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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 - August 
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Back-to-school is marked with tax-free shopping days that encourage consumption.  Before buying everything on the teacher’s list, take a careful inventory of what you already have that can be used again. Did you use all of last year’s highlighters, pocket folders or pencils?  Buy products with the highest percentage of post-consumer recycled content possible, preferably paper that is processed chlorine free (PCF). The average school tosses 38 tons of paper -- the equivalent of 644 trees -- each year, so purchasing post-consumer recycled paper, and making sure that it gets recycled again, makes a difference. Green purchases are especially important if parents are asked to stock the classroom with paper towels, tissues, dry easer markers and cleaning supplies.  Beyond school supplies, consider reusable lunch containers, clothing from natural or recycled fiber, and even optimizing car pool options. 

Projects On the Sustainability Desk.....
  • PACE program -Delray Beach Welcomes NRG Alliance/Florida PACE Funding Agency and Renovate America's HERO PACE program.  They join Renew Financial and  Ygrene LLC in offering PACE financing to Delray Beach residents.
  • SolSmart Advisor - assistance on advancing solar in Delray Beach.
  • Turtle Lighting Enforcement - Nests will be hatching, need to keep the beach area dark.
  • Comprehensive Plan's new sustainability and resiliency chapter
  • October King Tide Educational Event - 2017 Topic, Seawalls and Living Shorelines

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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