline, Scotland)
 1:30    Energy from Ocean Currents
            Bruno Andreis, Safrema Energy LLC, Lakewood Ranch, FL
  2:00   Poster Session
Morning Session
   9:00   Opening – Prof. Erin Martin, USF-Sarasota/Manatee
             Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Jane Rose, Dean, Arts & Science
  Keynote Address: U.S. National Perspectives on Sustainable
  Fisheries and Aquaculture
  Russell Dunn, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration - Tampa
  9:30    The Yucatan Fishery Resources: Trends and Perspectives to Sustainability
             Prof. Carlos Gonzalez-Salas & Prof. Humberto Cervera,
  Autonomous Univ. of the Yucatan, Merida, Mexico
10:00    Opportunities to Conserve Our Fisheries and Ocean Resources
  using Sustainable Aquaculture
  Dr. Kevan Main, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL
10:30    Break
11:00    Characteristics and Developmental Trends of China’s Fisheries and
  Dr. Qian MaMote Marine Laboratory and Yellow Sea Fisheries Research
  Institute, Qingdao, China
11:30    Florida Shellfish Aquaculture
             Leslie N. Sturmer, University of Florida IFAS, Cedar Key, FL & Dr. John Scarpa,
  Harbor Branch Oceanographic Inst. at Florida Atlantic Univ., Ft. Pierce, FL
12:00    Sustainability and Profits in Aquaculture
             Clifford Morris & Jose Manzo – Florida Organic Aquaculture, Fellsmere, FL
12:30    Closing Remarks & Presentations - Dr. Raymond A. Young, Sarasota Sister
  Cities Assn.

Appreciation is Expressed to our Conference Sponsors

Walmart Corp. & Huisking Foundation

Special Thanks to the
 Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
and the
Green Business Leadership Council
for assistance with the event