The Village Goes Green Initiative
The "Village Goes Green Initiative" was formally approved by the Key Biscayne Village Council in September 2007. The program was created thanks to the leadership of former Councilmember Pat Weinman and the continued support of Mayor Robert Vernon. More information about the history of the program is available here.
EARTH DAY EVENTS IN APRIL:
- Bring your old computing equipment and communications gadgets to the 6th Annual Electronics Recycling Drive for all Residents and local Businesspeople on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. along West Enid Drive between Village Hall and the Winn-Dixie. Follow the link for lists of acceptable and unacceptable items.
The 31st anniversary of this celebration of Biscayne Bay - one of South Florida's most precious natural resources - begins in March. The Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day is on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Volunteers and groups are welcome to register to help clean up the beaches and the bay bottom here. Several clean-up site are in Key Biscayne and Virginia Key:
- Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park -- 1200 S. Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
- Crandon Park -- 4000 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
- Rickenbacker Causeway -- just after toll plaza, Virginia Key
- Historic Virginia Key Beach Park-South -- 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Virginia Key
GOVERNMENT BUILDING EFFICIENCY/CONSERVATION
- Village Hall was built with the highest-rated energy efficient windows, doors, lighting fixtures and HVAC systems available at the time.
- Improved efficiency upgrades are considered when any equipment or fixtures are replaced.
- Employees are reminded by stickers above light switches to turn off lights when leaving offices, conference rooms, lunch rooms or other areas.
- Several Departments discontinued the bulk purchase of bottled water. Countertop systems were installed that filter tap water and provide hot/cold water on demand.
- Household Battery/Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) recycling program: Residents can safely dispose of and recycle their batteries and CFL by bringing these items to the Public Works Division Office in Suite 230 of Village Hall. This program is available year-round with drop-off during business hours.
- The Village has a successful curbside single-stream recycling program for residents of single-family homes and duplexes. Recyclables are picked up every Wednesday by Choice Environmental Services, the Village's residential and governmental solid waste disposal contractor.
- Village employees and maintenance staff in Village Hall, the Community Center and the Fire Station recycle
- paper, cans, bottles and plastics
- fluorescent lamps from ceiling and other fixtures
- Did you know that a Miami-Dade County Ordinance mandates recycling in residential multi-family buildings?
- The County also has rules about recycling for commercial properties.
- Green Tips for Drivers
- Miami-County Transit Information: The "B" Bus Route serves Key Biscayne and connects it and Virginia Key to the mainland Metrorail/Metromover.
- Village Pedestrian-, Bike- and Mass-Transit Friendly Community Improvements: The Crandon Boulevard Master Plan (PDF), dated 2004 with installation completed in 2008, provided the following for residents and visitors alike:
- 4-foot wide, marked bicycle lanes on both sides of Crandon, the Village's "Main Street"
- 8-foot wide shared use sidewalks on both sides of Crandon with ADA-compliant ramps at intersections with side streets
- Bus Shelters with seating, trash cans and bike racks at all stops on northbound (off-island) section of Metrobus "B" Route; Bus stop plazas with benches and trash cans at all southbound (on-island) "B" bus stops.
- Increased pedestrian safety with full crosswalks with shortened crossing routes and count-down timers at select locations
- Street-tree planting to provide shade for pedestrians and others
- Street Furniture and Improved Lighting for comfort and safety
- Flex Fuel/Electric Police Department Vehicles: Old gasoline squad cars are being replaced with flex fuel squad cars on a rolling schedule. The KBPD also uses an electric golf cart for school safety tasks and has an electric segway-type vehicle for crowd control at local events.
- Non-motorized Transportation, including Golf Carts, Bicycles and Pedestrians: The Village Council approved the formation of a voluntary Golf Cart Advisory Board on March 10, 2009 (Second hearing of Ordinance 2009-4). The Board was tasked with the study of safety and circulation issues for golf carts and other electric vehicles that are very popular in the community. During meetings, the Board's scope of work expanded to include pedestrian and bicycle safety issues. The Golf Cart/Pedestrian/Bicycle Fernwood Road and Commercial Property Safety and Access Plan (PDF) was presented to and approved by Council on August 25, 2009.