Watch the 90 second video presentation of Michael Schmitz, Executive Director of ICLEI USA, Local Governments for Sustainability, recognizing the Town's achievement of Milestone #3 in the Climate Protection Campaign
The Town Council approved Resolution-2007-182 which formalized its commitment to sustainability. Among other things, the resolution outlined a formal commitment to minimize environmental impacts and promote sustainable development and green building design. The resolution gave directives to Town staff to develop policies and actions. These will pave the way for training opportunities and energy efficiency standards.
Many “green” practices are already in effect throughout the Town and many others are in the planning stages. Each of these is a small part of a larger effort to find ways to sustain our natural resources in order to ensure they remain available for future generations.
- The Town’s Mission Statement was modified in 2009 to include a reference to preservation of natural settings. It is, “The Town of Davie strives to be the preeminent community in South Florida to live, learn, work and play while treasuring our preserved natural settings.” (Resolution-2009-82)
- A Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory has been completed.
- A Sustainability Action Plan has been completed http://www.davie-fl.gov/Pages/DavieFL_Green/SAP_2011.pdf (6MB).
- The Green Energy & Environmental Committee (GEEC) was created in 2009. Their purpose is to provide recommendations to Town Council for the development and implementation of policies on renewable energy promotion and utilization, environmental protection, resource conservation, energy and water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, and environmental and urban sustainability through the development of an actionable set of goals and strategies that can be implemented in a timely and cost effective manner. (Ordinance-2009-014) To learn more about the GEEC, click on the website link above, Green Energy & Environmental Committee (GEEC). Recommendations made to the Town Council and major items they are working on so far include:
- Joining the ICLEI (International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives) to access software to create the Town’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory. The inventory creates a baseline for monitoring of improvements when adopting policies. This recommendation was adopted by Resolution-2010-244.
- Vehicle idle reduction policy for Town employees. This recommendation was adopted by Resolution-2011-37.
- Registering the Town of Davie in the Community Wildlife Habitat Program of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and work towards certification. This recommendation was adopted by Resolution-2009-323. To learn more about the NWF, click on the website link above, National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
- Developing sustainability checklists for renovations and new construction.
- Establishment of a fleet vehicle replacement program involving the use of hybrid, fuel efficient and/or alternative fuel vehicles. (Resolution 2009-171)
- The Town Council adopted requirements for “Florida-Friendly” landscaping practices and irrigation systems which promote water conservation and water quality improvement. (Ordinance 2010-020)
- The Town's Landscape Department:
- Promotes native plantings using Florida-Friendly landscaping principles
- Attends Arbor Day activities at schools throughout the months of March and April
- Is a member of the Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA program which provides direction, technical assistance, and recognition for urban and community forestry programs
- Has led the efforts in keeping the Town a Tree City since 1991 with 3 of these years being Growth Award years (for extraordinary efforts to grow the program)
- Has participated in a tree study with the University of Florida designed to quantify the environmental benefits of the Town's urban forest such as carbon sequestration and improved water quality
- Are leaders in communicating the importance of planting trees and other landscaping for the benefit of all
- Conducts outreach workshops 3 to 4 times a year with Homeowner’s Associations and various areas in the Town on how to take care of trees and how to prune them
- Participates in Earth Day events each year
- Gave away 750 low-maintenance plants to Town residents during the 2011 Orange Blossom Festival
- Leads the WWIND team described under Ongoing Initiatives below
- Developed 5 Florida-Friendly demonstration gardens for Town residents to pattern their gardens after with the help of the WWIND team and Town employees
- Are actively working with Scout groups to increase the number of wildlife gardens in the Town
- In 2009, the Town was awarded the "Outstanding Forestry Program in Florida" from the Florida Urban Forestry Council.
- Several areas of the Town have master plans in effect for future development that will encourage alternative methods to the use of single-occupancy vehicles, creating healthful, vibrant neighborhoods that minimize impacts to global warming. To learn more about the various master plans the Town has in place, check out the website link provided above, Town's Master Plans.
