What are we doing?
Highlights of the county's projects, events, programs and partners that promote sustainability.
At the 2016 Water Festival in DeLand, 54 visitors pledged to use a Green Volusia reusable water bottle, which reduces the amount of waste created from single-use bottles. To reduce waste in our own operations, Volusia County employees receive a reusable water bottle at new employee orientation. The Green Volusia water bottles are made in the United Sttaes from recycled, BPA-free, food-grade HDPE plastic (number 2).
- Parks Recreation and Culture - Parks and Trails App - The county’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division launched an app that guides users to information about parks and trails in Volusia County.
- Green Lodging program - When you stay at a green lodging, you are supporting hotels that conserve energy and water; practice waste reduction in their operations including through recycling, reduce indoor air pollution; and educate staff and guests about the facility's green practices.
- Volusia County Government certified green buildings.
- Green Volusia Internship opportunities - Green Volusia is partnering with local universities on internships that benefit and advance local sustainability efforts.
- Sustainable tourism
- Be Floridian Now is a partnership of local governments and nonprofits along the Indian River Lagoon that educate the public and businesses about fertilizer ordinances, including the Volusia County Fertilizer Ordinance.
- Explore Volusia provides free educational opportunities that include hiking, biking, kayaking and eco-buggy rides. Learn about our local natural surroundings through the exploration of the wonderfully diverse habitats of Volusia County.
- Lyonia Environmental Center offers hands-on educational programs that give visitors a unique insight into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems.
- Marine Science Center offers a wide variety of programs and activities for children and adults to learn about the marine environment.
- Volunteer Volusia has many opportunities for you to get involved in the protection, restoration and appreciation of Volusia County's natural resources.
- Project H2O is a multi-institutional initiative in Volusia County to promote healthy habitat through outreach to residents. Outreach efforts include education, citizen science, habitat restoration, research, and reduction of nutrient inputs.
- Green infrastructure and climate adaptation workshops facilitated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been held in partnership with Emergency Management and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council.
- Exotic plant removal - Volusia County’s exotic plant removal program educates residents and visitors about the problems related to exotic invasive plants in our local communities. It also promotes the concepts of planting native plants, being water wise, and being responsible when using fertilizers or pesticides.
- Storm drain curb marking Volusia County Environmental Management began a new storm drain marking initiative with the help of the Marine Discovery Center.
- Green building practices encompass the entire building process from site development to building materials, operation and long-term building maintenance. Green Volusia promotes and encourages green building practices. There are a number of certified green buildings in Volusia County including single-family homes, commercial properties, educational facilities and Volusia County government facilities.
- Community gardens have been established at sites in Volusia County through partnerships with the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension.
- Local farmers markets (map) are great places to interact with local growers and learn where your food comes from and how it is grown.
- ECHO tourism - Volusia County created a website to promote environmental, cultural, historical and outdoor (ECHO) activities and attractions.
- ECHO program - Volusia ECHO provides grant funds to finance acquisition, restoration, construction or improvement of facilities to be used for environmental, cultural, historical and outdoor recreational purposes.
- Interactive maps for alternative fuel sites, water quality, artificial reef locations, storm surge maps, monofilament recycling locations, and more.
- The Tree Replacement Fund Grant provides grants for planting Florida native trees on public land within Volusia County.
- reThink Your Commute and Green Volusia have held a reThink Your Commute Challenge for county staff since 2013. The challenge encourages staff to participate in alternative commuting options such as biking, walking, and taking the bus. The number of challenge participants continues to increase each year.
- Volusia County Fleet Management incorporates more than 75 percent of the best management practices of the Florida Green Local Government Standard Fleet Management and Vehicle Maintenance Module.
- Votran runs 19 hybrid and four propane busses. The public transportation system promotes carpooling by partnering with the Florida Department of Transportation reThink program. Votran partners with reThink and Green Volusia on the annual staff reThink Your Commute Challenge.
- Votran’s website provides information on the bus routes available throughout Volusia County www.votran.org/riding-votran/. The site also has a rider tools page that provides commuters with information on schedules, route and trip planning, financial savings, and more. Maps and bus schedules are at www.votran.org/take-a-trip/.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Volusia County Government has many initiatives in place to reduce the waste we generate in our operations. These initiatives include recycling in our offices and an equipment re-use program.
- In the community, Volusia County provides curbside recycling to homes in unincorporated Volusia County, drop-off recycling centers throughout the county, beach recycling, monofilament line recycling, electronics recycling, and recycling education programs. Volusia County Solid Waste also operates a public re-use/swap shop at the West Volusia Transfer Station on State Road 44 and the Tomoka Landfill.
- Barkley Square Dog Park was constructed on Volusia County Solid Waste’s closed landfill site at the corner of Ridgewood and Plymouth avenues west of DeLand. The park contains a 10-acre large dog area, a three-acre small dog area, and a one-acre training area.