WPB Trees – Another Installment…

TreesWPB_Logo_v10 croppedFREE TREES for WPB Residences and Businesses who stop by City Hall this week.

In recognition of Customer Service Week, one tree per water account will be available for pick up this week.

Remember to also sign up for electronic billing, if you have not already, and get on the list to receive another tree at the next scheduled pick up.

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability has embarked on a 10 year/10,000 tree project to increase the canopy of the West Palm Beach urban forest as part of the implementation of the “Rethink Paradise: West Palm Beach Sustainability Action Plan”. To do this, the City will provide free or reduced priced trees to the residents and businesses of the City. Trees will be distributed minimally in 3 gallon pots and ready for planting. Planting and care instructions will be provided with each tree. Trees to be awarded will be Florida Friendly species.

For example: Switch to paper free Public Utilities Water billing and receive a free tree.  Shade, cool and Beautify your home or business. Paper free services save energy and natural resources. Sign up for paperless billing at wpb.org/utilities/paperless-billing/.

Why Plant Trees?

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2015 Earth Overshoot Day was August 13

Haven’t heard of Earth Overshoot Day before? While it’s not something to celebrate, it should definitely be noted and taken into consideration.

foot_print_hr_v2-1125x635From the Earth Overshoot Day website: “Global overshoot occurs when humanity’s annual demand for the goods and services that our land and seas can provide—fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, wood, cotton for clothing, and carbon dioxide absorption—exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can renew in a year. Overshoot means we are drawing down the planet’s principal rather than living off its annual interest. This overshoot leads to a depletion of Earth’s life-supporting natural capital and a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.”

Learn more by reading this great aricle by Samantha Page at thinkprogress.org

Or go to the Earth Overshoot Day website to learn more including using their footprint calculator to see what your own footprint is.

Understanding the Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – an historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change.

Read a blog by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy discussing 6 things to know about the Clean Power Plan.

Learn about carbon pollution from power plants and details on the Clean Power Plan.

7th Annual SE FL Regional Climate Leadership Summit, Dec 1-3, 2015

7th SE FL Regional Climate Leadership Summit Dec 1-3

Monroe County and the City of Key West are pleased to host the 7th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on December 1-3, 2015. The annual summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners.

The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-related collaboration and knowledge sharing. The summit attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia and the non-profit community to exchange ideas and dialogue at panel discussions and networking breaks.

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West Palm Beach honored for its green energy savings

There are only two…that’s right two…cities in the country that managed to reach their energy savings goals SIX years ahead of schedule.

And West Palm Beach is one of them!

As part of the Better Buildings Challenge with the U.S. Energy Department, the city pledged to reduce its energy use twenty percent by the year 2020.

Well…here we are in 2015…and the city has already passed its goal!

Penni Redford, the head of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability was in Washington DC this week to accept the honor from U.S. Dept. of Energy Undersecretery Lynn Orr.

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