Orange County Government, Florida

Sustainability Plan

Sustainability and Natural Resources

Natural resources in Orange County encompass two major areas: protecting natural resources and providing safe drinking water and sanitary waste management for residents and visitors without overwhelming nature’s future capacity to support a growing population.

Being sustainable means we recognize the capacity of our natural systems, evaluate future community needs for energy, air, water, and land, and plan intelligently to protect our resources for the generations to reside here after us.

Accomplishments and Efforts

  • The Orange County landfill captures its gases, such as methane, and sends them to the Stanton Energy Plant to make energy. In 2011, we were awarded the Solid Waste Association of North America Gold Excellence Award for Landfill Gas for landfill gas utilization.
  • Our Orange County Utilities received the 2011 Outstanding Public Sector Organization of the Year award by the East Central Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • The Environmental Protection Division inspects businesses to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and received the National Program Excellence Award by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA).
  • 100% of wastewater treated by Orange County Utilities is reclaimed and reused for public access irrigation, wetlands enhancement, aquifer recharge, lakes augmentation, and industrial uses such as cooling water.
  • Protect Our Springs Campaign: Our local springs are suffering from too much Nitrogen! Nitrogen in our springs and rivers promotes algae growth and causes a decline in water quality. Learn how you can help.

Sustainability Contacts

Alan Marshall
Assistant to the Director
Community, Environmental and Development Services Department
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 2nd Floor
Orlando FL 32801
Email: Alan.Marshall@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-5884
Cell: (407) 406-3612

Lori Forsman
Sustainability Specialist
Community, Environmental and Development Services Department
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 1st floor
Orlando FL 32801
Email: Lori.Forsman@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-5439

Resources

Natural Resources is one of seven focus areas in the development of Orange County’s community sustainability plan.