The term "green" has come to symbolize anything that is good for the environment. For example, green building is an outcome of a design which focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use - energy, water, and materials - while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building's lifecycle, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.
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Green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources.
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity.
- Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation.
What is the City Doing to "Go Green?"
The City of Port Orange has historically:
- Promoted water conservation and reuse as an integral part of its water management program.
- Promoted water conservation through waterwise irrigation practices and the application of Florida-friendly landscaping practices.
- Required the use of low volume plumbing fixtures, including low-flush fixtures, as a potable water conservation tool for all new development.
- Utilized a rebate program for retrofits to low-flush fixtures and other inefficient plumbing devices.
Other conservation initiatives include:
- Using hybrid vehicles in the City fleet whenever possible.
- Installing an energy saving automatic shut off air cooling system at City Hall
- Energy efficient lighting at recreation facilities
- Solar panels on new public buildings, and a solar array for wells at the City's central wellfield.
The City's Green Initiative will focus on making "going green" easier, leading by example, and building technical expertise.
Better Ways to Get to Work
The Florida Department of Transportation provides a Regional Commuter Program called reThink. ReThink promotes commute options that make sense for you. There are many ways to get to work other than driving alone in your car everyday. Please visit reThink's website at www.rethinkyourcommute.com for more information.
Share your Green story!
If you have a great story about how you are Going Green, or have tips, interesting websites or other information to share, write us! As we continue to develop this site, we'll highlight the stories and information you provide!