Economists and environmental researchers have been studying the effects of policy decisions on our environment for the past two decades. These decisions have a direct influence on our access to clean water, breathable air, and a sustainable climate. In this article, we will explore recent research from MIT on the human consequences of these decisions, from local air quality to interstate air pollution standards and international climate policy. Mark Dickie, professor of Economics at the University of Central Florida, has been at the forefront of this research.
He believes that people have the capacity to live sustainably in harmony with the planet and not just survive, but to thrive. To this end, Orlando is emerging as one of the smartest and most sustainable cities in the country, leading the way in innovation and sustainability. In December, the city published its first smart city master plan, Future-Ready Orlando, which seeks to combine sustainability and resilience with technology to make Orlando a prototype of experimental cities for the 21st century. A report conducted under the auspices of the planning grant revealed that most greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from agriculture, with livestock being a major contributor.
To reduce emissions, Orlando has implemented bike and scooter sharing programs (such as those currently offered in Nashville and Dallas) as an affordable, easy and efficient alternative to driving. The city has also partnered with several community organizations to ensure an inclusive, equitable and environmentally just approach. Urban agriculture initiatives have been essential to Orlando's progress towards sustainability. The city has also made an ambitious commitment to renewable energy and launched the VoLo VISTA award to recognize students who demonstrate exemplary leadership in climate solutions in Florida.
To reach their goal of zero waste, Orlando is working to change the perception of their entire community about how their daily lifestyle affects their environment. Central Florida's temperate climate, agricultural cultural heritage, and passionate residents and business owners make it an ideal location for eco-friendly living. Lakewood Ranch is a great example of a thoughtfully planned sustainable community that offers everything an eco-friendly owner could want. In conclusion, environmental sustainability has had a major impact on the development of communities in Central Florida.
From bike sharing programs to urban agriculture initiatives and renewable energy commitments, Orlando is leading the way in innovation and sustainability. With its temperate climate and passionate residents, Central Florida is an ideal location for eco-friendly living.