18 Jan Eco-Friendly Fencing Options for South Florida
Eco-Friendly Fencing Options for South Florida
Zepco Fence is proud to call South Florida home. Since 1972, we’ve been serving the needs of our neighbors in Broward and Palm Beach counties with fences for residential use, commercial fences, large fence gates, animal enclosures and beautiful fences for ornamental purposes. We know that while the rest of the country debates the reality of sea level rise, here in South Florida we’re living with it.
If you’ve noticed that some of the roads in your neighborhood flood more often than they used to, most likely it’s not because of a problem with the local drainage system. Because of sea level rise, new flood zone maps have been drawn throughout the region.
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes, “Southeast Florida, with a large population located at low elevation, is among the most vulnerable regions of the country to climate change. The region is comprised of four counties (Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach) that share similar geographic traits and coastal vulnerabilities to sea level rise. Rather than separately attempting to identify climate projections and vulnerabilities, leaders of these counties recognized an opportunity to collaborate and identify climate impacts and vulnerabilities across the region.”
Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties came together to form the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact in 2009. The region is home to more than six million people, that’s about a third of the state’s total population. The Climate Compact is recognized as a leader in addressing climate change and sea level rise.
Last year the Sun-Sentinel reported on some of the steps that have already been taken. “Fort Lauderdale raised the required height of sea walls and the elevation of home sites; Delray Beach added valves to keep salt water out of the city drainage system; Broward County put a financing program in place for homeowners who want to tap solar energy.”
We have to do more than just react, though. “We have to do all we can to effect a slowing of climate change, of sea level rise, whatever we can do,’’ Broward Commissioner Nan Rich, a former state senator, told the Sun Sentinel in 2017. “And I don’t think that a good percentage of it is about money. It’s about how we live, what kind of development we have.’’
We can all make small changes that will have a big impact.
Instead of grabbing a plastic bottle of water anytime you’re thirsty, why not get a reusable water bottle. If you get an insulated one, it can even keep your water nice and cold on a hot sunny South Florida day.
Recycling is another way you can help the cause. Check with your local municipality to see what is collected.
Wisebread.com, which is dedicated to living large on a small budget, has compiled a list of “25 Eco-Friendly Changes You Can Make Today.” Among other things, the list includes:
- Washing clothes in cold water
- Using natural cleaners
- Turning down the temperature on your water heater (They recommend a setting of 120 degrees, which is still plenty hot and is safer for your family, too.)
- Installing a water-saving showerhead
- Eating sustainable seafood
- Using reusable shopping bags
We’d like to add another option to the list of things you can do!
We are proud to carry eco-friendly fencing from SimTek Fences! Like Zepco Fence and so many of our South Florida neighbors and customers, the company behind SimTek Fences cares about the sustainability of our environment. Both SimTek Ecostone and Ecostone Plus products use recycled content in their construction.
If you would like more information on SimTek’s innovative and attractive fencing, please give Zepco Fence a call.