Honey for SALE! Visit our new GIFT SHOP TODAY

Thursday, July 27, 2017

FHI is now selling Honey from Sarasota honey Co. Come on in 9 AM to 4 PM Monday thru Friday or 9 AM to noon on Saturday to purchase your honey products. Large ottle $14 and Soaps for $6. We also sell local seeds, produce, gift cards, watercolors, tea and more. Buy your Chicken Coop through FHI. Visit our Gift shop today

Popcorn and Pollinators

Movie Nite

Monday, June 19, 2017

We've joined MONARCH WATCH and planted over 50 milkweeds for monarchs. Join us! Record your milkweed planting with us and we will include you in our data and add you to the MONARCH MANOR Corridor.

Become a citizen scientist with us! Help us increase habitat for all pollinators. Let us know that you have created pollinator habitat and we will add you to our maps! Let's grow micro habitats and connect them together. Let's connect our world! Want to host a pollinator party as a fundraiser for us? You can host it here at the Florida House Institute or at YOUR HOME! Contact 941-924-2050 or

Florida House Joins Monarch Watch as we kick off our Pollinators for Clean Water Program

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FHI is becoming a Monarch Waystation. To celebrate we invite you to attend one of our Fundraising events or host one of your own! Yes! We want YOU to have a pollinator party!

Monarch Waystation Habitats
Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world.

Car Donations Now Accepted to benefit FHI

Donate your lemon today, we'll make the lemonade!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Florida House Institute Hires New Executive Director

Welcome Michele!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Since becoming the Sustainability Manager for Palm Springs Michele has worked diligently to improve sustainability in the City. This includes adding over 40 electric vehicle charging stations, introducing desert landscape programs, creating an urban forestry inventory and local food production programs. The City has won numerous awards and designations since Michele began the sustainability department’s programs including the California Center for Sustainable Energy’s state award for sustainable cities.

Michele is an active philanthropist and enjoys volunteering for local community organizations. As a Chi Omega she is delighted to be involved in the local Alumni Chapter and the Tampa chapter. Michele was also a member of the 2010 class of Leadership Coachella Valley.

Michele attended American University in Washington D.C. and continued her studies at the University of South Florida completing a BA in Technical Writing, a certificate in Latin American Studies and a Masters in Environmental Science. Michele also attended La Suerta Biological Field School to study Rainforest Ecology. Michele worked as an editor for the University of South Florida newspaper, the Oracle and was the editorial assistant for several academic journals including Organization and Environment. After graduate school Michele worked as a cartographer and GIS analyst. Mician still pursues academia by serving as Adjunct Faculty in the Women Studies department and teaches Eco-feminism and Intro to Women’s Studies via the internet.

For fun, Michele enjoys athletic activities such as swimming, running, biking, singing and dancing. She also enjoys cooking, making pottery and gardening. She has a certificate in permaculture design from Cazadero California’s acclaimed Earth Activist Training course, has many years of experience educating children at schools and working on organic farms and has spent over 20 years educating the public about pesticides, recycling and protecting our forests.

She received a designation as one of Rotary’s Global Study Exchange team members to Japan and was honored to serve as a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand for the 2012 program. Ms. Mician is a marathoner and yoga teacher and practitioner.




Monday, February 6, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Florida House Institute Board Member Elizabeth Moore, has offered a "Year-End Matching Challenge!" Every donation made is matched dollar for dollar up to $60,000. Now is your chance to join Elizabeth and help build the Florida House Institute into a dynamic new community resource. 

Here is how you can help! 

As part of our "Matching Challenge!" 

How to Donate to the "Year End Matching Challenge!": 

  • Turn $1000 into $2000 by making a donation at
  • Mail your donation check to 4454 Beneva Rd. Sarasota, FL 34233
  • Post on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts about the "Year-End Matching Challenge!"...We'd love to see you share photos and testimonials about why you support The Florida House with the hashtags #FutureByDesign and #FLHouse. 

Florida House Institute Announces Retirement of Founding Executive Director, John Lambie

Friday, December 16, 2016

December 2016 - Sarasota, FL - The Florida House Institute Board of Directors announces the retirement of founding Executive Director, John Lambie.  John will transition into a special projects position, opening the door for a search for the next Executive Director of the Florida House Institute.

As the first green building open to the public in the United States, the Florida House Institute (FHI) has been educating the public and creating new regional markets for energy, water conservation, recycling, and landscape design for close to 25 years. In 2015, with funding from the Toyota Foundation, FHI expanded its programing with its “Home on Earth” Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) 5th grade education program that serves 3,500 Sarasota County students annually. Today, the celebrated program takes energy concepts difficult to convey in the classroom, and translates them to students through seven interactive and informative hands-on learning stations, incorporated into the Florida House demonstration home and landscape.

“I am excited to be transitioning into a special projects role at the Florida House,” said John Lambie. “My new position will allow me to focus on my passion for civic learning, and foster a new generation of engaged citizens while assisting our new Executive Director.”

John Lambie, a 30+ year veteran in the field of community planning and sustainable design, will be the driving force of the Florida House Institute’s new Civic Leaning programs. He will also play a significant role in supporting the transition of the organization’s new Executive Director, as they focus on growing the mission and vision of the organization in the community.   

The leadership transition and new executive selection will be managed by a task force, led by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tom Franck.  Mr. Franck joined FHI following a highly successful 32 year career in Finance with Colgate Palmolive Company, most recently serving from 2006 through 2014 as Vice President of Finance for Colgate Palmolive, Brazil.  Mr. Franck also led the finance function for Colgate Palmolive in Venezuela, Portugal, Spain, and for the Hawley & Hazel/Colgate Palmolive Co. joint venture in Hong Kong, which covered China and most of Southeast Asia.

“John Lambie was a founding part of the vision of the Florida House Institute, and his leadership has guided our organization to where it is today”, said Mr. Franck. “This transition presents an opportunity for the organization to acknowledge its unique past, while inspiring us to intentionally create a new beginning with ideas and opportunities that we believe will take FHI to even greater heights.”

For more information about FHI, or to review the job posting, please visit

MORE ABOUT THE FLORIDA HOUSE INSTITUTE: The Florida House Institute (FHI) was the first green building open to the public in the United States in 1992. The Mission of Florida House Institute is to inspire environmental stewardship and enhance our quality of life through exploration, design, and action. FHI’s demonstration house and surrounding landscape integrates scientific principles and sustainable living practices. FHI envisions a future of engaged communities where sustainability and innovation transform the way we live, work and play.

Florida House 2.0 to Debut

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SARASOTA COUNTY — Like the sellers of a 20-year-old home, the leaders of the Florida House Institute knew they had some updating to do in order to sell the message of their aging demonstration home.

In fact, they had to overhaul the house, its landscape and their business plan just to get it open to the public, starting with an Earth Day 2015 celebration on Saturday.

The house has been largely dormant since 2007.

Now, armed with a revised mission statement, a startup grant from Sarasota County and a three-year, $377,685 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation, “Florida House 2.0” is finally back as a resource for people interested in living more sustainably, or at least making their homes more water- and energy-efficient.

The Toyota grant, announced Monday, will fund a STEM — a now widely used acronym for “science, technology, engineering and math” — curriculum to teach fifth-graders about how households use, and can keep from wasting, water and energy.

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