King Tide – October 8


“Extreme high tides, or “king tides”, occur at a few specific times during the year when the moon is closest to the Earth. During these high water events, we can see what the average water levels might look like in the future, given projected sea level rise.”  from The King Tides Project

Since the sea level has risen about 9 inches since the turn of the last century this is adding to this phenomenon. We are seeing flooding in certain areas unrelated to rain events, simply because of these high tides.

October 8th is the King Tide for the fall.

The King Tides Project invites people to visit the shoreline and capture images of important places threatened by sea level rise. If you take pictures of the king tide near you, please upload them to assist scientists in understanding better how sea level rise will affect specific areas.

Learn more about king tides at

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit


The 6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit was held on October 1 & 2. The annual Summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade, 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.

The 2014 theme, “Regions Connect → Global Effect” resonates soundly with the Compact, which has been advancing policy and catalyzing action locally and regionally, as well as connecting and collaborating with other communities throughout the nation and the world.

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Drinking Water Week Winners!

The City of West Palm Beach is proud to be an active participant of the American Water Works Association’s annual Drinking Water Week. This year, we held an exciting artwork competition for our students answering a very important question; What does water mean to me?

Parents/teachers were limited to verbal assistance only to allow the children be creative in their free-hand original artwork.

Teachers submitted the top 5 drawings from their classroom.

Criteria for Judging: creativity, use of color, and how well the artwork expressed how water is essential to their daily lives. Spelling counts.

Congratulations to our 1st place winners!

argelinda coloring

Argelinda Pena-Vasquez, Grade 2. Belvedere Elementary- Teacher: Stacey Montoya

aspen coloring

Aspen Johnson, Grade 4. Northboro Elementary- Teacher: Megan Noel

edgar coloring

Edgar Sastre Martinez, Grade 5. Northboro Elementary. Teacher: Megan Noel. Period 1

emeli solis coloring

Emeli Solis-Valesquez, Grade 5. Megan Noel. Northboro Elementary. Teacher: Megan Noel. Period 3





















e4 Business Summit Was a Success ~ Sept 8, 3:30-6 PM


Businesses & Commercial Property Owners as well as Non-Profits within the City of West Palm Beach and businesses that do business in the City came together September 8th to attend the e4 Business Summit.

They helped launch the Green Business Challenge and learned more about the Better Buildings Challenge and Property Assessed Clean Energy and how they can SAVE you money!

To Learn More About and Sign Up for the Green Business Challenge, visit:

Nation’s Mayors Expand Their Commitment to Attack Local Climate Challenges

us conference of mayors climate protection center

At its 82nd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, the nation’s mayors renewed their longstanding commitment to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions, promoting energy independence and efficiency and developing renewable energy.  Mayor Jeri Muoio joined with other USCM leaders to sign a revised agreement that for the first time emphasizes local actions to adapt cities to changing climatic conditions and to build grassroots support for local conservation initiatives.

The Agreement also urges federal and state governments to enact bipartisan legislation, policies and programs to assist mayors in their efforts to lead the nation toward energy independence, create American jobs that can’t be shipped overseas, protect our environment, eliminate waste, and fight climate change.

First launched ten years ago in February of 2005, the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement was a landmark pledge by mayors from all across the country to take local action to reduce carbon emissions from city operation and by the community at large, consistent with the goals of the Kyoto Protocol.  More than 1060 mayors signed the Agreement, mostly representing larger cities. Mayor Lois Frankle signed the original agreement which ultimately lead to the establishment of the City of West Palm Beach’s Office of Sustainability.

Read full agreement: Final USCM 2014 Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.