Being sustainable remains in the forefront of decision making for Manatee County as leaders balance the environment, the economy, and the human/social needs of our community. As science, technology, and information change on the issues of sustainability, we adjust our path but consistently take steps toward this goal.
Sustainability Areas of Emphasis
With some planning and experimentation, Manatee County residents and visitors can customize a reliable, inexpensive and enjoyable way to move around the area for work and recreation. By linking different methods of travel and varying the way you commute during the week, alternative commuting can save you a lot of time, money and stress. read on Alternative Commuting
Sustainable development is that which utilizes environmentally responsible and resource-efficient materials and processes. Manatee County has taken great strides in implementing sustainable building initiatives and energy saving measurements and continues to spread these initiatives throughout the County. read on Buildings and Development
Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and cost effective ways to combat climate change, improve air quality and reduce energy costs. Manatee County is focusing on energy reduction and efficient technologies throughout our operations and looking for ways to help residents, visitors and businesses do the same. read on Energy
Since its inception, the Green Team has succeeded in accomplishing many objectives and goals that create a more sustainable and enjoyable environment in Manatee County. We are working diligently to enhance the effectiveness of our current projects and to implement new initiatives that are in line with our long-term sustainability goals. Please view the updated list which showcases and highlights the projects we're currently working on. read on Initiatives
The triple bottom line is an accounting framework that includes social, environmental, and financial factors and therefore is considered a full-cost accounting method. Managing with the triple bottom line in mind, businesses are positioned to gain efficiency in operations, attract and retain high quality employees, improve community relations, enhance brand image, boost customer loyalty, as well as a benefit from a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Green businesses operate to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. Businesses in Manatee County are recognizing the benefits of adopting sustainable practices and we want to commend them for their efforts! read on Sustainable Business
A sustainable community refers to a community that is planned, built or modified to promote sustainable living. These communities tend to focus on environmental and economic sustainability, urban infrastructure, social equity and municipal government.
A sustainable community’s success depends upon its members’ commitment and involvement. The first key commitment is an active, organized and informed citizenship. Next, we must have inspiring, effective and responsive leadership. Finally, we need responsible, caring and healthy community institutions, services and businesses. It is up to each of us to make Manatee County the premier place to live, work and play, now and for generations to come.
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Recycling is the cornerstone for sustainability. Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. The increasing global population and current rate in which we consume natural resources to create new products cannot be sustained without recycling. read on Waste
Water is a basic and essential need of every living creature. Manatee County encourages and supports water conservation through various ordinances, educational programs and special events. Everyone has a role to play in conserving water and thus promoting a healthy economy and community. Manatee County calls upon businesses, schools, industries, citizens and visitors to help protect our precious resource by practicing water saving measures and becoming more aware of the need to save water. read on Water