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Sustainable Living

Our economy, culture, and quality of life are closely tied to the environment. Sustainable practices enable us to meet our current needs without compromising the next generation's ability to satisfy their own needs. We can preserve our natural heritage and conserve natural resources for the future by living sustainably.

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What Does the “USDA Certified Organic” Label Mean?

Have you ever spotted an organic label in the grocery store and wondered what it meant? What you saw was the USDA organic seal, which means a particular product has at least 95 percent organic content and is certified by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). The USDA also certifies multi-ingredient products made with certified organic ingredients. You may see the following labels in relation to multi-ingredient products: “100%  More»


Reduce Waste at Home

From banana peels to cardboard boxes to cans of soda, these items are hauled to their final resting places at the landfills—to be incinerated or to decompose over months or years. In 2014, Florida’s municipal solid waste (MSW) collections grew to 32.4 million tons—an increase of 1.2 million tons from the previous year. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Banana peels are great for composting, and we all know soda cans and  More»


Alternative Sustainable Mulches

Go green with some sustainable mulches that can be an alternative for the landscape. More...  More»


Home Energy Conservation

Lights, Water Heaters, & Appliances Turn off lights when you leave a room. Switch to compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs — or other efficient bulbs — in lighting fixtures. Run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads. Use the appropriate load settings. If you're buying new appliances, look for ones with the ENERGY STAR® logo. Set your water heater thermostat to 120°F. Clean your dryer's lint screen before running a new  More»


Sustainable Fishing (Part 2)

Discover different sustainable fishing practices in the second part of this two-part video series. More...  More»

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