With all of Florida's sprawl, this strategy could spawn a new Florida green industry.
3. Make affordable electric cars readily available. Personally, I have not drunk the Prius kool-aid. Why settle for 50 mpg while still burning fossil fuel when you can run on electricity with a range of 300 mpg? For those diehards who point out that electricity is still produced by burning coal, review this.
4. Educate the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), traffic engineers, city planners and architects on the creation of sustainable communities. A single-minded increase in car and truck traffic flow must not come at the expense of human quality of life, livable communities and greenspace.
6. Plant more trees. This should be a priority for all regional communities, encouraging them to become a Tree City USA." The City of Temple Terraces partnership with Will Moriaty of the Tampa Bay Reforestation and Environmental Effort (TREE) has been working toward this goal. The planting of native Florida trees beautifies, provides habitat and resources for native fauna, offsets carbon footprint and creates a carbon sink, cools the micro-climate and preserves the historic landscape of Old Florida.
8. Realize the importance of our regional and local history and historic architecture, and market it as a collective, regional asset. There are currently many separate, local histories, but not much ties them all together and markets them as a whole.
Reasons to create an agricultural land trust would include preservation of green and open space, food security, and protection of traditional agricultural sustainable ways of life. Perhaps even our Hillsborough County Commission could get behind such a common-sense idea?
10. Emphasize good planning and architecture just like we did 80 years ago. The 1920s in the United States are considered the golden age of town planning. Florida was fortunate to have many of its cities and communties planned during this period. These good bones create an incredible sense of place and have inherent green and sustainable attributes that make them excellent planning models for the future of our region.
The following are not separate items but pieces of a larger sustainable theme. Locally and nationally I believe were moving from a divisionary quagmire of petty political agendas and fragmented fiefdoms toward collective solutions, with an eye toward impacting the bigger issues facing our area.
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