Here's a few of our favorite organizations, both locally and globally:
All Faiths Food Bank: All Faiths gathers and, in co-operation with their more than 160 partner agencies, distributes food to more than 7,100 people weekly in Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
Bicycle-Pedestrian Advocates: A non-profit group that educates the public about ways to improve walking and biking. They specialize in policy.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers: A community-based organization of migrant farmworkers, fighting for fair wages and improved working conditions in the fields.
Crowley Natural and Cultural History Center: Dedicated to facilitating the enjoyment and understanding of Southwest Florida nature and history, fostering responsible stewardship, and promoting environmental awareness.
Edible Sarasota: A quarterly publication that celebrates the abundance of local foods in the Gulf Coast Region.
Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy: A coalition of concerned individuals, businesses, manufacturers, communities, agricultural stakeholders, associations, policy makers, non-profits, and renewable energy producers.
Florida West Coast Resource Conservation and Development: Focused on sustainable economic and community development, natural resource use and conservation, and sustainable agriculture on the central southwest coast of Florida.
Grow Permaculture: A permaculture and sustainability consultant and teaching organization dedicated to forwarding the practices of consciously designing human systems to produce more, while doing less harm.
Living in Community Network: Living in Community is a local grassroots movement that connects people who want to live together with others of like mind and shared values.
Peace Education and Action Center: Building a culture of peace by nurturing the values and attitudes that give life to the principles of co-operation, non-violence, respect for human rights and cultural diversity, democracy, and tolerance.
Sarasota CLUCK: A group working in support of backyard hens in Sarasota. We've had success in the city and are turning our efforts to the county.
Sarasota County Department of Sustainability: Sarasota County government is committed to environmental, cultural and economic sustainability.
Sarasota County Extension: A partnership between the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Sarasota County Government to provide scientific knowledge and expertise on subjects related to agricultural, human, and natural resources to sustain and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Sarasota County.
Sarasota-Manatee Sierra Club: Dedicated to enjoying our environment and preserving it for future generations.
SCOPE: SCOPE's mission is to connect and inspire citizens to create a better community. SCOPE brings together residents, business owners, government officials and organizations to listen, learn, and discuss issues that impact the quality of life in Sarasota County.
Slow Food Greater Sarasota: Meet other locals who are interested in a food system that is based upon environmental sustainability and social justice - a food system that is good, clean and fair.
Transition Venice: Transition Venice is part of the worldwide grassroots Transition movement to make our communities more food and energy resilient.
WSLR 96.5 Community Radio: WSLR is an innovative, listener-supported, non-profit, non-commercial FM radio station dedicated to serving the Sarasota community.
350.org: 350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.
Bioneers: Bioneers is a non-profit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies: Focused on creating real prosperity by connecting leaders, spreading solutions that work, and driving investment toward local economies.
Chelsea Green Publishing: Since 1984, Chelsea Green has been the publishing leader for books on the politics and practice of sustainable living.
Generation Waking Up: Igniting a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world.
Green for All: Green For All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
Growing Power: A national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for all.
Post Carbon Institute: Providing individuals, communities, businesses, and governments with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, environmental, and equity crises that define the 21st century.
Resilience Circles: A Resilience Circle is a small group of 10–20 people that comes together to increase personal security during these challenging times. Circles have three purposes: learning, mutual aid, and social action.
Slow Money: Experienced investors, leading food entrepreneurs, social investment pioneers, organic farmers and just plain old regular folks who believe that putting some of our money to work in local food enterprises makes tremendous sense.
TimeBanks USA: The mission of TimeBanks is to nurture and expand a movement that promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent.
Transition Network: The international hub for the Transition Movement.
Transition US: The national hub for the Transition Movement.
YES! Magazine: Online and in print, YES! outlines a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.