The City of Boca continues to be a leader in community sustainability and environmental stewardship at the local, state and even the national level. The Mayor and City Council are committed to conserving energy, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas production, conserving water resources, preserving environmentally sensitive lands, protecting native wildlife and providing educational programs.
Sustainability continues to be a significant part of many City projects and programs. The document below is the list of the City’s environmental sustainable projects and programs. They have been organized into four broad categories, however many of these projects and programs could easily be included in more than one category.
Visit the Sustainability Initiatives page for more information.
The City of Boca Raton launches a new initiative called The Coastal Connection Restaurant Program. The program, sponsored by the City's Office of Sustainability and Recreation Services Department, is introduced at the Sea Turtle Day Festival at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center on March 2, 2019. This new environmental initiative will recognize restaurants in the community that are making sustainable and eco-friendly changes to benefit our coastal community. Participating restaurants will earn "Sustainability Stars" that reflect their level of commitment to the environment through certain actions.
On March 27, there is a Sustainability Action Plan Public Input Session Opens a New Window. held at the Downtown Library from 6:30pm to 8:30pm to learn more about sustainability, understand the purpose of a Sustainability Action Plan, hear about what the City is doing already, and to provide your priorities related to sustainability.
The Sustainability manager is developing a sustainability plan and working to promote sustainable efforts internally and in the community. Presentation to the City Council in February 2019.
City hires full-time sustainability manager.
Horticultural Practices in Parks Maintenance
September 12, 2018
Sustainability Manager, Lindsey Nieratka & Recreation Services Director, Michael Kalvort, present an update on Horticultural Practices at the City Council Workshop.
Click here to view the video of the presentation at the meeting.
Biodegradable Bags Now Available at All Beach Access Points
August 18, 2017
Pack it In Pack it Out, Trash Your Trash and Leave No Trace. Hikers, campers and those who love the outdoors understand these basic principles and the City of Boca Raton is now helping residents and visitors do their part by providing new biodegradable bags at all beach access points. The bags are located in bag dispensers with tinted Plexiglas doors which help curtail UV ray degradation.
For those committed to outdoor ethics by keeping our beaches and waterways clean, there are many ways to get involved. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center offers environmental camps and regularly scheduled programs for seining the lagoon. Local community and nonprofit groups organize beach clean ups throughout the year and have provided plastic buckets at certain locations for additional opportunities to keep the beaches clean.
For pet owners who frequent Dog Beach at Spanish River Park, ongoing efforts to pick up after your pets has helped make the beach a favorite weekend playground for pups. Thanks for keeping our beaches clean Boca Raton!