By Dana Goldman, Commissioner
(Thursday, June 3, 2021) – Over the past few years, Sunny Isles Beach has been making great strides with our sustainability practices and procedures. Since the ECOMMITTED program began, we have implemented prohibitions on single-use plastics and polystyrene, expanded our recycling measures citywide, and increased our event initiatives.
Most recently, the City hosted a Collection Day where nearly 100 people brought items to our shred-a-thon, DEA drug takeback, and electronics recycling. The City Commission also adopted April as Water Conservation Month and participated in the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Water resources, supply and availability are great environmental issues of the coming generations, and it is important we posture and understand the importance of water conservation efforts while supporting these efforts at the municipal level.
At the April Commission Meeting, I led a discussion about taking our sustainability practices and procedures one important step further by putting together a coherent written plan and platform. In an incremental move we will now codify our existing practices on sustainable procurement and put on paper what else we can be doing to be more green and more sustainable.
How can we further our policies to elevate our social and environmental consciousness? Working with the City Manager’s Office we will continue this trend of thought and action by incorporating even more sustainability measures in our policy and procedures. By remaining cautious about our carbon footprint and developing an action plan, we can strive toward new measures that will bring our city to the forefront of sustainability practices.
We are taking the right step in the right direction at the right time. And this is the best next step in the evolution of our commitment to sustainability.