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The Power to Clean Up Biscayne Bay

The Power to Clean Up Biscayne Bay

by | Apr 27, 2017 | 0 comments

For the last several years, we have supported Baynanza, an environmental cleanup event that enlists volunteers from a number of locations all across Miami-Dade County to clean up debris and garbage from Biscayne Bay shorelines. On Saturday, April 22, more than 145 of our volunteers including employees, family and friends, gathered at Matheson Hammock Park to take part in the largest shoreline cleanup in South Florida.

Miami-Dade County began its monumental efforts to save Biscayne Bay in the early 1980s, when the Bay was suffering from pollution and its ecosystem was in steep decline. Baynanza was created as part of a larger effort to help save the Bay.

In celebration of Baynanza’s 35th anniversary this year, we teamed up with Miami-Dade County to pilot a new program designed to collect, recycle and repurpose marine waste. After collecting the waste in bulk, through a partnership with global recycling company TerraCycle, the materials will eventually be melted down to create furniture and other items that will be purchased by FPL at a later date to benefit organizations in the local community. Repurposed items will contain between 10 – 25 percent of beach plastic that is recovered.

At FPL, we have long been committed to environmental stewardship, among other activities, to help support the communities we serve. We are honored that our efforts are being recognized. Just this month, FPL was named a 2017 Environmental Champion among the nation’s largest electric and gas utilities.

Our work is not done. We will continue to invest our time and resources to make a difference where we can. It’s part of our commitment to help make our Florida communities even better places to work and raise a family.

Florida Power and Light employees volunteer to pick up trash on Earth Day during the 2017 Baynanza event at Matheson Hammock Park in Miami Saturday April 22, 2017. (Photo by David Adame/For FPL)

Florida Power and Light employees volunteer to pick up trash on Earth Day during the 2017 Baynanza event at Matheson Hammock Park in Miami Saturday April 22, 2017. (Photo by David Adame/For FPL)

Florida Power and Light employees volunteer to pick up trash on Earth Day during the 2017 Baynanza event at Matheson Hammock Park in Miami Saturday April 22, 2017. (Photo by David Adame/For FPL)

About The Author

Pam Rauch

Pamela Rauch serves as vice president of development and external affairs for FPL and oversees local government relations, community relations, economic development, and development of new power generation. An experienced attorney, Pam started her career at FPL as an associate general counsel. She is actively engaged with the community and serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Florida Chamber Foundation, Palm Beach Zoo, Leadership Florida and the Economic Council of Palm Beach County.

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