University of Florida

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.

To find out what Extension services are available in your area or to get personal assistance, please contact your county Extension office.


Sustainable Car Washing

While you may think you save water washing your own car, commercial car washes actually conserve a lot more water. In fact, most commercial car washes use 60% less water to clean your entire car compared to only rinsing (not even cleaning) your car at home. Commercial car washes save water because many of them use two types of recycling systems—100% closed-loop systems and partial recycle systems. Closed-loop systems recycle 100% of the  More»


Saving Water at Home

While the outside temperature surges during Florida’s hot summer, the amount of water homeowners use does, too. Throughout the summer, an average family can use 1,000 gallons of water per day, a 600-gallon increase over their daily use in cooler months! By following these quick tips, saving water at home can be a breeze this summer. Kitchen Fill a pitcher of water and cool it in the fridge, instead of running water until  More»


Eat Local: Summer Squash

People and their communities can benefit from buying local food—it is often fresher than food that has traveled long distances, and it boosts the local economy. Choosing local foods also protects natural resources, such as wildlife, water, and green space. Florida residents can choose from a variety of in-season produce grown in or near their communities. While its name may imply differently, summer squash is available starting in September  More»


Five Reasons to Buy Local Foods

Find out the five reasons why you should buy locally grown food. More...  More»


A Sustainable Summer

Summer is a good time for many fun activities, but it’s also a great opportunity to be sustainable. Not only can practicing sustainability during the summer help the environment, it can also save you money. Try the following sustainable tips this season: Change air filters to improve air conditioning efficiency and lower your utility bills. Ensure there are no leaks in your sprinklers before you water your lawn. Repair any leaks in and  More»

General Resources

UF/IFAS Sites
UF/IFAS Publications
State & Federal Agencies
Other University Sites
Organizations & Associations
Other Sites & Publications

For-Sale Products