Florida House 2.0 to Debut

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

by Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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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