Sustainability Workshops

 

Green Achievement Target (GAT) #7

In 2018 at the city developed the "Sustainability Workshop Series" a series of sustainability-based public workshops that are a part of the City’s Sustainability Action Plan’s Green Achievement Target (GAT) #7, "Plan and standardize a schedule of free public workshops that educate and explore topics relating to sustainability and the environment". Satellite Beach has offered a free monthly workshop for two years, once a month during 2018 and 2019. The workshops were presented at Satellite Beach City Hall, at 565 Cassia Blvd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To view topics and descriptions of each workshop you can scroll through the list of previously presented workshops shown below. The videos and Power Point presentations from the workshops are also available upon request. To view the Videos on YouTube please use the following link https://www.youtube.com/user/CityofSatelliteBeach/playlists and clinck on the "Sustainability Workshops" playlist.  To request information on a workshop or if there is a topic of concern that you are interested in please contact the City's Environmental Programs Coordinator, Nicholas Sanzone. 
Phone: 1-321-773-4409 
Email: nsanzone@satellitebeach.org

* 2020 Update: After a review of the attendance patterns of these workshops the city has decided to increase attendance of the workshops by decreasing the frequency of the workshops and merging these workshops with local events and other events in Brevard County. This new series of workshops will continue the theme of sustainability topics, highlighting speakers who are leaders in their fields.

*Due to the Corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic the Sustainability Workshop Series has been postponed and will resume when possible. For more information about the Satellite Beach policies regarding COVID-19 please use the following link.
https://www.satellitebeach.org/how_do_i_(faq)/coronavirus.php


January 25, 2018 
Workshop #1: Isn't It Swale 
This workshop focused on bioswales, what they are and how they are beneficial to the environment. What are bioswales? Bioswales are storm water runoff conveyance systems that provide an alternative to storm sewers. They can absorb low flows or carry runoff from heavy rains to storm sewer inlets or directly to surface waters. Bioswales improve water quality by infiltrating the first flush of storm water runoff and filtering the large storm flows they convey. This workshop also discussed the Desoto Parkway Drainage Basin Stormwater Enhancement Project (DPDBSEP) and how it reduces the impact of stormwater. The DPDBSEP was funded by the National Estuary Program and has engaged hundreds of volunteers and planted thousands of native plants in Satellite Beach. For more information on bioswales please follow the link to the National Resources Conservation Services web page. For more information on DPDBSEP please follow this link https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/nep_bioswale_and_living_shoreline_projects.php.

February 23, 2018
Workshop #2: Nice and Native 
This workshop focused on the importance and the role native plants have on both the ecosystem and in sustainable landscaping practices. The Nice and Native workshop included guest speaker Kaylyn Palmer from Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB). Kaylyn Palmer discussed the Lagoon Friendly Lawns (LFL) program, benefits of the program, and how you can be involved with it. For more information on KBB and the LFL program please follow this link https://keepbrevardbeautiful.org/our-programs/lagoon-friendly-lawns#:~:text=Keep%20Brevard%20Beautiful's%20new%20Lagoon,their%20yards%20and%20restoring%20ecosystem

March 22, 2018
Workshop #3: Lawn Maintenance & Stormwater 
This workshop addressed fertilizer applications and the role of native plants in lawn maintenance. The topics of sustainable landscaping and the impact of stormwater and lawn maintenance on the environment from residential homes were also covered. This workshop had two guest speakers from the University of Florida IFAS extension office, Linda M. Seals, community development extension agent, and Sally Scalera, urban horticulture agent & master gardener coordinator. Additionally this workshop was hosted in March to make sure that our residents are aware of the fertilizer ban that occurs every year from June 1 - September 30. For more information on the fertilizer ban please follow this link. 
https://www.satellitebeach.org/…/p…/fertilizer_ordinance.php

April 26, 2018 
Workshop #4: Dark Skies & Sea Turtle Nesting 
This workshop addressed the Dark Skies initiative, how it relates to sea turtle nesting, and how you can be involved with it. It included guest speaker Nicole Perna from the Barrier Island Center and Sea Turtle Preservation Society. The Barrier Island Center website is available at the following link https://www.brevardfl.gov/EELProgram/Sanctuaries/BarrierIslandSanctuary

