Green Resources


Energy Efficiency and Conservation                       
U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy webinars are open to the public and cover a range of topics on energy efficiency, renewable energy technology, training for the clean energy workforce, and more.

The Florida Solar Energy Center conducts research and develops energy technology to improve the economy and environment of Florida and the nation. This center also aims to educate the public about its research and how energy technology can make a difference.

The Space Coast Energy Consortium is dedicated to increasing innovative energy opportunities for the Space Coast and Florida. SCEC is constructing an advanced energy industry on the Space Coast and in Central Florida.   

The Home Energy Scoring Program offers homeowners straightforward, reliable information about their homes' energy efficiency. A report provides consumers with a home energy score between 1 and 10, and shows them how their home compares to others in their region. The report also includes customized, cost-effective recommendations that will help to reduce energy costs and improve the comfort of their homes.

EPA kicks off fourth annual Energy Star National Building Competition with more than 3,000 buildings. EPA's Energy Star Program has information for homes and business about energy, efficiency, savings and strategies. You can also browse through a list of Energy Star qualified products.

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Energy Survey or Audits
Have you ever wondered how much energy you could save at home? Or how much money you could save on your energy bill? An energy audit or survey will help you identify where you are using your energy and, in some cases, where you are losing it.

The U.S. Department of Energy website provides information about energy audits. It includes  information about how you can conduct a DIY audit of your home and about having a professional energy audit conducted.

Florida Power & Light has an online home energy survey for its customers. The site also provides additional information on energy saving.

Duke Energy has energy-saving and efficiency tips, rebates and incentives on its website. Customers can compare their current energy usage to previous years and determine where they need to improve.   

The Utilities Commission of City of New Smyrna Beach has energy-saving tips and information on energy incentives on its website.

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Transportation
Carpool Savings Calculator shows you how much money you can save annually, monthly and weekly by carpooling. You also see how much CO2 you can prevent from entering the atmosphere.

Green travel provides ideas and tips on how to plan your trip and travel in an environmentally friendly way.

ReThink your commute is your No. 1 resource for commuter options in Central Florida. This service of the Florida Department of Transportation has four goals: to save you money, reduce congestion, improve air quality, and conserve natural resources.

Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures is a guidebook made by the EPA describing 12 performance measures that can readily be used in transportation decision-making, from transit accessibility to bicycle and pedestrian level of service.

Clean Cities Coalition exists to promote petroleum reduction wherever possible. The website offers online tools such as a vehicle cost calculator and a petroleum reduction planning tool under the Resources tab. Also under that tab are clean cities webinars, newsletters and reports.

Fueleconomy.gov is the official U.S. government source for fuel economy information. Through this website you can calculate and track your fuel economy, find ways to save money and fuel, learn about benefits and tax incentives, and find out about advanced vehicles and fuels and what to look for when buying a new car.

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Water Efficiency and Conservation
Florida Water Star is a water-conservation certification program for new and existing homes and commercial developments. It includes standards and guidelines for indoor fixtures and appliances, landscape design and irrigation systems.

EPA’s WaterSense
Save water and protect the environment by choosing WaterSense labeled products in your home, yard and business and by taking simple steps to save water each day.

St. Johns River Water Management District website provides information about the district, water conservation, up-to-date news, permitting, budgets, government involvement, and more. The site also includes information on water-wise landscaping.

DEP Water Resource Management offers links to several topics such as wastewater, stormwater, drinking water, wetlands, water quality and funding. It also provides information about data findings, supply forms and applications, and describes the processes for different types of permits.

Water Footprint Calculator helps you estimate your total water use. You know water comes from the tap, but do you know how much water goes into your sandwich? Your gadgets? The electricity that powers them? Soon you will!

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Healthy Environment
FWC’s Climate Change Website educates the public about the impacts of climate change to the state's fish and wildlife resources and how the agency is addressing those impacts. You can find out what fish and wildlife managers are doing to help wildlife adapt to potential climate change impacts, measure your carbon footprint, and tap into age-appropriate climate change lessons.

