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A Sustainable City

South Florida's attraction as a destination to live, work and play is intrinsically connected to its coastlines, the sun and surf, the high quality lifestyle of its growing cities and suburbs, and the beauty of its diverse natural habitat. Balancing modern society's demands for resources, such as energy, water and land, with the protection of the natural environment; and doing this in an equitable manner that allows for future generations to enjoy a similar standard of living, is the goal of sustainable development. Sustainability is a multi-disciplinary endeavor. It seeks to reduce society's carbon footprint and the degradation of natural resources though conservation, efficiency, and judicious use and reuse of these assets. It promotes adoption of renewable energy, shifts in consumer preferences and awareness of personal and collective responsibilities to issues of social justice. Sustainability includes mitigating and adapting to the numerous challenges posed by climate change, and creating resiliency that will allow future generations to thrive and prosper.

The City of Delray Beach is proud to embrace a holistic and comprehensive approach to sustainable development, and encourages residents and visitors to participate in these efforts. To learn more about the city's commitment to these initiatives and the implementation strategy, please read the key documents below.
Tip of the Month - Spring Cleaning in May
Cleaning supplies

Spring Cleaning is an opportunity to unclutter. Take a moment to re-evaluate your consumption patterns and how you will dispose of unwanted items.  Toss old magazines, catalogs, bills and statement in a recycling bin, but be careful to protect your identify by shedding pages with sensitive information.  Donate all cloths and fabrics; don’t send them to the landfill.  Even heavily worn clothing, socks and underwear can be upcycled into insulation and stuffing, when collected by a recycling company.

Use natural fiber sponges and cleaning agents that are biodegradable, phosphate-free and chlorine-free. Consider using a solution of vinegar and water for mopping floors, cleaning glass windows, and crystal chandeliers.  Use rags from old T-shirts or towels instead of paper towels; and consider using paper towels more than once, if they are just wet, but not dirty.

Projects On the Sustainability Desk.....
  • PACE program -PACE Ordinance passed! Renew Financial & Ygrene LLC now available. Two more PACE administrators will be added in the coming months.
  • Textile Recycling - Request for Proposals will be issued shortly.
  • Florida Power and Light - offer to install 5 solar trees in the city.
  • Daylight Hour - Energy Conservation Awareness on June 16th.
  • SolSmart Advisor - assistance on advancing solar in Delray Beach.

Green Implementation Advancement Board (GIAB)- The City of Delray Beach Green Implementation Advancement Board meets at 9:00am on third Thursday of each month.  Meeting are held in the Board Room at the City of Delray Beach Environmental Services Department located at 434 South Swinton Avenue. The meeting is open to the public. More information on GIAB can be found under the GIAB tab.

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