Scientists agree that human population continues to have an effect on the environment. This is especially true in South Florida, where there has been a significant increase in population over the last several decades.
Environmental experts use the concept of sustainability to describe the ways that communities are designed, built, and operated so that they use energy and natural resources efficiently and equitably. Another way of describing sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable communities conserve energy, protect the environment, use renewable materials, safeguard water resources, and preserve open space. Many people refer to sustainability as being “green”.
The City of Boca Raton continues to be a leader in community sustainability and environmental stewardship. The City is committed to reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas production, conserving energy, protecting native wildlife, preserving environmentally sensitive land, conserving water resources, and providing educational programs.
However, City programs alone are not enough to create a sustainable community. Effective environmental protection and community sustainability can only occur when citizens and businesses share the responsibility for environmental stewardship.