The Sarasota Environmental Caucus meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 7358 S. Tamiami Trail at 6:30PM. (In July and January the General Meeting is held in North Port.)

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, July 8: North County Caucus Meeting


Sarasota Democratic Headquarters | 7358 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

When: June 8, 6:30pm

Cost: Free!

Speaker: Frank Alcock

Topic: A Primer on the Green New Deal and its Implications for 2020

Frank Alcock is an Associate Professor of Political Science at New College of Florida where he has taught courses on world politics, international law, and environmental policy since 2003. He has over 25 years of professional experience working on energy and environment issues but his political and public policy interests are wide and varied. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University, a M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University and a B.A. in Economics from Binghamton University. From 2009 to 2012 he was a Senior Fellow with the Collins Center for Public Policy where he focused on offshore drilling and Florida’s Constitutional Amendment process. Frank is the former Director of a Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. He has served as a Senior U.S. Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand (studying their emissions trading system and lecturing on the lessons of Deepwater Horizon) and a Belfer Fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (connecting knowledge to action on environment and natural resource issues). He also spent five years at the U.S. Department of Energy. Frank appears regularly as a political analyst with ABC News in Sarasota and was a candidate for the Florida state Senate in 2016.  


Thursday, July 18: South County Caucus Meeting


Shannon Staub Library | 4675 Career Lane, North Port, FL 34289

When: July 18, 6:30pm

Cost: Free!

Speaker: Sean Patton

Topic: Native plants and fish and water quality

Sean Patton is an Environmental Consultant and owner of the consulting firm Stocking Savvy. Sean has published a paper on Frogfish Vagility, and commonly speaks at conferences and events such as the Environmental Summit, New Scholars, and the Saving Nemo event while doing private research with his and partnering companies. Sean graduated with a degree in Marine Biology from New College of Florida and worked for several years in wetland and algae management. Sean also is certified as a Florida Commercial Pesticide Applicator and has extensive experience doing field work with algae, fish and the ecosystems around them.”