​Palm Beach County Go Green Initiative

  • 220 hybrid vehicles, including hybrid bucket trucks and electric-powered work carts, have replaced gasoline-powered county vehicles.
  • All Palm Tran vehicles now run on bio-diesel fuel, a mixture of regular diesel fuel and processed vegetable or soybean oil. Bio-diesel has been shown to reduce bus emissions by 30 to 40 percent. Many newer buses are equipped with diesel particulate trap filters which significantly lower the carbon emissions from each bus. These buses produce no black smoke from their exhaust pipes. Filters are cleaned every 12,000 miles.
  • The Bikes on Buses (BOB) racks make it easy for commuters to ride their bikes to and from their bus stop.
  • News solar-powered street lights and warning flashers cost nothing to operate. The lights run off batteries which are charged by on-board solar panels during daylight hours.
  • The county produces about nine million gallons of reclaimed water per day to irrigate greens and fairways at several golf courses and landscaping at Century Village, Vista Center and Cypress Lakes.
  • Nature's Classroom - Informational panels on the elevated boardwalks provide fascinating facts about how the wetlands benefit wildlife and the water supply.
  • A 10-acre on-site lake and drafting site provides a convenient way for firefighters to perfect water supply operations and flow large amounts of water. Nearly all the water used during training is recycled back into the lake to help conserve this vital resource.
  • Alligators are common at the county-owned Hungryland Slough Natural Area.
  • The department is committed to its environmental stewardship of 8,558 acres of land contained in more than 80 county parks. The Natural Areas Section preserves and enhances approximately 3,800 acres of native ecosystems.
  • Whenever possible, sidewalks are designed around desirable mature trees. Wooden sidewalk forms used for pouring concrete are pulled out, cleaned up and used again. It's more labor, but less wasted material.
  • LED traffic lights and pedestrian signals use about one-tenth the amount of electricity as incandescent bulbs, saving the county approximately $350,000 per year.

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