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In 2018, Central Florida was ranked first in the nation for job growth, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, Forbes magazine ranked the metro Orlando region No. 1 to invest in a home with an estimated 84,000 building permits issued in Orange County valued at $2.3 billion. Orange County also earned the highest AAA credit rating from Moody's Investors Service, recognizing its fiscal reliability and continued quality-of-life enhancements.
We are working toward responsible management and conservation of our natural resources to ensure that we maintain a clean and healthy environment to live, work and raise a family while allowing people and wildlife to thrive.
The protection and conservation of our natural resources is crucial in maintaining our economy and quality of life. Resources such as potable water, natural lands and clean air are not unlimited. Maintaining these resources can be extremely costly if conscious efforts are not continued.
Learn your role in making Orange County healthy, prosperous and a sustainable place to live.
Landscaping around your home and neighborhood can help conserve water and preserve the environment. Learn best practices in Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) through the Master Gardeners at our local extension of the University of Florida, Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
Learn more about Florida Friendly Landscaping!
Since 2005, Orange County has been tracking Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs). Our new decade assessment provides data and information about community emissions and some recommended action areas as Orange County moves into a new phase of sustainability initiatives.
By focusing on the top five most-used recyclables —plastic, metal and glass containers plus cardboard and paper, you can help make recycling in Orange County more profitable. Our Curbside Collection Program tells you how. A better mix of recyclables means less waste in our landfill and more usable items to be recycled into something new!
Throughout our County, you will find great opportunities for fresh produce, artisan gifts and handmade items plus so much more; all from local producers. Check out the Lake Nona Farmer’s Market and many others throughout the County. Buying local supports our economy, provides better products, teaches seasonal eating, and builds communities.