At Lakewood Ranch, one of the largest green communities in the United States, all new homes have to be built to green specifications. The Green Gallery at the community’s Information Center offers an educational and interactive self-guided tour of a green home’s features that save money and energy.
The green philosophy also extends to public spaces. Among them:
n Willis A. Smith Construction Inc., 5001 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
n State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota expansion project in Corporate Park
n The Wellness Center in Corporate Park
n Schroeder-Manatee Ranch headquarters, 14400 Covenant Way
n Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch was the first hotel in the Manatee-Sarasota area to receive Green Lodging Certification from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
n Biological Tree Services, owned by Tammy Kovar, focuses on using natural biological products and environmentally friendly pest control.
n Good Earth Natural Foods has four locations in Manatee County and offers organic produce and natural food products.
n Richard’s Whole Foods has two locations in Manatee County and offers organic produce and natural food products.