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Our team at Station 2 Innovation is passionate about our community and care deeply about the connection between quality of life and the health of the environment we live in. We are pleased to welcome Nan Summers Grants Coordinator for Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources to present to the first public forum five sustainability projects.
We will show short video clips featuring five different projects, with the opportunity for the audience to ask questions and provide their input on each—as well as on our overall proposed portfolio. We have two simple questions on a survey for them to answer that we hope to collect at the end. Both qualitative and quantitative public feedback are required to be documented by the U. S. Department of the Treasury as part of the process to obtain the funds that have been set aside for Manatee County.
As Grants Coordinator for Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources, Nan Summers collaborates with all sectors of the community to leverage resources through innovative partnerships. These public/private initiatives range from seven regional Rotary Clubs combining forces to reinvent the concept of playgrounds as multigenerational, all-inclusive destination themed outdoor fitness sites, to cutting edge “table to cradle” recycling of restaurant-consumed oysters replanted in nature preserves as water filters/nurseries for new oyster beds.
Nan’s experience integrating unusual partner combinations was honed during her role as professional development coordinator for Walt Disney World’s Imagineering Design team during the construction of Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). She served as a liaison between the designers, scientists, technology inventors and corporate sponsors to blend the best of all disciplines showcasing potential solutions to worldwide challenges spanning energy, seas, transportation, communication, food and more. From its inception, the Land pavilion generated consumable produce cultivated through promising techniques: which not only have proven highly sustainable, but also established the successful Disney Institute following a pilot multiday Culinary Arts Seminar.
One exciting recent example of unprecedented cross-sector partnering is the announcement of several regional organizations being named as the first and only North American United Nations International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories, joining an exclusive 15 other designees worldwide. The RESTORE ACT also provides our region unique opportunities to fund projects that will protect the resiliency of our environment and economy for decades to come.