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We're building cleaner, more efficient buildings

Environment Florida successfully convinced the state to invest in clean energy and efficient buildings. We also urged certain localities to go even further, by constructing buildings that use a third less energy than they used to.

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Doing the research: Extreme Weather

Extreme weather events—like the hurricanes that blow off our coast every year—lead to loss of life and billions of dollars in economic damage. What’s more, scientists predict that global warming could increase the frequency of such instances in the future. Our new report, “Global Warming and Extreme Weather,” shined a light on what could become “the new normal,” if we fail to avert the worst effects of global warming.

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We're saving Florida's shores

From Amelia Island to Key West, our beaches are still safe from BP-style oil disasters, thanks to the Obama administration’s decision to drop plans to drill off our coast. It was a victory for anyone who loves our coastline and barrier islands—but now that the administration appears to be wavering, we won’t rest until these safeguards are made permanent.

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Clean air, healthy families

Families should be able to breathe clean air and drink clean water—without worrying about mercury in our bloodstream or soot in our lungs. Yet coal-fired power plants and other industrial polluters spew hundreds of thousands of tons of pollutants into our atmosphere every year. In 2011, we successfully urged the EPA to protect our air by requiring polluters to clean up their act.

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Keeping Florida beautiful, forever

In 2010, Environment Florida fended off a proposal to build a 21-acre "corporate park" over protected wetlands bordering the Everglades in Broward County. We also helped win federal funding for restoration projects in Picayne Strand and the Tamiami Trail. The next step? Preserving 1 million acres of vulnerable land across the state, from the Keys to the Panhandle.

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