The EcoSummit will feature lively solutions-oriented lectures, panel discussions, storytelling and music. Dozens of national, regional and local experts will share fascinating insights and future-forward innovations for recharging our environment and reducing our impacts that will sustain our coastal community’s environment-based quality of life.

The EcoSummit kicks off December 4th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Bay Park Nest with a free outdoor screening of the film “2040” with the film’s creator, award-winning Australian documentary filmmaker and EcoSummit keynote speaker, Damon Gameau. The event continues December 5th and 6th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The evening of December 5th features Florida Stories with Carl Hiaasen, Florida’s incredibly funny, and cathartic storyteller, with emcee, award-wining journalist, Craig Pittman. Carl Hiaasen, a Florida native, has written Thirteen books with nine best sellers about the bizarre truth he found in his Florida reporting for the Miami Herald from 1985 to 2021.

EcoSummit ticket options are $155/standard, $185 Premium to include the Hiaasen event and $285/VIP to add on the Hiaasen pre-show reception and premium seating. An early registration discount of $40, for START E-Newsletter readers using the code START40 is available through September 30th. Standalone tickets to see Hiaasen are $85/general admission, $185/VIP Experience with the pre-show reception and premium seating. All tickets categories can be ordered at the following link:

Other associated events include family-friendly Ever-Green Days at The Bay Sarasota, with a week-long schedule of free interactive and eco-friendly experiences including guided tours and hands-on eco-education from November 30th to December 6th.

The Presenting sponsor for the event series is the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, the EcoSummit lead sponsor is Elizabeth Moore, the Florida Stories session with Carl Hiaasen is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the venue host is the City of Sarasota. A number of other sponsorships are still available. To learn more, visit

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