When used in the context of sustainability, the environment includes the lands and natural resources that we rely upon for continued survival and the ability to thrive as human beings. Without agricultural lands, how would we grow our food? If we pollute our air and water through improper disposal of waste, how do we continue to survive? The environment, economy and social equity are the three tenets of sustainability, and without proper resource planning, all three of these are jeopardized. Water, air, and natural systems must be sustained for the viability of current and future Southwest Floridians. Even the perception of vulnerability or damage to our natural resources can have negative impacts on our economy.
Continued careful management of environmental resources is crucial for sustainability. As our population continues to grow, a more integrated approach to the design and maintenance of water, stormwater, and wastewater systems will lessen impacts on our natural systems through the reduction of pollution and energy consumption, and protection and restoration of ecological systems. More efficient use of our resources will help protect our sensitive ecosystems and allow us to grow our agricultural economy. Whether it is recycling or energy use reduction, it is important to be stewards of our resources so they continue to exist for future generations.
Milestones like these make us smile Sarah Owen, Pres & CEO Southwest Florida Community Foundation The Women's Legacy Fund is celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary this year. That's 10 years of grants to nonprofits providing education, inspiration and empowerment to women and girls. By working together, WLF contributors have funded programs designed to improve literacy, employment skills, neighborhood services, career planning, mentoring and suicide prevention....Arts Community & CultureBlogCommunity DesignEconomy & JobsEducationEnvironmentEquity & EmpowermentHealth Safety & AnimalsNewsletterPhilanthopy & Community TrustPublicationsResources for ChangeNo comment0 Likes
The 18 local nonprofits granted $551,500 in 2016 from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s available Field of Interest funds as well as individual and corporate donations, have reported their annual......Arts Community & CultureBlogCommunity DesignEconomy & JobsEducationEnvironmentEquity & EmpowermentHealth Safety & AnimalsPhilanthopy & Community TrustPress ReleasesResources for ChangeNo comment0 Likes
Over the last several years, I have met with hundreds of individual donors, businesses, the faith community and family foundations who are looking for ways to fund great ideas and great organizations in our Southwest Florida nonprofit sector. I also meet with countless nonprofits who are seeking their funding....Arts Community & CultureBlogCommunity DesignEconomy & JobsEducationEnvironmentEquity & EmpowermentHealth Safety & AnimalsInspirationsPhilanthopy & Community TrustResources for ChangeNo comment0 Likes
Happy Valentine’s Day. To our donors, past and present, our fundholders, supporters, and friends. Thank you to those in our community and our Foundation family who give to make Southwest Florida better today and tomorrow....Arts Community & CultureBlogCommunity DesignEconomy & JobsEducationEnvironmentEquity & EmpowermentHealth Safety & AnimalsPhilanthopy & Community TrustPublicationsResources for ChangeNo comment0 Likes