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Environment

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Environment

When used in the context of sustainability, the environment includes the lands and natural resources that we rely upon for continued survival and the ability to thrive as human beings. Without agricultural lands, how would we grow our food? If we pollute our air and water through improper disposal of waste, how do we continue to survive? The environ­ment, economy and social equity are the three tenets of sustainability, and without proper resource planning, all three of these are jeopardized. Water, air, and natural systems must be sustained for the viability of current and future Southwest Floridians. Even the perception of vulnerability or damage to our natural resources can have negative impacts on our economy.

Continued careful management of environmental resources is crucial for sustainability. As our population con­tinues to grow, a more integrated approach to the design and maintenance of water, stormwater, and wastewater systems will lessen impacts on our natural systems through the reduction of pollution and energy consumption, and protection and restora­tion of ecological systems. More efficient use of our resources will help protect our sensitive ecosystems and allow us to grow our agricultural economy. Whether it is recycling or energy use reduction, it is important to be stewards of our resources so they continue to exist for future generations.

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Collective Impact Areas

NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION

GOALS

  1. Increased amount of priority natural systems conserved for biological function

  2. Increased amount of wetlands, streams, and shoreline buffers

  3. Increased connectivity of land for ecosystem services

  4. Restoration of degradation of natural areas such as erosion and removal of Invasives

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

GOALS

  1. Increased amount of Green Infrastructure, dedicated vegetation spaces

  2. Improve residents’ access to Green Infrastructure

ENERGY

GOALS

  1. Increased use of renewable engery

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