Lots of talk about climate change since the experts tell us that if we don’t drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, life as we know it will change.

Rising sea levels will result in coastal areas being permanently flooded, rising temperatures will result in more extreme weather patterns. Of course, by now, none of this is news to anyone who has lived in coastal South Florida over the last decade and personally experienced changes.

The City has been working to identify ways to reduce GHG emissions, and to encourage businesses and residents to do the same. The first step is to realize that our energy and water resources are finite and will not last forever unless we change our ways. The second is to think about conserving, reusing and recycling. Small changes can add up, and here are some ideas:

If you still have a vehicle that uses traditional fossil fuels, commit to reducing your time in your car. One great strategy is the City’s new, all-electric, Circuit shuttle, an on-demand $2 ride from anywhere in the city to anywhere in the city. Next time you head out for dinner on the Drive, leave your car at home! Download the Ride Circuit app and get started. You’ll find the QR code here in the Town Crier. If you’re coming from outside the City, take advantage of one of the city-sponsored $5 rideshare discount codes, which you can find at https://bit.ly/WiltonUberRides.

Of course, as someone whose primary mode of transport is not a car scooter, I would be remiss not to mention either bicycle or electric as increasingly popular transportation choices in our ever-more walkable city. I encourage you to join me in accepting our city’s “Challenge One Out of Seven” and consider leaving your car at home at least one day a week and bicycling around town. Our city has approximately 40 bike racks for you to safely secure your bike. For more information about bicycling, bike rack locations, and the challenge, visit https://bit.ly/bikewilton.

Investigate solar energy. In some cases, solar panels can reduce (or eliminate) your electric bill and has the added benefit of reducing dependency on fossil fuel energy. In Broward County, there is a Solar Co-Op called Solar United Neighbors, which provides a group rate from a single installer. For more information, go to solarunitedneighbors.org/Broward. I personally switched to solar utilizing Wilton Manors-based ProSolar about 8 months ago, and my only complaint is that I wish I had done it sooner. I am saving money and the environment.

Be sure you are recycling properly. Contamination of the recycling bin with nonrecyclable items costs money and effort. Please don’t put plastic bags of any sort in your recycling bin. For more information, check out the city’s recycling page.

Reduce your water usage. Install an ultra-low flow toilet and receive a rebate. Details at https://bit.ly/wiltontoiletrebate

Consider composting to reduce your solid waste. Here’s a simple guide: https://n.pr/3vVCEl3

Plant trees! Trees are the best carbon sequestration tools and they make life better! Be sure to attend our city’s next annual tree giveaway. I am happy to say the trees I adopted last year are doing phenomenal!

Stay tuned as the city continues to ramp up our efforts to become carbon neutral in the next five years. In the meantime, let me know what you’re thinking. I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via text at 954.557.2801.

- Chris Caputo, Wilton Manors City Commissioner