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.
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 accepted by unanimous vote of the City Commission February 9, 2015.
- Sustainability Action Plan Annual Report 2020
- Sustainability Action Plan Annual Report 2019
- Sustainability Action Plan Annual Report 2018
- Sustainability Action Plan Annual Report 2017
- Sustainability Action Plan Annual Report 2016
- Sustainability Action Plan Annual Report 2015
- Sustainability Action Plan – Accepted 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
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.
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 public and private schools serving Winter Park residents 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 2023 recipients list
Nature Photography Contest
In honor of National Nature Photography Day on June 15, Keep Winter Park Beautiful is hosting its first Nature Photography Contest. Participants must submit photos which highlight the natural beauty of Winter Park’s public lands and parks. Each entrant is limited up to 2 photographs that must be received by midnight, Friday, June 30.
For the full requirements and criteria, access the rules and guidelines.
Storm Drain Marking Program
After a 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.
Ward & Wellbeing Earth Day Block Party
This fun-filled event, in conjunction with the 30th Annual “Run for the Trees” Jeannette Genius McKean Memorial 5k, was held Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., in Ward Park and in Center for Health & Wellbeing.
More Earth Day Block Party info.
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!
Winter Park Blooms
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
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Lessons are held at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market.
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Line Dancing Lessons
Lessons are held at the Lake Island Hall.
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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 community partner and gain recognition at our Annual Earth Day event and on promotional materials.
Access the Community Partner form