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Casselberry Named One of the Nation’s Best Workplaces for Commuters
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The City of Casselberry has been designated one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the National Center for Transit Research for meeting the National Standard of Excellence for outstanding commuter benefits. 

The City achieved this designation through four key facets of its program: 

  • Compressed work week schedule
  • Preferred parking for carpools
  • 2% wage incentive for employees who live within City limits
  • Emergency ride home and carpool matching services (provided by rethink)
     

All of these program components help incentivize alternative commuting options, which helps reduce the time employees spend commuting alone in personal vehicles, ultimately helping reduce traffic congestion and protect the environment.
 

A key partner in helping the City achieve these benefits is reThink, Central Florida’s commuter assistance program offered through the Florida Department of Transportation. ReThink provides free carpool/vanpool matching services as well as emergency ride home reimbursement services for those who get to work via carpool, vanpool, train, bus, biking, or walking. ReThink serves nine counties in Central Florida. Commuters can find out more and register for services at www.rethinkyourcommute.com or by calling 1-866-610-RIDE (7433).


More information on Best Workplaces for Commuters can be found at www.bestworkplaces.org. More information on Casselberry’s sustainability efforts can be found at www.casselberry.org/greenup
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Casselberry Wins Clean Air Award
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The City of Casselberry received the Central Florida Clean Air Team’s 2013 Clean Air Award for its Compressed Work Week initiative. The City’s 10 hour/4 day work week modified schedule, which it adopted in 2011, is estimated to prevent nearly 100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, equivalent to the carbon sequestration ability of nearly 10,000 trees. The program is also estimated to save the City and its employees over $90,000 annually in true vehicle costs (including fuel), with additional savings to the City due to decreased building energy load and decreased personnel and custodial costs. Strong points of the City’s program noted for the award included the broad applicability and scalability of the program that would allow it to be adopted by many other institutions with relative ease.

More information about the Clean Air Award program can be found here on Metroplan Orlando’s website.



Casselberry Wins Inaugural TD Green Streets Grant
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In 2013, the City of Casselberry was one of ten municipalities nationwide that received a first ever grant through TD Green Streets, a new program that recognizes and supports innovative urban forestry initiatives in underserved communities. Each $20,000 TD Green Streets grant funded projects in underserved communities, including the purchase of trees, tree planting, maintenance costs, and educational activities. To be eligible for a TD Green Streets grant, qualified municipalities were required to be current Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA-designated communities within TD Bank’s United States footprint. 

Casselberry’s project, which was part of its Green Up Casselberry Program, included transplanting approximately 44 high value trees from the US 17-92 corridor that would otherwise be impacted by the US 17-92/SR 436 Flyover project. These trees were relocated to the City neighborhoods in the northwest quadrant of 17-92 and 436. Also included in the project as “in-kind” components were various volunteer and educational activities throughout the year. The City’s fulfillment of the grant project was a cooperative effort between the City and the Florida Department of Transportation, Seminole County UF/IFAS Extension, Casselberry Friends of the Park, Keep Seminole Beautiful, and other volunteer organizations.

More information about TD Green Streets can be found here on the Arbor Day Foundation’s website.  



Casselberry Named Tree City, USA
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The City of Casselberry has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the 8th year the City of Casselberry has received this national recognition, and the City has won the Growth Award a total of 4 times.

The City of Casselberry is committed to maintaining the Tree City USA designation by educating the community on the importance of trees in urban settings. Every year, the City must continue to meet the following four standards to maintain Tree City status: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Communities that receive Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet these four standards, they realize that:

  • Trees promote healthier communities. Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
  • Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife.
  • Tees in urban areas reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings.
  • Properly placed trees can increase property values and improve the local economy. 

Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org.

More information about Tree City USA can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.



Casselberry Wins FSA’s Excellence Award for Lake Concord Park
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The City of Casselberry received the 2010 Excellence Award from the Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) for Lake Concord Park, an innovative project that includes Low Impact Development elements and serves as a water quality protection showcase.
 

Lake Concord Park was designed to achieve four main objectives: 

  1. The project was the first phase of a larger City center conceptual plan that aims to redevelop City-owned properties within the U.S. 17-92 and Triplet Lake Drive vicinity to enhance business, increase density, and provide a sense of community. 

  2.  As a park, the project provides enhanced venues for recreation and special events such as concerts. In many ways Lake Concord Park now serves as the cultural community center for Casselberry. 

  3. The project accomplishes several objectives within the City’s adopted Stormwater, Lakes Management, and Water Quality Master Plan, including important stormwater retrofits to provide better water quality and flood protection for the Lake Concord basin.

  4. Public education is a key component of the Park, providing a highly visible venue to convey messages regarding watershed issues and the connectivity between development, everyday actions, and our cherished Florida ecosystems. As such, Lake Concord Park now makes the perfect setting for Earthfest, Seminole County’s largest Earth Day event, which is held each year near the end of April and also serves as the City’s Arbor Day event.

More information about FSA can be found at florida-stormwater.org. More information about the City’s endeavors to protect its lakes can be found at casselberry.org/lakes  

 

 



Casselberry Wins Friends of Our Urban Forest Outstanding Project Award for Lake Concord Park
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The City of Casselberry was selected as the winner of the 2010 Friends of Our Urban Forest Awards Program in the category of Outstanding Project for Lake Concord Park by the Florida Urban Forestry Council (FUFC). The selection committee felt that the City of Casselberry’s efforts “stood above all other applicants in exemplifying excellence in Urban Forestry throughout the State of Florida.”

More information about FUFC and the Friends of Our Urban Forest Awards can be found at www.fufc.org. More information on Casselberry’s sustainability efforts can be found at www.casselberry.org/greenup
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