Environmental Stewardship

Environmental Stewardship

Everyone deserves to live in a healthy home and enjoy a clean, pollution-free environment. The Barancik Foundation supports programs that protect the environment and encourage people who might not otherwise experience nature to go beyond their neighborhood and learn more about their world. Our partners help families escape the stresses in life by interacting with nature and, after understanding its benefits, they become inspired to help preserve it for future generations.


Years of Sarasota Dolphin Research

Coral Reef Research and Restoration in the Florida Keys

Florida’s rapidly dying reef habitats undergo cutting-edge research techniques in an effort to restore the reef population in our lifetime.

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Grants & Initiatives

Chicago Botanic Garden: $25,000 to support the Science Career Continuum, which delivers five years of environmental science education to low-income students. Annually the program serves 65 at-risk students, many of whom will be first-generation college students.

Chicago Zoological Society: $1,000,000 over five years, to support the Sarasota Bay Dolphin Research Program. This is the longest running research of bottlenose dolphins in the world and serves as the reference population for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dolphin are the closest mammal to humans in the region, eating the same fish and breathing the same air. They are sentinels of our ecosystem and this research data helps inform us of changes in our environment.

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Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast: $65,000 to support the Youth in Nature Initiative. This program will partner with local nonprofits to conduct educational nature field trips on the Conservation Foundation’s preserves. Youth will learn about flora and fauna, bird watch, kayak and explore native environmental habitats. A $5,000 grant was also awarded to support the organization’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its Palm Ball.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens: $20,000 to support the organization’s fundraising efforts at its Luncheon in the Gardens series.

A $2 million grant to “Power” Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ sustainability and greening focused master plan.  A centerpiece of the master plan is the environmental aspects of the Sky Garden, with virtually every inch incorporating sustainability education and clean energy “Powered by Barancik Foundation.” The Sky Garden includes a 20,000 square-foot advanced solar array structure; storm water management facility for irrigation and other reuses; green walls and roofs to instill beauty and create shade; and an urban food garden for garden-to-table use by the restaurant.

Girls Inc. of Sarasota County: The Barancik Foundation Solar and Conservation Initiative Pilot will outfit Girls Inc.’s building with solar panels and launch its conservation education curriculum. Over a 10-year period, Girls Inc. will save an estimated $221,033 in energy expenses. The youth at Girls Inc. will learn about science and consumer behavior by monitoring the panels’ energy production. They will also form an Energy Council to lead the organization through a complete greening transformation from energy efficiency, gardening, to waste management and more.

A grant of up to $130,000 to Girls Inc. to upgrade electrical system at the organization.  Barancik Foundation will ensure previously funded solar panels deliver maximum energy savings to the nonprofit.

This summer select students from Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and Laurel Civic Association will attend a new week-long environmental education camp. Developed in partnership with youth-serving organizations Asolo Rep, Conservation Foundation, Mote, and Selby Gardens, Barancik Foundation is investing $39,100 to offer summer camp to low-income youth. Each day of camp will be led by a different environmental organization, rotating campers through the array of natural assets available in our community. Youth will learn about science and nature through hands-on experiments and reflective outdoor exercises. Campers will also attend Asolo Rep’s production of Jungle Book, creating a memorable educational tie between the environment and arts.