Sustainable Indian River offers public tours of local businesses and facilities that demonstrate innovative solutions or new technology.
Sustainable Indian River worked alongside Indian River County government employees to gather information from the county, school district and sheriff’s department for application to the Florida Green Building Coalition. This multi-year process resulted in a greater awareness of best management practices and a stronger commitment toward sustainability. As a result the IRC Government was one of the first municipalities statewide to earn “Green Government Certification”.
Sustainable Indian River organized the Sustainable Living Expo where 38 businesses and organizations set up booths to demonstrate their green products or teach about green practices. 12 speakers offered lectures throughout the day regarding a wide variety of topics from sustainable agriculture to solar energy.
Sustainable Indian River worked with the Senior Resource Agency to develop a bus shelter program which would compliment the existing free public transit system. Each transit trip replaces 10 cars and it was hoped that shelters would encourage the more bus usage. There are currently 18 shelters in place throughout the county with 12 more planned for later 2012.
Sustainable Indian River, Inc. believes that the following environmental issues should be addressed in our community through public outreach, education and policy change.
Zero Waste: Because of the inherent limit on our resources, it is important to re-value waste and work with innovative solutions which reuse materials.
Water: Safe, clean fresh water will be one of our greatest challenges in the near future. Our aquifer is quickly diminishing and even while we waste thousands of gallons each year.
Energy: The cheapest form of renewable energy is energy conservation.