Reduce your use of plastic and paper packaging (grocery bags and water bottles), consume less potable water with restrictive shower heads and low volume toilets. Irrigate only when necessary. Use native flora and landscaping near your home. Use energy efficient lighting and AC systems as needed. See more tips at

Many animals and birds are protected species under law. The Florida Wildlife Commission lists hundreds of endangered and threatened species. Protected animals include the Florida panther, manatee, scrub jay, and gopher tortoise, to name a few.

Florida’s coastal communities face challenges dealing with increasingly complex flooding, erosion and habitat shifts.  Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection offers resources to prepare Florida’s coastline for the effects of climate change, especially rising sea levels.