The Florida House Institute for Sustainable Development is a non-profit organization that works to build civic capacity around a practice of vision-centered, place-based planning for a sustainable future.
The Florida House Institute works to facilitate change for a sustainable future by partnering with others to create a practice of sustainable community development and a learning network of organizations and communities similarly engaged. In addition to practice in their own community, the Institute provides consulting, facilitation and implementation support for regional neighborhoods, governments, private developers, and community organizations and initiatives involved in sustainable community development.
FHI aims to promote sustainable development as a process of continuous improvement by helping people understand whole systems. This whole-systems approach encompasses natural, built, economic, and social systems and helps communities act on new understanding through facilitation, research, education, demonstration and implementation.
FHI works to promote development rooted in their unique definition of what it means to be sustainable:
· Nurturing variety and productivity in natural systems;
· Increasing efficiency, using renewable resources and eliminating waste in built systems;
· Using social and environmental goals to create market opportunities in economic systems;
· Helping citizens understand whole systems and act on that knowledge in social systems.