May 31, 2018
Workshop #5: Community Involvement & Stewardship Opportunities 
This workshop focused on local community involvement and stewardship opportunities throughout Satellite Beach. General information on how you can become a sustainability steward and how to get more involved with local community volunteer programs, organizations, and events were discussed. Additionally, the City's Stormwater Education & Application through Stewardship (SEAS) program was highlighted as an example of a program that promoted stewardship activities that people of all ages can be involved in. For more information on the SEAS program please follow this link. https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/seas_program.php

June 28, 2018
Workshop #6: Recycling and Sustainable Products 
This workshop addressed recycling guidelines, the importance of proper recycling, and how as individuals you can reduce your impact on the environment. Also, the different sustainable, eco-friendly products that can be used to replace harmful single-use plastics such as straws and water bottles were discussed. This workshop explained what the Satellite Beach city government is doing in terms of recycling and how it is attempting to phase out single-use plastics from its working environment and events. Since this workshop was held the city has created and internal green purchasing policy that focuses on elimination nonessential single use plastics and Styrofoam from being purchased with city funds. For Brevard County residents who would like more information on what to recycle please follow the links provided below.
https://www.wm.com/us/en/recycle-right/recycling-101
http://www.recyclebrevard.org/p/welcome.html

July 26, 2018 
Workshop #7: Lagoon Landscaping Pilot Program
This workshop was designed to inform Satellite Beach residents about a plant grant that is available to residents who live in Satellite Beach and more specifically live along the lagoon. Homeowners who live directly along the lagoon have a significant impact on the stormwater that leaves their property and enters the lagoon. For more information on the plant grant please follow the link to the program description on the City's Sustainability page. 
https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/living_shorelines_homeowner_incentive_pilot_program.php

August 23, 2018 
Workshop #8: Dune Restoration and Vegetation
This workshop was designed to inform Satellite Beach residents about the importance of native plants in the restoration of the system of dunes that protect the city and its residents from the impacts of erosion and storm surges. Specific plant vegetation was identified and the benefits of these plants were discussed.  

September 27, 2018 
Workshop #9: Community Gardening Seasonal Workshop
This workshop occurs once each year to give an update the community on the Cities Logos Community Garden. This years workshop gave residents an inside look at how the garden was inspired and build with the support of the cities residents, Sustainability Board and City Council. This was the first GAT of the Sustainability Action Plan to be completed. For more information on the garden please follow this link. 
https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/community_garden.php

October 25, 2018 
Workshop #10: Invasive Species Removal and Plant Identification
 
This workshop was created to highlight the issues of invasive plants, what they are, how they can be identified, where they come from, how they are categorized, managed and removed. Additionally, the City policy and codes related to invasive plants can be found on the city website at (Ord. No. 982, § 2, 12-19-07) Sec. 30-706. - Nuisance trees. 
https://library.municode.com/fl/satellite_beach/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICICO_CH30LADERE_ARTVIIREPR_DIV1LA

November 29, 2018 
Workshop #11: Solar Review and Pace Program Information
This workshop gave a review of the basics of solar then discussed the instillation of the two solar projects in the City. After providing an update on the status of the solar projects the conversation moved to talk about how residents can get solar and what programs are available for them, specifically the Pace Program. For more information on the Pace program and the city solar projects please visit the following links.  
https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/city_hall_and_civic_center_solar_installation.php
https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/pace_program.php

January 24, 2019 
Workshop #12: Sustainability Projects
 Update
This workshop gave the community an update on the progress that was made towards completing the Green Achievement Targets that were created by the Sustainability Action Plan in 2017. At the time of the presentation the City has completed five of the twenty total Green Achievement Targets. For more information on the Sustainability Action Plan and the Green Achievement Targets please use the following link. https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/sustainable_satellite.php

March 28, 2019  
Workshop #13: Lawn Maintenance and Stormwater Management
This workshop addressed fertilizer applications and the role of native plants in lawn maintenance. The topics of sustainable landscaping and the impact of stormwater and lawn maintenance on the environment from residential homes were also covered. This workshop had two guest speakers from the University of Florida IFAS extension office, Linda M. Seals, community development extension agent, and Sally Scalera, urban horticulture agent & master gardener coordinator. Additionally this workshop was hosted in March to make sure that our residents are aware of the fertilizer ban that occurs every year from June 1 - September 30. For more information on the fertilizer ban please follow this link. 
https://www.satellitebeach.org/…/p…/fertilizer_ordinance.php

