“We were green before green was cool!”
You may have noticed many “green” practices already in effect throughout Plantation, such as the residential recycling program, Operation Habitat, which worked to certify homes, businesses and schools through the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Habitat program, environmentally friendly construction and demolition debris management requirements, nearly 14 miles of multi-use recreation trails throughout the City, and the establishment of “healthy neighborhoods” such as Plantation Midtown, which makes it safer and easier for residents to navigate throughout the community without the use of a motorized vehicle.
Each of these efforts is a small part of a larger effort to find ways to sustain our natural resources in order to ensure they remain available for generations to come. Here are a few more:
- We’ve pass a resolution (Res 10481) before Council formalizing our commitment
- We received Gold certification through the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) Green Local Government certification program – one of only 11 cities in the state to achieve the Gold level.
- We have updated the City’s mission statement to include a “green” component and added a budget goal for sustainable practices:
Mission statement To continually improve citizens’ quality of life through the provision of value-driven, quality public services and facilities that reflect the expectations of Plantation residents and the business community and confirm the City’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.
Sustainability practices goal Support sustainable development projects that promote positive economic growth, increase social conscience, advance fair competitiveness, stimulate technological innovation and ultimately lead to improved quality of life for this and future generations.
- Plantation’s Landscape Division has been leading the way in “green” efforts for years. With its long standing Arbor Day activities at Plantation schools throughout the months of March and April, Street Tree program, and Operation Habitat, they are the leaders among us in communicating the importance of planting trees and other landscaping for the benefit of all.
- We have worked to become a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) certified “Community Wildlife Habitat,” which means we have certified at least 200 homes, 5 schools and 6 businesses. (We are actually WAY over 300 homes!)
- Green Day was one of Broward County’s first environmental expos, and grows in popularity each year. Started in 2008, Green Day brings the best of all things green – organic food, recycled gifts, clothing and jewelry, building and home improvement, gardening, wildlife protection and more – into one place, Plantation’s Liberty Tree Park. Adults and kids will all find something to enjoy.
- We hold a farmers market here in Plantation every Saturday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at Volunteer Park (12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard) that features fresh Organic and non-Organic produce, breads, dips, dog treats, jellies, jams, and more.
- The City uses “green” cleaning products in its facilities.
- The Public Works department has replaced all City thermostats with programmable thermostats, and replaced traditional lighting with T-8 alternatives. They are also working with the Purchasing department to replace many of our everyday household items (cleaning products, paper goods, light bulbs, etc.) with more “eco-friendly” and quite frankly less expensive alternatives.
- Administration and Planning & Zoning encourage sustainable practices in all new development and redevelopment.
- Individuals within the Development Services building recycle paper, glass, plastic, binders, magazines – anything they can reuse, they do; print and copy duplex whenever possible; use ceramic mugs and plates, rather than paper and plastic; shut off lights in the department when not in use; save documents electronically rather than printing them out; and turn off their computer monitors after hours.
- Our Building department requests all employees to email or fax correspondence related to permits whenever possible; to scan documents and link to appropriate files rather than printing out. All department forms are available online, reports and emails are stored and viewed on computers instead of printed out, and permits will be paperless with online or electronic permit submissions.
- Through the Police department and the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, volunteers from the community take cell phones to Women in Distress and other organizations. Used books are also collected and resold by Friends of the Library.
- Whenever possible, Parks & Recreation Aquatics Division uses rain water to backwash pool filters and keeps chlorine levels to a minimum while still within health department standards.
- Kids at the Veltri Tennis Center recycle used tennis rackets, restringing them, and send them to Mexico for children to use.
- Information Technology has worked with other departments, including City Clerk, Human Resources and Building, to help them implement several paperless initiatives (Council agenda, employee timesheets, online job applications and permit applications, etc.). IT also recycles computers by donating them to non-profit organizations.
- Most every department recycles toner cartridges and other end of life office supplies.
- And everyone’s favorite: recycling used and scrap copy paper to make note pads!