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Nominate businesses for environmental excellence in Broward

The Emerald Award Program is designed to recognize businesses, government, individuals, or organizations in Broward County demonstrating a commitment to protecting and preserving our environment. The Emerald Award Program recognizes exemplary performance in the following categories: Pollution Prevention/Hazardous Waste Reduction Recycling Green Practices/Innovative Climate Change Leader NatureScape Broward Every applicant for an Emerald Award is [...]

October 25th, 2011 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Drought, over 3,300 wildfires cause campfire ban on state lands

The Division of Forestry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services enacted today a temporary statewide restriction prohibiting open campfires on all state lands due to extreme drought conditions and increasing wildfire threats. This temporary restriction against open campfires prohibits all fires placed openly on the ground until further notice or until the [...]

June 16th, 2011 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Featured,Fire/police,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Recreation,Tallahassee | Read More »

Residents Urged to Conserve Water in Broward

All residents are encouraged to conserve water in response to severe drought conditions and a Water Shortage Warning issued by the South Florida Water Management District. During February, Broward County received just 0.17 inches of rain, and from October through February Florida’s Lower East Coast received less than half the average rainfall for this five-month [...]

May 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Latest news,Local news,Water management | Read More »

SFWMD Issues a Burn Ban on Public Lands; campfires not allowed

To protect lives, property and the environment in severe drought conditions that have increased wildfire danger, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) today issued an emergency order prohibiting building fires on certain District lands open for recreation. The order covers 13 of the District’s 16 counties. Polk, Osceola, and Orange counties are exempt from [...]

April 27th, 2011 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fire/police,Latest news,Local news,Recreation | Read More »

Wet January welcome but water shortage concerns remain

South Florida Rainfall Jan 2011

Although parts of Central and South Florida received above-average rainfall in January, South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) meteorologists are reporting that the region remains in a rainfall deficit for the 2010-2011 dry season. “January’s rainfall was welcome and helpful, but in reality, it did not make up for a deficit accumulated through the last [...]

February 7th, 2011 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Environmental,Everglades,Featured,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Water management,Weather | Read More »

FREE Training for Prospective Florida Water Star Certifiers

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is hosting its third free training session for prospective Florida Water Star residential certifiers. The two-day workshop will feature an overview of the water conservation program’s three residential tiers — Gold, Silver and Bronze — along with hands-on field training in the Florida Water Star inspection process. A [...]

February 1st, 2011 | Posted in Broward County,Business,Emerging Green,Employment,Environmental,Everglades,Fort Lauderdale,Latest news,Local news,Water management | Read More »

School District saves 1.3 Million during Winter break

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) sites working together and following the District’s “Turn It Off” motto, reduced its electrical consumption during the winter break, by over eight million kilowatt-hours, compared to the same period last year.  That reduction resulted in a savings of over $1.1 million. That savings is in addition to an estimated $250,000 [...]

January 21st, 2011 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,FPL,Latest news,Local news,Schools | Read More »

Attorney General Warns Floridians on accepting Final or Quick Payments from BP


On Friday, Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a consumer advisory warning Floridians about final or quick payments options from BP. Gulf Coast Claims (GCCF) Administrator Kenneth Feinberg announced the GCCF’s next phase which will include three payment options: interim payments, final payments and quick final payments. Claimants accepting of either of the final payment options [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Featured,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Oil | Read More »

Recycle your Christmas tree in Broward


Is there anything sadder than a holiday tree that’s still standing around in someone’s living room well into the new year? If the holidays are long gone but your tree isn’t, it’s time to chip in and donate your used evergreen to our annual Chip-a-Tree initiative. Last year Broward County Parks recycled 9,225 trees, representing [...]

December 13th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Events,Fort Lauderdale,Holiday,Local news | Read More »

Hollywood Residents can donate recycling points to schools

Hollywood residents who are enrolled in their city’s RecycleBank rewards program can now designate one of two Hollywood schools to receive the points they earn through their participation.

November 30th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Hollywood,Latest news,Local news | Read More »

8,400 square miles of Gulf waters reopen for fishing

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cleared another 8,403 square miles of Gulf waters for fishing. The area reopened is due south of the Florida/Alabama state line extending west to the Louisiana state water line. This opening leaves just a fraction of the Gulf of Mexico closed to fishing. The area just reopened has [...]

November 16th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Latest news,Local news,Oil | Read More »

America Recycles Day November 13, 2010

“I Recycle” is the theme of Keep America Beautiful’s 2010 America Recycles Day (ARD), which takes place on November 15. Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 13-year history of ARD, a nationally-recognized initiative dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home, at work, [...]

November 10th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Culture,Emerging Green,Environmental,Local news,marine | Read More »

New River Greenway Now Open for Recreation


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has officially turned over the New River Greenway to Broward County, the first segment of a planned countywide network of safe and clean bicycle, pedestrian paths, nature trails and waterways. Residents can now recreate along the greenway that parallels I-595 from 136th Avenue to University Drive in Plantation. The [...]