April 25, 2019
Workshop #14: Electric Vehicle Revolution
This workshop discussed the technological advances in the electric vehicle market. After discussing the history of electric vehicles and the possible future of the transportation industry, the conversation shifted to a reviewing the experiences of the city after purchasing a Chevy Volt in 2018. For more information on the City's Electric Chevy Volt please use the following link.
 https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/energy_and_transportation.php

May 30, 2018 
Workshop #15: Recycling and Sustainable Products
This workshop addressed recycling guidelines, the importance of proper recycling, and how as individuals you can reduce your impact on the environment. Also, the different sustainable, eco-friendly products that can be used to replace harmful single-use plastics such as straws and water bottles were discussed. This workshop explained what the Satellite Beach city government is doing in terms of recycling and how it is attempting to phase out single-use plastics from its working environment and events. Since this workshop was held the city has created and internal green purchasing policy that focuses on elimination nonessential single use plastics and Styrofoam from being purchased with city funds. For Brevard County residents who would like more information on what to recycle please follow the links provided below.
https://www.wm.com/us/en/recycle-right/recycling-101
http://www.recyclebrevard.org/p/welcome.html

June 27, 2019  
Workshop #16: Florida Native Plants
This workshop focused on the importance and the role native plants have on both the ecosystem and in sustainable landscaping practices. The Nice and Native workshop included guest speaker Kaylyn Palmer from Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB). Kaylyn Palmer discussed the Lagoon Friendly Lawns (LFL) program, benefits of the program, and how you can be involved with it. For more information on KBB and the LFL program please follow this link https://keepbrevardbeautiful.org/our-programs/lagoon-friendly-lawns#:~:text=Keep%20Brevard%20Beautiful's%20new%20Lagoon,their%20yards%20and%20restoring%20ecosystem

July 25, 2018 
Workshop #17: Community InvolvementWorkshop #11  
This workshop focused on local community involvement and stewardship opportunities throughout Satellite Beach. General information on how you can become a sustainability steward and how to get more involved with local community volunteer programs, organizations, and events were discussed. Additionally, the City's Stormwater Education & Application through Stewardship (SEAS) program was highlighted as an example of a program that promoted stewardship activities that people of all ages can be involved in. For more information on the SEAS program please follow this link.
https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/seas_program.php

August 29, 2019
Workshop #18: Community Gardening
This workshop occurs once each year to give an update the community on the Cities Logos Community Garden. This years workshop gave residents an inside look at how the garden was inspired and build with the support of the cities residents, Sustainability Board and City Council. This was the first GAT of the Sustainability Action Plan to be completed. For more information on the garden please follow this link. 
https://www.satellitebeach.org/residents_visitors/community_garden.php

September 26, 2019 
Workshop #19: Climate Change 101
This Workshop was created after city staff attended the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) training in 2019. The materials and information used during this craning was used to create this workshop. The workshop reviewed the basic science of climate change. Using the information provided the workshop connected climate change from a global phenomenon to a issue impacting our local community. For more information on the ACCO please visit this link. https://climateofficers.org/certification-professional

October 28, 2019 
Workshop #20: Invasive Species Removal
This workshop was created to highlight the issues of invasive plants, what they are, how they can be identified, where they come from, how they are categorized, managed and removed. Additionally, the City policy and codes related to invasive plants can be found on the city website at (Ord. No. 982, § 2, 12-19-07) Sec. 30-706. - Nuisance trees. 
https://library.municode.com/fl/satellite_beach/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICICO_CH30LADERE_ARTVIIREPR_DIV1LA

November 21, 2019
Workshop #21:
Solar Expo
This workshop was turned into a Solar Expo to achieve the goals of increasing the attendance of the workshops by merging the workshop with a local event at the Satellite Beach City Hall in Brevard County. At this first Satellite Beach Solar Expo, residents connected directly with solar vendors who were professionals in the field. Some of the vendors were solar installers and contractors while others were residents and nonprofits who shared there personal experiences and educational information about how residents can go solar and have it installed on their home or business.


TBD
Workshop #22 
Additional information to be added soon.