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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. 

Skip the Straw Initiative

Every day the U.S. uses 500 million plastic straws, which equates to 1.6 straws per person per day. Plastic straws are one of the biggest trash culprits, and among the top 10 types of trash found during beach cleanups. If straws continue to be used at their current rate, then there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. In recent months, the detrimental environmental impact of plastic straws has received national attention and nine cities have moved forward on ordinances that either limit their distribution or prohibit their use. Delray Beach is considering introducing a ordinance addressing plastics straws as well, but as a first step is engaging in a education outreach campaign.  When in downtown, look for the Skip the Straw decal in the window of participating establishments, and don't be shy to tell your server not to put a straw in your drink.  Together, we can change the norm, and reduce the use of single-use plastics.

Key Documents and Policies Directives

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 


plastic waste

Every year more than 300 million tons of plastic is manufactured world wide, that is close to the weight of the entire human population of the planet.  In the US alone, we use 500 million plastic straws per day.  To reduce plastic waste, we need to reduce the use of single-use plastic items. Forgo the straw, carry a reuseable shopping bag and a reuseable water bottle.  Most importantly, recycle what you use,

Projects On the Sustainability Desk.....

  • Researching plastic straw ban ordinance.\
  • Executing a Green House Gas Inventory 
  • Comprehensive Plan's new sustainability and resiliency chapter
  • Replacing and adding new electric vehicle charging stations in downtown
  • Contract a Tree Canopy Analysis
  • Strengtheing the Green Building Ordinance
For Additional Information Contact:
Dr. Ana Puszkin-Chevlin 561-243-7324

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 Training Room at the City of Delray Beach at the Swinton Operation Complex 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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