We're on a mission

OUTSIDE Sustainable Landscape Collaborative is a non-profit organization that emerged organically as a gathering of like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds who share a common vision: to create a sustainable future for Florida's landscapes.

Rapid population growth, water responsibility issues, land conservation challenges, sea-level rise, coastal community resilience, biodiversity loss, and climate change are a few examples of the challenges facing the Florida landscape. These vital issues in Florida require us to take action and change certain landscaping behaviors and patterns, so we can contribute to the solution.


  1. Promote a statewide collaboration around sustainable landscape practices
  2. Increase nursery supply and market demand of Florida native and Florida resilient plants
  3. Grow industry competencies in sustainable landscape maintenance
  4. Support local governments to evaluate landscape codes for effectiveness
  5. Collaborate with state agencies to encourage green infrastructure projects
  6. Quantify economic impacts and ecosystem services
  7. Partner with development community to implement sustainable landscapes holistically
  8. Partner with existing developments (HOA’s) to retrofit sustainable landscapes holistically
  9. Develop a holistic sustainable approach to the landscape transect from design to implementation to maintenance
  10. Educate communities to expand perceptions of what landscapes can provide


Chris Hite


Founding Partner, Dix.Hite + Partners

Greg Witherspoon

Vice President

Senior Landscape Architect/Planner, Kimley-Horn and Associates

Lesley Bertolotti


Sustainable Communities Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Timothee Sallin


Co-CEO, Cherrylake

Pierce Jones

Board Member

Director & Founding Member, University of Florida Program for Resource Efficient Communities

Jennison Kipp

Board Member

Sustainable Floridians State Coordinator, University of Florida Program for Resource Efficient Communities

Richard Levey

Board Member

Managing Director, Levey Consulting

Patrick Bohlen

Board Member

Professor, University of Central Florida