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Rethink Paradise: Today. Tomorrow. Together.

COVID-19 Related Information

  • Office of Sustainability hours remain the same (8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday). In order for us to best assist you, please give us a call (561-804-4994) or send an email (EChristian@wpb.org) before coming into the office.

  • All Sustainability events have been postponed until further notice. This action is being exercised as a precautionary measure to help mitigate the spread and impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Please check back for future updates.

  • High Efficiency Toilet Voucher Program: We continue to accept online applications, but have paused voucher distribution for the time being. Please visit wpb.org/savewater to submit your applications.

 

Mission: Enhance the viability of West Palm Beach as a model of a healthy, environmentally progressive, resilient and ecologically sustainable community.

 

The City of West Palm Beach has been committed to sustainability targeting climate change for over a decade. We were one of the first cities in the State of Florida to have a dedicated office addressing climate change, sustainability and resiliency issues. The Office of Sustainability collaborates with various city agencies, nonprofit organizations, businesses and private citizens among other partners to enhance the viability of the municipality as a model of healthy, environmentally progressive, resilient and ecologically sustainable, urban living.  We are committed to continue to evolve to meet our City’s / region’s environmental challenges focused on exceeding our community’s expectations.  

 

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CANCELLED Bee Better to Our Planet

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED 

Florida nature is beautiful and diverse and its bees are no exception. This talk will feature an overview of Florida's bee biodiversity and the ways in which bees contribute to the health of our environment. Come learn how to identify these important garden visitors with our special guest speaker, Galen Cobb, and learn how you can help contribute to bee conservation efforts in your own backyard.

About our speaker: Galen Cobb is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida studying changes in Florida bee communities and the factors that contribute to these changes. Her work focuses on local bee fauna and a non-native orchid bee, Euglossa dilemma, that has been present here in Florida since 2002. She received her B.A. in biology from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. There, she conducted research examining the effects of exposure to fungicides on honey bee larva. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked in honey bee toxicology research at EAG Laboratories - a leading company in ecotoxicology and regulatory science. Her general research interests include the genetics, behavior and conservation of bees, ants, and wasps.

Presented by the City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability through a partnership with the Thompson Earth Systems Institute and the Mandel Public Library.

This event is FREE and open to the public! Find us in the auditorium at the Mandel Public Library on April 8th.


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