The City of Winter Park is committed to reducing the impact it and others have on the environment through its operational and community-wide initiatives. To become a truly sustainable community, Winter Park needs help from you — the residents, businesses, students, and community partners.

In taking the Winter Park Sustainability Pledge, you can make a personal commitment to sustainable living by incorporating tips into your everyday routine.

The pledge contains ten items and takes approximately two minutes to complete.
  • Energy

    LED light bulbs are extremely efficient at converting energy into light. An LED bulb produce an average of 85 lumens per watt of power used, which is approximately 15% more than CFLs and more than five times as much as an incandescent. For more tips on how to save energy, visit the Sustainability Program’s Buildings, Energy & Water page.
    To request your residential home energy use audit, visit cityofwinterpark.org/sustainability.
  • Food

    According to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 96 billion pounds of food goes to waste every year in the United States. This requires energy to create wasted food, and it requires additional fossil fuels for transportation and disposal.
    Going meatless once a week can help reduce your impact on the environment and increase your intake of healthy, locally-sourced produce. For meat-free recipes, visit meatlessmonday.com.
  • Water

    When using the hot setting on the average washing machine, a single load of laundry uses the same amount of energy as driving a car 9 miles. According to Water Use It Wisely, turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth can save up to 25 gallons of water each month. For more water-saving tips, visit wateruseitwisely.com.
  • Transportation

    Active travel not only potentially benefits health as a source of physical activity but may also off-set air pollution from motorized vehicles for those trips and contribute to social and environmental goals such as improving social cohesion and reducing CO2 emissions.
    Trees improve air quality by producing oxygen, and trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants. They also store carbon, offsetting harmful byproducts of fossil-fuel burning. Winter Park residents can pick-up a free tree at the city’s annual Earth Day in the Park (April 15, 2018).
  • Waste

    According to the Clean Air Council, Americans throw out enough forks, spoons, paper, and plastic cups each year to circle the equator 300 times.
    To request a free backyard composter (Winter Park Residents Only, while supplies last) and learn more about how to recycle right, visit the Sustainability Program’s Waste Diversion & Recycling page at cityofwinterpark.org/sustainability.
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