Gainesville strives to become greener

Alachua County has developed numerous green initiatives in the past year, and plans to further their efforts in order to conserve both energy and water. Last month, Alachua County commissioners voted to reduce the amount of drinking water used for landscape irrigation in an effort to sustain water resources. Furthermore, Alachua County Public schools, in their effort to conserve water, have installed low-flow faucets in school kitchens. Other schools in the area use rain barrels to collect Gainesville’s abundant rain flow. Even though public agencies have made improvements to make the county more sustainable, the public will need to participate in green efforts in order to optimally make a change.

For example, 42 schools put large recycling bins throughout their campuses, as wells as smaller bins in classrooms, and the schools are encouraging public participation. Other schools encourage recycling at large sporting events, where recycling can make a big difference.

Santa Fe College is also making efforts to support local sustainability. The college has been able to save energy with LED lights, and will continue their efforts. In a newer project, Santa Fe College will be operating a solar laboratory, which will help the college support Gainesville’s green movement. 

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Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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