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July 20, 2018
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July 20, 2018

Delray Beach

The goal from the very beginning was simple. For Delray Beach to continue to be the thriving community it has been for decades – a magnet for business, visitors and residents alike – City leaders realized they needed to protect the natural environment and preserve resources for future generations. That simple goal and a determination to simultaneously experience significant cost savings through innovative environmental programs have been the blueprint for Delray Beach’s continued environmental efforts. Today, the City has a growing reputation as an environmental leader in South Florida and as a community, whose leaders understand the value of sustainability. In just a few short years, Delray Beach unveiled an ambitious electric vehicle charging program – the first in Palm Beach County and one of the first in Florida – while at the same time becoming one of the few to earn a Green Local Government designation from the Florida Green Building Coalition. One of the first cities in the region to close its ocean outfall and stop pumping treated sewage effluent into the ocean, it has also been involved in a massive water reclamation project in which treated effluent from the regional sewage treatment plant is used for irrigation, thus protecting our drinking water supply. Recently, Delray Beach launched the largest beach-recycling project in Palm Beach County and also expanded its use of solar trash-compactors, which can hold three times more trash than traditional receptacles. Through partnerships with state and federal governments, with non-profit organizations and local businesses, the City has been able to implement these programs at reduced costs. In addition to helping save the environment, many of these programs are also creating tax savings that are being passed on to residents and may be targeted to fund new green initiatives. All of these highly visible projects are helping create cultural changes throughout the community that will lead to long-term sustainability. While the City is making great strides, true success depends on involvement by the entire community. That’s why, as you read through this report, you’ll see that we’ve listed simple ways you can be more green while you live, work and play in Delray Beach. Read More