Our Mission

Keep American Beautiful President's Circle Recognition Award 2019 To improve the quality, sustainability and aesthetics of our environment in order to create a healthier, more beautiful place to live, work, and play for today’s residents and future generations.

On May 28, 1993, the City of Winter Park’s Keep Winter Park Beautiful (KWPB) program was recognized as an official affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. City residents who shared a passion for maintaining and enhancing the quality of the city’s built and natural environment came together by creating the city’s Keep Winter Park Beautiful Advisory Board. In the summer of 2012, the KWPB Advisory Board merged with the city’s Environmental Review Board to create the Keep Winter Park Beautiful & Sustainable Advisory Board. The board is comprised of seven members and an alternate. While the new board is still committed to the original mission of preserving and enhancing the community’s beauty, it is also the city’s lead advocate for promoting the environmental, economic and social sustainability of Winter Park.

A special project of the KWPB&S Advisory Board, Winter Park Blooms, is comprised of community volunteers along with organizations that are involved with the yearly America in Bloom evaluation of Winter Park. Stay updated by liking the Winter Park Blooms Facebook page.

In its fifth year of participation in America in Bloom (AIB), the City of Winter Park was:

  • Awarded a five-bloom rating
  • A finalist for an Outstanding Achievement Award for Environmental Efforts
  • Awarded the Special Award for the “Coolest Downtown”

Read more in the 2017 AIB Evaluation Report.

Winter Park Blooms (WPB) invites you to enter their inaugural Caladium Photography Contest and help promote the beauty of these long-lasting, colorful plants. Images may showcase caladiums used in landscaping, containers, hanging baskets, or floral arrangements. Each entrant can submit up to two photographs. Winners will receive prizes and have their photographs showcased at the Winter Park Public Library, added to the City Hall lobby monitors, and posted on the WPB Facebook page. Download the application and contest rules.

Tips on Planting & Growing Caladium Bulbs in Central Florida

Sustainability Action Plan

Led by the Keep Winter Park Beautiful & Sustainable Advisory Board, the city’s first Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) is a collaborative effort involving the entire community. The plan was adopted by unanimous vote of the City Commission on February 9, 2015.

The purpose of the SAP is to create a roadmap depicting where the city is today and where it would like to be in the future, in regard to sustainability. It is divided into seven categories, long term objectives and short term actions for helping the city achieve these long term objectives. The objectives are intended to be quantifiable so that progress can be measured on an annual basis and reported to decision makers and stakeholders. A collaborative, integrated approach is necessary for working toward meeting the objectives outlined in the program. The plan is a living document intended to evolve over time as Winter Park experiences both progress and challenges.

By integrating elements of this plan, Winter Park will:

  • Increase the quality of life while improving individual and community health.
  • Become more energy independent.
  • Protect and enhance air quality, water quality, and natural systems.
  • Save money.
  • Increase economic value.

It is the intention of this document to provide high level objectives that are conceptually approved by the City Commission and leadership. The actions listed under each category are put forth as possible avenues for achievement of the approved goals, and do not represent required or prescriptive measures.

A Winter Park Sustainability Development Plan will be presented to the Commission for formal approval on an annual basis.

This annual plan will include:

  • Summary of previous year project/Action status
  • Proposed project/Action list
  • Projected project costs
  • City staff and budget allocations
  • Outside funding opportunities

On-going Projects

Earth Day in the Park – This fun-filled event will be held Saturday, September 20, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Shady Park and the Community Center. More Earth Day in the Park info.

FDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program – Every year millions of visitors get their first glimpse of our state from their car windows as they travel along Florida’s Highways. First impressions can be long lasting. Do we want them to see miles of roadway cluttered with litter? Or clean, green tree-lined highways that truly represent Florida’s natural beauty? The choice is an easy one: Adopt-A-Highway.

Government Operations – The city is committed to creating healthier and more comfortable environments by:

  • Tracking our Energy and Water Performance on ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®
  • Increasing our Renewable Energy Production
  • Greening our city fleet

KWPB&S Green Schools Grant Program – Supports schools serving Winter Park in their efforts to achieve sustainability goals and beautify their campus, while engaging and educating students Pre-K through grade 12 in the practices of sustainability.
Access the 2020 grant application and 2019 recipients list.

Storm Drain Marking Program – After rainfall, stormwater flows over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building dirt/sediment. Stormwater runoff is directed to local waterways, that without treatment, can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters. Help protect our city’s waterways from pollution by placing storm drain markers in your neighborhood!

Watershed Cleanups – For more than six decades, Keep America Beautiful has served as our country’s nonprofit steward of litter prevention. Litter is more than just a blight on our landscape. Litter is costly to clean up, impacts our quality of life and economic development, and eventually ends up in our waterways and oceans. Do your part to Keep Winter Park Beautiful & Sustainable, sign up for one of our upcoming watershed cleanups today!

Support KWPB&S

Ballroom Dance Lessons – Lessons are held at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market. Access details for the next class schedules.

Memorial Bricks – Purchase a personalized brick to be installed at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market or Park Grove. Download the Memorial Brick form.

Sheltered Bus Stop Advertising – Advertise your local business at select LYNX sheltered bus stops in Winter Park and help support KWPB&S programming. Contact us for more information.

Become a Community Partner – Become a sponsor and gain recognition at our Annual Earth Day event and on our promotional materials. Download the sponsorship form.

Contact Information

Vanessa Balta Cook

Sustainability & Permitting Planner

Agnieszka Tarnawska

Sustainability & Permitting Assistant

Our Vision

Winter Park is the city of arts and culture, cherishing its traditional scale and charm while building a healthy and sustainable future for all generations.