Clean Marina Programs are created to raise awareness about environmentally friendly practices that protect and preserve Florida’s natural environment. These programs are typically geared toward marine facilities and boaters and environmental stewardship.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects, conserves and manages Florida's natural resources and enforces the state's environmental laws.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides general information concerning wildlife. It also includes news releases, programs offered, and links to other important sources of information. This link specifically brings you to the North Florida Ecological Services Office.

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment in Florida. Its mission is "to provide a statewide green building program that defines, promotes and encourages sustainable efforts with environmental and economic benefits." FGBC offers a Green Local Government certification.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. It is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle and recognizes best-in-class building strategies. This site offers general information on the program and links to LEED credentials, rating system and credit library.

MyFlorida Green Building offers a list of third party green building certifications and scoring methods available in Florida. This site allows you to find the certification that is right for your project and provides links to each of the programs.

The St. Johns River Water Management District has resources to help with landscaping choices.

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Healthy Community
The Sierra Club Green Home offers information on how to make your home more environmentally friendly and how to live healthier and more sustainably.

Let’s Move is an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010. The website is a great resource for information and ideas about eating healthier and staying active.

Florida Health: Community Health collaborates with community partners to promote physical activity, improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and work to eliminate health disparities.

American Heart Association provides information on how to get healthy and stay healthy. Tips are provided for nutrition, physical activity, weight management, stress management, deciding which fats and oils are good for you, and how to quit smoking.

Florida Housing: Green Building website provides information and resources on green building to the affordable housing development community.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an interagency partnership of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

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Reducing Waste and Recycling
Volusia County Recycling page explains why it is important to recycle and offers ways to reduce waste.

EPA’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle page provides information on how you can reduce your impact on the environment at home and at work. This page also shows how reducing, reusing and recycling can save money, energy and natural resources.

Learn About Waste is an EPA website that provides information about the types of waste and what you can do to reduce the waste you create.

Earth 911 offers a search tool you can use to search for recycling solutions in your area. You can find out where to recycle a variety of items such as batteries, construction materials, household items, and much more. 

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Healthy Economy
Florida Green Lodging Program recognizes lodging facilities that commit to conserving and protecting Florida’s natural resources.

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment in Florida. Its mission is "to provide a statewide green building program that defines, promotes and encourages sustainable efforts with environmental and economic benefits." FGBC offers a Green Local Government certification.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. It is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle and recognizes best-in-class building strategies. This site offers general information on the program and links to LEED credentials, rating system and credit library.

Partnership for Sustainable Communities is an interagency partnership of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

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General
Green tips provides tips and ideas in all areas of daily life to help you go green. You can find anything from decoration ideas, to owning pets, to how to travel.

EPA website provides information about all aspects of the environment. The EPA creates regulations for environmental laws that are passed through Congress and enforces those laws and regulations.  
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Emergency Wildlife Contacts

Sea turtles: 386-239-6414 or 386-424-2345;  After hours: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) 888-404-3922
Manatees: Death, injury or harassment: FWC Manatee Hotline 888-404-3922
Manatee protection: Manatee Watch and Monofilament Line Recovery: 386-736-5927, ext. 12839
Marine mammal strandings: Beached, dead, injured or sick: Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute/FWC Hotline 888-404-3922
Florida scrub jay: Sightings: 386-736-5927 ext. 12734; Violations and habitat destruction: USFWS 904-731-3336
Injured birds: Marine Science Center 386-304-5530; FWC Hotline 888-404-3922
Gopher tortoise: 386-736-5927 ext. 12734; FWC violations 888-404-3922
Florida Environmental Crimes Hotline: Illegal dumping 877-2-SAVE-FL (877-272-8335)
Fish Kill Hotline: 800-636-0511
Right Whale Hotline: 888-979-4253 

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Katrina Locke
Sustainability and Natural Resources Director
klocke@volusia.org


386-736-5927