History Of Sustainability


In an effort to protect and upgrade infrastructure, natural systems, and the Village’s quality of life, Islamorada initiated several climate and sustainability-related efforts. Prior to implementing its formal Sustainability Plan in 2007, the Village instituted several sustainable practices, including:

  • Incorporating energy savings standards for new construction into the Village’s Code of Ordinances
  • Using low-energy lighting and water-saving features in parks and facilities
  • Expanding tree canopy within the Village
  • Implementing regulations for additional landscaping and buffers for projects requiring development orders
  • Developing a Stormwater Master Plan
  • Clean Marina designation

In 2007, Islamorada initiated a public input process and adopted its first Environmental Sustainability Plan, which has eight major focus areas, the most comprehensive of which include energy efficiency and land conservation. Since then, Islamorada has made steady and continued progress in implementing its goals and actions.  Through the annual review and update process, eight (8) Sustainability Plan updates have been completed which capture new information related to climate change challenges, new best practices related to sustainability, and new technology.