Did you know?

Did you know a plastic beverage bottle takes roughly 450 years to decompose?

Take a look at the time it takes garbage to decompose in the environment, according to the U.S. National Park Service:

Glass bottle

1 million years

Monofilament
fishing line
 
600 years

Disposable diaper

450 years

Foamed plastic cup:

50 years

Aluminum can

80-200 years

Plastic bag

10-20 years

Cigarette butt

1-5 years

Newspaper

6 weeks

Information Source: U.S. National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, Fla.

Volusia County Recycling

 

Announcements

What are we doing?

Stimulus Funding

 


Mission and purpose

The Green Volusia program is committed to providing excellent service to the citizens of Volusia County by expanding green practices within county operations, educating the public about environmentally responsible practices, and becoming a leader in sustainability. Green Volusia will create positive change that will benefit our citizens now and into the future.
 

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) designated Volusia County as a Florida Green Local Government in 2010 after it successfully met the sustainability standards established in the FGBC Green Local Government Certification program. Volusia earned a silver level designation. Three cities in Volusia County are also certified as Green Local Governments. The cities of DeLand and Ormond Beach certified at the silver level and the City of South Daytona at the gold level.
 

 

Sustainability Action Plan Adopted

On February 20, 2014 Volusia County Council adopted the Volusia County Sustainability Action Plan.  The plan identifies goals such as promoting a healthy economy, environment, and community.  The plan strives to save tax dollars through water and energy conservation.  Annual work plans will be developed and submitted for Council approval.

 

SJRWMD Tips for Conservation Month

April is Water Conservation Month in Florida, and the St. Johns River Water Management District is joining dozens of agencies and local governments to promote the importance of water conservation.  Click here to learn more.

 

Happy Earth Month from EPA!

Today's Tip: Calculate your household's carbon footprint & get tips on reducing carbon pollution

Use EPA's Household Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator to estimate your emissions resulting from energy use, transportation, and waste disposal. This tool helps you understand where your emissions come from and identify ways to reduce them. The link below will get you started on the right path!

http://epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/ind-calculator.html

 


In October 2013 Volusia Fun and Fit was launched for Volusia County Government employees. County staff and their families were encouraged to participate in the program by walking, running or a combination of both with the goal of completing a 5K by February. Employees who had already completed a 5k were encouraged to try setting a new personal record and to work with other employees to help them reach their goal. Walking and/or running on a morning, lunchtime, or evening employees worked together to be fit while having fun with co-workers, meeting new people, and generally getting to know each other better. Volusia Fun and Fit is a new year round program that promotes the importance of fitness.
 

The Florida Department of Transportation’s reThink program challenged all Volusia County employees to reThink the way they commute to work throughout the month of February. Staff was challenged to try walking, biking, carpooling, or riding the bus to work.  

This February was the third reThink Your Commute Challenge for employees. By taking the challenge employees help reduce emissions (lbs of CO2 ) released, drive less miles,  use less gallons of gas, and save money. 

More information on reThink, Clean Cities, and transportation resources and tips

 


 

Florida Water StarSM is a water conservation certification program for new and existing homes and commercial developments. Florida Water StarSM is a voluntary, third party, certification program designed to increase water efficiency in landscapes, irrigation systems, and indoors.


 

United States Environmental Protection Agency’s GoGreen! Newsletter

EPA Climate Change web site includes basic information on Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Climate Change Science.


 

Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an interagency partnership of the United States Housing and Urban Development, United States Department of Transportation, and United States Environmental Protection Agency
 


 

The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. The program’s environmental guidelines allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance.

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging/about.htm - more about the program

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging/lodges_central.htm Green Lodging designated properties in Volusia County
 

Green Volusia Steering Committee
Katrina Locke
(386) 736-5927 x 15850
klocke@volusia.org

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Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center
123 W. Indiana Ave
DeLand FL, 32720

 

 

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