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Aquaponics Brings Fish To Farm To Table In Tampa

Urban gardens are springing up in small yards and large pots, on balconies and even vacant lots in the most unlikely neighborhoods across the nation. Now, a new home-sized system that merges aquaculture and agriculture has placed Central Florida at the center of the global sustainability movement.

Gasparilla Music Festival Makes Environmental Sustainability A Priority

The two-day Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa is seeking to lessen its impacts on the environment through carbon and waste reduction, including a free bicycle valet service and waste recycling and reuse.

Let's Talk Transit And How To Pay For It

"Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' will be the focus of 83 Degrees Media's next "Not Your Average Speakers'' event March 12 at Nova 535 near downtown St. Petersburg. Join the conversation. Get engaged!

Setting The Scene For Pinellas Ballot Initiative On Transit

Just as the Penny For Pinellas effort years ago helped move the county forward in road construction and maintenance, advocates for a one cent sales tax increase see Greenlight Pinellas as part of the solution to the Tampa Bay region's traffic congestion.

Fly Tribes Startup Envisions Global Sustainability For Natives

A University of South Florida graduate student originally from Colombia creates a company that aims to help save both indigenous tribes and the environment.

Fresh Greens, Anyone? Urban Gardens Sustain Communities

Urban gardens sponsored by community groups, churches and neighborhoods have caught on like wildfire in St. Petersburg as local residents pursue the idea of sustainable agriculture, small urban farms and healthier eating.

Ambrosia Global: Erect Food Towers, Feed The World

Ambrosia Global, a local startup with a worldly perspective on sustainable farming as the solution to the world food crisis, will soon expand its reach into local Tampa neighborhoods as well as to Haiti and beyond.

Innovative Urban Food Park Would Span Food Experience

Emmanuel Roux, a former restaurateur and farm kid from France now living in St. Petersburg, looks at the city's poorest neighborhoods and envisions an Urban Food Park that could grow healthy foods, teach preparation skills from farm to table and feed the hungry. His longtime dream is getting closer to reality.

Sustainable Buzz Surrounds Tampa Bay's Locavore Movement

Celebrating the Tampa Bay region's locavore movement, the Sustany Foundation teams up with local farms and restaurants, food trucks, breweries, wineries and spirits companies to present a tastebud-tantalizing Sustainable Buzz Fest on November 7 at the Straz Center.

Encore! Tampa Takes Big Strides Toward Sustainability

Encore! Tampa, a growing planned community just north of downtown designed to attract young professionals as well as families and the elderly, is a role model for sustainability and green living.

The Aquaculture Evolution: Not Your Grandpa's Guppies

Central Florida is the center of the nation's tropical fish farming universe and Mike Drawdy, a third-generation producer, aims to use technology to reclaim the local industry's place on the world stage. Fancy fish, it turns out, swim spectacularly through cyberspace.

Creative Reuse Movement Boosts Urban Economies By Turning Trash Into Treasure

Across America, creative reuse organizations are popping up to "upcycle" and sell stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Artisans and artists are, in turn, turning this would-be detritus into artworks and products.

"Not Your Average Speakers'' Share Urban Vision

"Not Your Average Speakers'' and an engaged audience of people invested both personally and professionally in downtown Tampa gather at Encore! to consider what more is needed to create a more vibrant city.

Local Swap Scene Encourages Community Building

The Sarasota Swappers leave their wallets at home as they gather monthly to share homemade products and goodies that require an investment of special skills, time and energy to produce and can't be found on store shelves.

Not Your Average Speakers: What's Next For Downtown Tampa

New restaurants, apartments and business relocations are attracting new investments in downtown Tampa that contribute  to what's becoming an increasingly vibrant urban scene. And more developments are in the works. Join "Not Your Average Speakers'' for a community conversation about what's new and what's next. 
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