Beyond Sustainability conference creates links between communities in Tampa Bay

02/28/13 Lenka Davis
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One of the greatest myths of today´s economy is that sustainability cannot be profitable. In fact , sustainable strategies are getting more necessary to remain competitive. Today and tomorrow, the Institute of Florida Studies at Hillsborough Community College is hosting a conference called Beyond Sustainability. It focuses on the three Es: education, ecosystems and economics.

Sudeep Vyapari, the host of the conference and the director of the Institute of Florida Studies decided to enrich this year´s conference by incorporating the issues of social entrepreneurship and sustainable economy. In addition, the conference should provide space for creating connections in the community and beyond.

Vyapari says tomorrow afternoon conference participants will be able to attend four different workshops.

An HCC sustainability specialist, Resham Shirsat, recently came back from Uganda where she volunteered for two months as a sustainability consultant for the largest steel mill in east Africa and helped them develop their corporate responsibility project. Shirsat will be moderating and sitting on a panel called Global and Local Impacts. She highlighted that during this conference, anyone can contribute to the program.

Nathan Fyfe, one of the panelists, is speaking about aquaponics and a business he is creating with four friends.

The conference hosts decided to lead by example when they offered the food and drink vending space to the new social entrepreneurs. Bryan Watts from Porchside Coffee and Tea Company started his business four months ago.

The workshops, panels and lectures of the Beyond Sustainability conference continue tomorrow at the Performing Arts building at the HCC campus in Ybor.

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This event rocked! There should be 5 times the people there next year or the bay area will suffer.