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Sustainable Living

Our economy, culture, and quality of life are closely tied to the environment. Sustainable practices enable us to meet our current needs without compromising the next generation's ability to satisfy their own needs. We can preserve our natural heritage and conserve natural resources for the future by living sustainably.

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Eat Local: Lettuce

Locally grown foods boost the local economy, introduce the community to agriculture, and protect natural resources. Plus, they are fresher than foods that travel many miles. Even though eating local isn’t always an option, Florida does offer a variety of local, in-season produce grown throughout the year. Florida offers four varieties of lettuces—all of which are produced throughout the state from November to  More»

What is eCycling?

eCycling is a sustainable way to dispose of your unwanted electronics. Find out more in this Solutions for Your Life video. Image credit: Blablo101/Thinkstock  More»

Snap Beans Are in Season!

Snap beans are in season in Florida from November to May (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services 2015a). A common sight at the Thanksgiving table, snap beans are an important Florida agricultural commodity and can be used in a variety of dishes. Look for them now at your local grocery store or farmers market. Snap Bean Facts Why are they called snap beans? Fresh, good quality snap beans will  More»

Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costumes

From Disney princesses to animals (to even vegetables), Halloween is the one day of the year that encourages people to dress up however they please. While buying and trying on different costumes is always fun, Halloween is the perfect opportunity to be more sustainable by making your own. Five DIY Halloween Costumes Here are five do-it-yourself Halloween costumes that can help you show off your creative side, keep some money in  More»

Sustainable Halloween Tips

When you think of Halloween, you probably envision candy, scary movies and trick-or-treating, but what about sustainability? From costumes to decorations, Halloween actually provides a great opportunity to put sustainable practices into action. How to be “Green” this Halloween Make your Halloween costume from used clothing (search your closet or visit a thrift store) or recycled materials, instead of purchasing one. Use  More»

Eat Local: Pecans

Buying local produce and nuts makes you more open to eating fresh fruits and vegetables, highlights the significance of agriculture and boosts your local economy. Since Florida pecans are available from October to January, now is the perfect time to purchase them before they disappear until next fall. Nutritional Facts Although Florida pecans are high in calories, they have many nutritional  More»

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