Green Works Orlando Green Updates
On October 12, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan visited Kinneret II apartments, a senior housing development, Kinneret received a $1,572,558.00 grant awarded through HUD’s Recovery Act Green Retrofit Program in July. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined Donovan on a tour of the ongoing construction. The renovations will reduce utility and water consumption, improve indoor air quality, and generate savings for affordable housing residents.
National Public Lands Day at Turkey Lake Park
More than 120 volunteers gathered at Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake on September 25 to make the park’s first National Public Lands Day event possible. One hundred bags of invasive plants were removed, the entire butterfly garden was mulched and hundreds of children created nature art. Also, 50 Boy Scouts earned one of 4 merit badges in a day.
More than 800 people attended the event, many visiting Bill Frederick Park for the first time. The park offers camping, cabins, fishing, boat rentals, a children’s farm, a playground and pavilions. Bill Frederick Park is confident that many of these visitors will return to enjoy the many amenities that Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake has to offer families. Learn more about the park on CityofOrlando.net.
September 25, 420 community volunteers spent
their Saturday morning cleaning the shores of
seven Orlando lakes in the 25th annual Ocean
Conservancy’s Florida Coastal Clean-Up sponsored
by the City of Orlando Stromwater section and
Keep Orlando Beautiful. In just two hours
volunteers from Darden Restaurants, Eco-Action,
Dr. Phillips High School, Winter Park High
School, Lake Highland Prep, Coca-Cola, Kone
Corporation and the Girl Scouts collected 4,100
pounds of trash and debris consisting of 2,000
beverage bottle caps, 2,300 plastic shopping
bags, 2,800 food wrappers, and 4,100 cigarette
butts. Much of the debris was attributed to
sources such as stormwater runoff from our
streets, illegal dumping and general littering.
Remember to throw all your trash in a trashcan,
recycle and do not throw anything in the storm
drains that you wouldn’t swim in or drink.