By: Mariel Carbone
February 17, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)—Residents are invited to “explore our backyard” this weekend.
Leon County will host its Sustainable Communities Summit 2017, on Saturday.
The summit will showcase sustainable businesses in the community, as well as Leon County’s natural resources. The goal is to help conserve, protect and enjoy these resources for future generations.
Sustainability revolves around three things: economy, the well being of the community and environment. This year's event focusing on the later, and getting people outdoors.
"Outdoor recreation does this because it gets people outside, it gets people getting together, builds the community and it helps us really understand what we have here and how we can protect it and make it available for future generations," said Tessa Shcreiner, with the Leon County Office of Sustainability.
The day includes keynote speaker Doug Alderson, an "outdoor adventure veteran." He'll speak about outdoor recreation and how that goes hand in hand with sustainability. Plus, there will be two breakout sessions where participants will specifically learn tips and information about different outdoor activities. A panel will also convene to discuss their favorite outdoor adventures.
Participants will have a chance to partake in an “adventure” in the county following the summit. Those include hiking, fishing, bird watching, kayaking, biking and more. A local community partner will
guide participants through the various options.
Organizers hope the event encourages people to enjoy more of the natural amenities Leon County has to offer.
"Getting more people outdoors and getting to appreciate what we have here, as well as for students at FSU, FAMU, TCC and getting to know what's right outside their campus, which I think many of them stay closer to campus," said Schreiner.
The summit will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Augustus B. Turnbull Conference Center. Registration is $10 and can be done online at www.growinggreen.org/summit.