Southface Institute works with other nonprofits to open Resilience Incubator in Sarasota

Facility to serve as ‘sustainable and affordable space for local environmental nonprofits to collaborate and innovate’

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“Southface, an energy-efficiency nonprofit, and Suncoast Waterkeeper of Sarasota have paired with nine other nonprofits to open the Resilience Incubator, a sustainable and affordable space for local environmental nonprofits to collaborate and innovate,” Southface has announced.

The Incubator comes at a time when record rainfall events, sea level rise, and increasing population have highlighted the need for community members, organizations, and others to work together on substantive change for Sarasota,” a news release explains.

“The Resilience Incubator is operating on the second floor of the Suncoast Blood Centers building in downtown Sarasota,” the release adds. (The address is 1760 Mound St.) It has been made possible “through the generosity of The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County,” the release notes.

“We are excited that our dream to partner with these change-making organizations to create a more resilient Sarasota has become a reality,” said Amber Whittle, executive director of Southface Sarasota, in the release. “By coming together, we generate more awareness of climate resilience for our community and can make a real impact for the people of Sarasota,” she added in the release.

Along with Suncoast Waterkeeper, the partner organizations are Community Harvest, Elizabeth Moore, the Florida Recycling Partnership Foundation, Florida Veterans for Common Sense, Minorities in Shark Sciences, Rebuilding Together-Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay Watch, the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network, Suncoast Stargazers, and Sunshine Community Compost, the release points out.

Southface Institute, “the oldest 501(c)3 sustainability nonprofit in the Southeast,was established in 1978 by a group of volunteers who identified a need for community-based solutions focused on energy when energy wasn’t yet considered an environmental issue,” the release explains. Since then, Southface has collaborated with nonprofits, businesses, builders, developers, universities, government agencies, and communities to deliver sustainability and resiliency solutions that work for everyone,” the release says.

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