Green Works Orlando Green Updates
January 30Downtown Orlando Commercial Pilot Recycling Program
Mayor Dyer’s Green Works Orlando initiative continues to develop new programs to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability within our community. The Downtown Development Board and the Solid Waste Division are launching a pilot commercial recycling program within a targeted area of Downtown. The goal is to make recycling accessible, convenient and manageable for Downtown business establishments.
The new commercial recycling program will allow participating businesses to combine accepted materials into one outside recycling bin. Additionally, by participating in commercial recycling, businesses can save on garbage disposal costs.
The City of Orlando is leading by example and has implemented single stream recycling throughout City Hall. To learn more about single stream recycling, visit cityoforlando.net/greenworks and click on “What’s New.” For more information on the Downtown Orlando commercial pilot recycling program, contact Davon Barbour at 407.246.3625.
Orlando’s Dubsdread Golf Course Featured in Golf Inc. Magazine
The City's Dubsdread Golf Course is
currently featured in the January/February 2009 edition of Golf Inc.
magazine. The article showcases the success of the recent renovations of
the 86-year-old public golf course. The new layout of the course makes
the most of the entire property, including new holes, increased yardage,
new drainage installation and more.
The Orlando Magic have partnered with Waste Management to further the organization’s company-wide green initiative. The two-year partnership will include a program with the City of Orlando to place recycling receptacles inside Amway Arena and a “Green Sweep” that will take place at select games.
In addition to encouraging fans to recycle during home games, the “Green Sweep,” sponsored by Waste Management, will allow fans to go green without ever leaving their seat. Recyclable waste will be collected in specific sections of the arena by members of the JetBlue Crew during Orlando Magic games.
The new Events Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010. The facility is currently being constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards by the U.S. Green Building Council.
January 09National Appointment to Advisory Panel
Malisa McCreedy, the City’s planning manager for the Families, Parks and Recreation Department, has been appointed to the Walk Friendly Community Advisory Panel. This panel is part of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals in partnership with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Council. The Walk Friendly Communities Program is a proposed nationwide city recognition program with the goal of encouraging towns and cities throughout the United States to establish (or recommit to) a high priority for encouraging and supporting more safe walking.
The City of Orlando is continuing to execute walking audits, looking at its communities to identify safe walking paths and promote walk-ability.
City’s Green Up program at Dr. I. Sylvester Hankins Park Recreation Site
On December 30 and 31, the City of Orlando’s Green Up program, the Dr. I. Sylvester Hankins Park Recreation Site staff and community volunteers worked together to beautify and visually transform the recreation site. It began with very little landscaping and several trees, but the efforts of the project resulted in a beautifully planned layout of flowering bushes and new trees. Volunteers included children from the site’s after school programs, Middle Teen Program, Orlando After School Is Super and parents of children who frequent the park.
The Green-Up Orlando program was created in 1985 to increase the City's tree canopy and to improve the appearance of our community. The program encourages citizens and groups to plant trees and shrubs, beautify their neighborhoods, raise public awareness and pride in Orlando and promote the benefits of volunteer efforts in partnership with the City. The Dr. I. Sylvester Hankins Park Recreation Site is located at 1340 Lake Park Court near the corner of John Young Parkway and Columbia Street. The facility offers an array of recreation activities, including after school and summer camp programs.