- The Town encourages constructing, and operating facilities to minimize environmental impacts by incorporating the use of resources and energy efficient materials, renewable resources, alternative energy sources, water conservation, waste reduction, pollution prevention and other strategic actions to promote sustainability and green building design. (Resolution-2007-182)
- Residential recycling program. To learn more about the Town’s recycling efforts and what is available to you, check out the website link provided above, Recycling Programs.
- The Town has 137 miles of recreation trails and 78 miles of equestrian trails.
- There are 1,784 acres of parks within the Town’s borders.
- The Town is a member of several organizations dedicated to stewardship of the environment including:
- U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
- Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC)
- Florida Local Environmental Resource Agencies (FLERA)
- National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
- ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives)
- Several initiatives have been taken in recent years to remove invasive plant species. (e.g., Resolution-2010-219, Resolution-2010-251)
- The Town’s Special Projects Department puts on green market days each year and a Green Fair.
- An urban farming initiative after convening a task force is in place. (Resolution-2010-80)
- The Town started a farmers market in Davie. (Resolution-2010-286)
- Portions of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) were used to fund:
- Building energy efficiency retrofits for the Police Department
- The installation of energy efficient lights and fixtures at Shenandoah and Pine Island Parks
- Administration and Planning & Zoning encourage sustainable practices in all new development and redevelopment.
- Planning & Zoning has reduced the number of plan prints required for plan review on development projects.
- Individual employees within the Town’s various buildings are conscientious about recycling paper, glass, plastic, binders, magazines; printing and copying duplex whenever possible; using ceramic mugs and plates rather than paper and plastic; shutting off lights in their department when not in use; saving documents electronically rather than printing them out (implementing paperless initiatives); and turning off their computer monitors after hours.
- Toner cartridges are recycled and other end of life office supplies are auctioned annually.
- Other Ad-hoc Initiatives:
- The Town has provided recycling opportunities for residents and businesses in public parks where they are able to recycle larger items that curbside receptacles cannot handle
- In 2010, the Town Fleet Department was awarded as being among the "100 Best Fleets in North America"
- Purchased 3 hybrid vehicles
- The Town is seeking to become a certified green local government by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), a non-profit organization working to improve the built environment. To that end, the Town employs many of the actions encouraged by FGBC and is working towards even more. To learn more about this program, check out the website provided above, Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).
- Welcoming Wildlife into Natural Davie (WWIND) is a group of volunteer employees, Town residents, and Town employees who work to certify homes, businesses and schools through the National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Backyard Habitat program. The goal is to earn enough points to have the Town as a whole become a NWF certified Community Wildlife Habitat. Click here to see how you can create your own backyard habitat!
- The Town maintains the Tree Legacy Program and Town Council has also set an ambitious goal to increase forest canopy within the community by 30% by 2030.
- Town staff has been implementing Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology to more effectively read water meters resulting in fewer vehicle miles traveled, less gasoline consumed, and reduced carbon emissions.
- The Public Works department is in the process of replacing Town-owned building thermostats with programmable thermostats. They are also working with the Purchasing department to replace many everyday household items (cleaning products, paper goods, light bulbs, etc.) with more “eco-friendly” alternatives.
Carpools and Commuting
- By using methods other than single-occupancy vehicles to get to work you reduce harmful emissions which are a significant contributor to global warming.
- South Florida Commuter Services is a State run organization that helps promote ride sharing options for commuters in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties. They do this by providing commuters with information on the various modes available, and putting them in touch with riders who live and work in close proximity. In addition, they also work closely with employers to identify commuter issues and provide support to relieve these issues.
- In case of emergency, they also have an Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program that provides six free taxi services per year in emergency situations for registered commuters who carpool at least three times per week. It covers medical emergencies and unscheduled overtime or extended/changed work hours.
- Other benefits to sharing rides to work include savings on the cost of getting to work and savings on the wear and tear on your vehicle.
- The phone number to reach South Florida Commuter Services is 1-800-234-RIDE (7433).
- The website for South Florida Commuter Services is http://www.1800234ride.com/