The county’s Sustainability Action Plan identifies seven goals, which include promoting a healthy economy, environment and community; energy and water reduction and efficiency; and reducing waste and promoting recycling. Each of these goals is supported by objectives and implementable actions.
The plan was created using guiding principles that include:
- Our economy, our community and our environment are interconnected and mutually dependent.
- As a county government we have the opportunity and responsibility to use resources wisely and to encourage others to do the same.
Provide a Healthy Economy: Create a sustainable business environment, retain viable commercial agriculture operations, and provide a high quality of life through provision of community amenities such as parks, libraries and cultural amenities.
Maintain a Healthy Environment: Protect, restore and manage natural lands, manage and protect surface water bodies, protect threatened and endangered species, and plan for adaptation to sea level rise.
Promote a Healthy Community: Encourage local food production, provide for urban open space, improve opportunities for walking and biking, and protect urban tree canopies to provide for the continued health of Volusia County’s residents, businesses and visitors.
Encourage Efficient Transportation and Community Design: Reduce automobile fuel consumption and emissions, improve pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, enhance public transit service, support pedestrian and transit-oriented development, and discourage single-occupancy vehicle use.
Conserve Water and Promote Water Efficiency: Conserve the potable water supply through conservation measures applicable to indoor and outdoor water use in existing buildings and new construction.
Conserve Energy and Promote Renewable Energy: Encourage energy efficiency retrofits for existing buildings, enhance energy performance for new construction, increase use of renewable energy, improve community energy management, provide alternative fuel options, and improve the county’s vehicle fleet.
Reduce Waste and Promote Recycling: Build on past county successes to identify strategies to increase waste diversion rates and educate residents to become well-informed consumers.