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For immediate release - April 1, 2005

Lake County-sponsored seminar to explore ‘green-building’ practices in Central Florida

TAVARES — Lake County will host a free seminar focusing on sustainable communities and “green-building” Friday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Magnolia Room of Lake-Sumter Community College, 1905 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.

An invited audience of developers, home builders, planners and public officials will be engaged by a range of topics pertaining to sustainability from seven different speakers.

In recent years, the word sustainability has become a prevalent concept for discussion regarding growth management in Florida. A “sustainable community” tries to maintain and improve the environmental, economic and social characteristics of an area so its members can continue to lead healthy, productive and enjoyable lives. When problems arise, sustainable communities look for solutions that take into account all the parts of the community instead of applying a quick fix in one area that may cause problems in another.

The Lake County Department of Growth Management-sponsored event is designed to provide some substance to the concepts of sustainability. From “green building” to rainwater capture, the Sustainability Seminar will help highlight some real world examples of the popular term.

The proposed agenda for the program is as follows:

  1. Introduction — Lake County Commissioner Catherine Hanson
  2. “Green Building” — Steven Tozer, Project Architect for HOK Florida
  3. “Green Principles Employed at Citrus Ridge Library” — Richard LeBlanc, Architect for Lake County Department of Facilities Development and Management, along with Harvard Jolly Architects Inc.
  4. “Green-Printing” — Kathleen Blaha, Senior Vice President for the Trust for Public Land
  5. Lunch
  6. “Rainwater Capture and Reuse Program” — Blanche Hardy, Director for the Lake County Environmental Services Division
  7. “Sarasota County Sustainability Initiatives” — Jim Ley, County Administrator for Sarasota County
  8. “Sustainable Development Practices” — Pierce Jones, Director and Professor at the Florida Energy Extension Service of the University of Florida

For more information or to reserve a seat for the free Sustainability Seminar, call (352) 343-9739 or e-mail sustain@co.lake.fl.us


Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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