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.
- Mayor Glickstein Signs-on to Climate Mayor's Statement on the Paris Climate Agreement
- Mayor's Climate Action Pledge
- Regional Climate Action Plan
- City of Delray Beach 2013 Sustainability Report
- Green Task Force Report and Recommendations - January 2009
Every year US landfills and trash incinerators receive 167 million tons of garbage. Fifty percent of this municipal garbage could be compostable, creating high quality nutrient-filled soil that reduces the needs for chemical fertilizers, increases soil resilience to flood and drought, and better filters pollutants, improving water quality. It also reduces a community’s carbon footprint while creating jobs. It’s easy to being composting, and you can start at a household level, even if your community does not provide a municipal service. Compost barrels cost approximately $100. You can fill the barrel with a balance of “browns” (dried leaves, grass, paper scraps, dryer lint etc) and “greens” (vegetable scraps, melon rinds, coffee grinds) and rotate the barrel regularly. Depending on the mix and environmental conditions, you should have useable compost in about a month. There are lots of on-line resources on composting, check out
- Issuing an RFP for Textile Recycling Services
- Considering Community Composting
- Planning for April 21 Earth Day Celebration
- Up coming WaterSense water conservation outreach project.
- Comprehensive Plan's new sustainability and resiliency chapter
- Replacing and adding new electric vehicle charging stations in downtown
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 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.