After attending a racial equity training session hosted by NLC in 2019, Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager for the City of Sarasota, Florida at the time, returned home knowing that she wanted to share what she had learned with her own city staff. But the timing was a challenge, since Freeman-Montes, who is now Governmental Relations Manager for the City, and her colleague Jeff Vredenburg, the city’s Sustainability Coordinator, won a grant from NLC to participate in NLC’s Leadership in Community Resilience program and develop a project to promote climate resilience in January 2020 – just months before the pandemic began.

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