The Right Place, the Right Time
The Audubon Park Garden District is committed to not only creating a sustainable local economy, but an environmentally sustainable community, as well. Since 2013 we’ve begun pursuing and supporting green initiatives and now is the time to launch a series of projects to put the area on the path to becoming an Orlando EcoDistrict.
Pioneered by the City of Portland, local businesses and its residents, ecodistricts create liveable and sustainable communities by focusing on eight management areas: Equity, Health and Wellbeing, Energy, Water, Community Identity, Access and Mobility, Habitat and Ecosystem Function, and Materials Management. Some, like Equity, necessitate leadership and commitment on the part of local government. Others, such as Habitat and Ecosystem Function, can take hold at the grassroots level and inspire change at the top. The rest can be a combination, with residents enacting achievable change on the ground, while working with government leaders on larger opportunities involving policy, investment and more at the municipal and county level.
Since APGD will be driving this change from the community level, in the beginning we will concentrate our efforts in these areas:
- Community Identity
- Health and Wellbeing
- Habitat and Ecosystem Function
- Materials Management
Goal – To create a cohesive neighborhood identity through the built environment and a culture of community.
Objectives – 1. Create beautiful and accessible places that promote interaction. 2. Foster social networks that are inclusive, flexible and cohesive. 3. Develop local governance with the leadership and capacity to act on behalf of the neighborhood.
For more on APGD’s Community Identity, please check here.
Health and Wellbeing
Goal – Promote human health and community wellbeing.
Objectives – 1. Provide access to safe and functional local recreation and natural areas. 2. Provide access to healthy, local and affordable food. 3. Ensure safe and connected streets. 4. Expand economic opportunities to support a socially and economically diverse population. 5. Improve indoor and outdoor air quality.
For more on APGD’s Health and Wellbeing projects, please check here.
Habitat and Ecosystem Function
Goal – Achieve healthy urban ecosystems that protect and regenerate habitat and ecosystem function.
Objectives – 1. Protect and enhance local watersheds. 2. Prioritize native and structurally diverse vegetation. 3. Create habitat connectivity within and beyond the district. 4. Avoid human-made hazards to wildlife and promote nature-friendly urban design.
For more on APGD’s Habitat and Ecosystem Function projects, please check here.
Goal – Zero waste and optimized materials management
Objectives – 1. Eliminate practices that produce waste wherever possible. 2. Minimize use of virgin materials and minimize toxic chemicals in new products. 3. Optimize material reuse and salvage and encourage use of regionally manufactured products or parts. 4. Where opportunities for waste prevention are limited, maximize use of protects made with recycled content. 5. Capture greatest residual value of organic waster (including food) through energy recovery and/or composting.
For more on APGD’s Materials Management projects, please check here.
Goal – Meet both human and natural needs through reliable and affordable water management.
Objectives – 1. Reduce water consumption through conservation. 2. Reuse and recycle water resources wherever possible, using potable water only for potable needs. 3. Manage stormwater and building water discharge within the district.
For more on APGD’s Water projects, please check here.
Our task now is to engage residents, businesses, civic partners and the City of Orlando to identify one year, three year and five year goals, with an eye toward planning for range range sustainable investments.
The APGD Eco District Planning Team meets every second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., at Bikes Beans and Bordeaux Cafe (3022 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803). This group of volunteers is open to all interested parties who desire a greener, fairer, healthier and more prosperous community.
For more information please reach out to the Audubon Park Garden District’s Executive Director, Jennifer Marvel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.