Mayor Announces New City Vehicle Anti-Idling Policy
The City of West Palm Beach, Fla., has implemented a policy banning idling of city utility vehicles for more than five minutes. The new rule covers hundreds of vehicles across the city and is expected to reduce emissions and save money.
Several months of analysis shows the new rule will save tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars. These savings are expected to multiply when the new policy is also extended to other city departments. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio announced the policy on Nov. 24.
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WPB Trees – Coming Soon
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/. More information on this new Sustainability initiative coming soon…
Why Plant Trees?
U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Releases Most Up to Date Climate Report – 2 Nov 2014
Concluding instalment of the Fifth Assessment Report:
Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts, but options exist to limit its effects
“Human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents. If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. However, options are available to adapt to climate change and implementing stringent mitigations activities can ensure that the impacts of climate change remain within a manageable range, creating a brighter and more sustainable future. ” From November 2, press release.
Full press release here
Summary of report for policy makers (40 pages)
Synthesis Report (116 pages)
Take a survey to protect coral reefs
, October 27, 2014
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
“Do you fish, dive or boat in the Atlantic Ocean? The state of Florida wants anyone who engages in any sort of coastal activity from Miami-Dade to Martin counties to fill out an online survey to help better manage and protect the state’s coral reefs.
“The information will be used to create maps that show where people are visiting the reefs, what they’re doing and how often they’re doing it. The ultimate goal is to “better balance resource use and protection,” according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.”
Link to Survey.
Henrietta Bridge Farm Project
Want to help out at a community farm (almost) right in your backyard? Volunteers are welcome every Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Henrietta Bridge Farm at 1400 Henrietta Ave, West Palm Beach, or email Bosley at email@example.com
So far, 1200 pots filled with soil and planted seedlings have installed. They will be growing Cherry Tomatoes, Standard Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Beans, Squash, Carrots…And later, Leafy vegetables like Greens, Kale and Cabbage.