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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 May. Lettuce  More»


Saving & Using Rainwater

Groundwater resources in Florida face high demand for consumption, agricultural, and industry needs. Taking advantage of Florida’s seasonal rainfall can reduce pressure on groundwater for non-potable uses during drier seasons. For the homeowner, harvesting rainwater reduces your water bills and allows you to use the stored water at your discretion—it is not public water, so you do not have to follow water restrictions. Depending on your  More»


Sustainable Fire Ant Management

The red imported fire ant is a well-known and troublesome pest throughout the southeastern United States. This invasive species is aggressive,and their painful stings  can injure both humans and animals. The nuisances and hazards of fire ants cause many people to seek a “quick-fix” control strategy. The high demand for a fast solution has led to the development of many “home remedies” and practices advertised as alternatives to  More»


Facts About Bottled Water

With half of all Americans drinking bottled water each day, it's important to know the facts and myths. More...   More»


Seasonal Sustainability: Spring

Many people think of warm weather when they think about spring, but the season can also bring opportunities for sustainability. The following are some practices you can do to consider the environment this spring: Take advantage of the weather by walking or riding a bike instead of driving. If you’re spring cleaning, don’t forget to recycle, eCycle, and donate things you don’t need. During the day, use shades, drapes, or blinds to  More»

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