November 7th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Featured,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Transportation | Read More »

South Plantation Seniors Learn from Renowned Everglades Photographer

Renowned Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher speaks to South Plantation High School students at Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Discovery and Science.

Twenty-five South Plantation High School seniors in the school’s Environmental Science and Everglades magnet program recently had a unique opportunity to learn from renowned Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher. Butcher is best known for his large black and white photographs taken in national parks, especially those taken in Floridaís Everglades. Butcher’s photographs are currently on exhibit [...]

November 7th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Local news,Plantation,Schools | Read More »

South Florida Experiences Driest October on Record


With little rainfall in recent weeks, meteorologists from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) reported that last month was the driest October in South Florida since recordkeeping began in 1932. The low monthly rainfall total, coupled with seasonal forecasts of exceptionally dry conditions, underscores the need for water conservation to protect the region’s limited [...]

November 1st, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Everglades,Local news,Water management | Read More »

SFWMD closes US Sugar purchase to improve Everglades


The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) closed on the purchase of land from the United States Sugar Corporationlast week, providing 26,800 acres of strategically located property south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration.  The $194 million acquisition places 42 square miles of agricultural land into public ownership for the construction of water quality improvement [...]

October 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Local news,Palm Beach,Water management | Read More »

Broward Schools, local teacher honored for environmental efforts

Broward County Public Schools Environmental website and South Plantation High School teacher Pamela Krauss have each received the prestigious 2010 Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green School Award.  Winners received a trophy and $1,500. The District was honored for its interactive, environmental website “Live Green, Learn Green” (www.BrowardSchoolsGoGreen.com). Krauss was selected for a “Green Waterwise” project. [...]

October 17th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Local news,Schools | Read More »

SFWMD, USDA agree on operation of “Bug Nursery” in Davie

Caterpillars of the brown lygodium moth (left) feed on invasive Old World climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum), which can completely cover and shade out native plants.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today approved a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to operate and manage a science facility to raise insects for use as biological controls. These insects will be used to control the spread of invasive exotic plant species, such as [...]

October 17th, 2010 | Posted in Animals,Broward County,Davie,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Pompano Beach to be Certified as Community Wildlife Habitat

Leading a nationwide trend in community concern for habitat loss, the community of Pompano Beach will be officially designated a Community Wildlife Habitat, the 42nd in the country and the seventh community in Florida to receive this honor. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) commends the dedicated residents of Pompano Beach and the Go Wild! Team [...]

October 17th, 2010 | Posted in Animals,Broward County,Environmental,Latest news,Local news,Pompano Beach | Read More »

Global Work Party Day for climate change Sunday, Oct. 10

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Following my tradition started from last year, I will be participating along with other members and supporters of 350.org, a Fort Lauderdale Global Work Party Day event hosted by 350.org. On Oct. 10, almost 7,000 events will take place in 188 countries showing action against climate change. Visit www.350.org for more on the international movement. Locally,I [...]

October 7th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

New Protocols Seek Improved Balance for Lake Okeechobee Operations

04/28/10 Lake Okeechobee South end

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board today provided input on an updated document to guide District recommendations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the management of Lake Okeechobee. Known as Adaptive Protocols for Lake Okeechobee Operations, the document lays out measures to better balance the needs of the lake and [...]

October 4th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Everglades,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Palm Beach,Water management | Read More »

Broward Schools, South Plantation High finalists for state green award

Both Broward County Public Schools and South Plantation High School teacher Pamela Krauss have been notified they are finalists for the prestigious 2009-2010 Governor’s Serve to Preserve: Green School Awards. The District is being recognized for its interactive, environmental website “Live Green, Learn Green” (www.BrowardSchoolsGoGreen.com). Krauss was selected as a finalist for the “Green Waterwise” [...]

October 4th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Schools,Tallahassee | Read More »

Florida Opportunity Fund seeks applications for clean energy investment program

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The Clean Energy Investment Program, launched by the Florida Opportunity Fund in 2008 with an initial $36 million in funding, is now accepting applications for investment opportunities that advance the adoption of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technology across the State. The Clean Energy Investment Program will provide qualifying Florida businesses with investments in three primary [...]

September 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental | Read More »

Join international coastal cleanup, John U. Lloyd Park on Sept. 25

NOVA SE logo

2010 marks the 25th annual international coastal cleanup hosted by Ocean Conservancy. Do your part! Grab your gloves, sunglasses and sunscreen and enjoy a morning in the sun -as well as clean up our beaches. When: September 25th from 9:00 am -12:00pm Where: John U. Lloyd Park Following last years success, students from Nova Southeastern [...]

September 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Events,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Florida leads in clean energy funding

Florida Opportunity Fund LOGO

Lucky enough to live in Florida? The Florida Energy and Climate Commission has tapped the Florida Opportunity Fund to launch the Clean Energy Investment Program, providing an initial $36 million in federal stimulus dollars for projects across the State to spur economic development in renewable energy and energy efficiency. “From renewable energy products to energy [...]

September 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Latest news,Local news | Read More »

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