Environmentally conscious. Innovative. Civic minded. These are just some of the phrases that describe the dynamic life of Dot Skofronick.
Embodying positive, sustainable change, Dot is on the forefront of making Tallahassee environmentally friendly. For her, sustainability and environmental service simply make sense.
When she first arrived in Tallahassee with her husband Jim, she started a gardening club to engage her community. She always sought ways to make her passion for being environmentally conscious approachable. Whether it was walking – not driving – her children to school or handing out cloth bags for recycling at her church, Dot took advantage of every opportunity to make environmental service accessible to others.
Dot is involved with a myriad of environmental organizations, including ReThink Energy, Sustainable Tallahassee, and Friends of Wakulla Springs. Also a champion of community solar power, she proudly counts among her many outstanding accomplishments a successful push for a solar farm at the Tallahassee airport.
An active runner and Gulf Winds Track Club Hall of Fame member, Dot teaches water aerobics for the City of Tallahassee and mentors students at Kate Sullivan Elementary School. When she isn’t at her French study group or with an environmental advocacy group, you can find her gardening at home.
Dot and Jim met at the University of Wisconsin. Jim’s acclaim as a physicist grew, and the couple eventually moved to Tallahassee when Jim joined the Physics Department at Florida State University. Dot and Jim raised four children, each of whom became engineers with differing fields of expertise. Together, they started the Outdoor Explorers Group for FSU’s Faculty and Friends Club and recently built a kitchen-family room addition to their home.
Several of Dot’s friends from the Senior Center’s French group had this to say about her: “She is truly a wonderful resource for our community and our planet.”