April 5, 2013
(West Palm Beach, FL) – When you think of leaders in environmental efforts, city governments might not top most people’s list. But the City of West Palm Beach is the exception to the rule.
The city’s Office of Sustainability has been chosen as the 2013 Environmental Organization of the Year by the Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center.
This award is given to an organization which has a mission to serve, protect and educate the public about the environment and that has demonstrated exemplary innovation, resourcefulness, leadership and a commitment to helping solve South Florida’s environmental issues through public education and action.
“The City and Office of Sustainability team is honored to be recognized by the FAU/ Pine Jog Environmental Education Center – one of the oldest nature centers in the nation – as the Environmental Organization of the Year,” said Penni Redford, the city’s Sustainability Manager.
“We strive to have our professionalism, passion and dedication shine through in all the programs and interactions that we do, being mindful of the important role we play in preserving and enhancing the quality of life within our great city,” said Redford.
About the Office of Sustainability
The City of West Palm Beach adopted ‘Rethink Paradise: West Palm Beach, Sustainability Action Plan’ in the summer of 2012.
The vision is to work toward goals that meet the present needs of our City while preserving resources required for our younger generations. It focuses on building a green economy, minimizing the production of waste and greenhouse gas emissions, acting as leaders within the region in achieving energy independence and security and preparing ourselves for a changing climate. The vision of sustainability balances human needs with the needs of our natural environment, which include:
· Community education,
· The availability of quality (high tech and green collar) jobs,
· Developing functional communities with a sense of character and place,
· Access to affordable housing and health care, and
· Opportunities for recreation and the arts.