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Something Green is Growing at Government Center West

Government Center West (GCW) continues to make a "greener" building inside and outside.
Broward P3 Eco-ChallengePollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division employees Matt Anderson, Ken Dobies, Ana Suarez, Sean Sammon and Scott Strauss manage the Earthboxes at Government Center West.

Inside projects include implementing such energy efficiency measures as removing some unnecessary fluorescent bulbs in workstations,  and adding stickers reminding employees to turn off the lights. Outside projects include installing a solar tree to power cell phones and planting more Florida native shrubs and trees along the property.

Staff with Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality also entered into an agreement with EarthBox®,  which generously donated six EarthBoxes to help grow Florida native plants and vegetables. Employees visited a nursery in Davie that specializes in Florida Native shrubs, trees and groundcovers and purchased Blanket Flower, Tickseed, Tropical Red Sage, Aloe, Rosemary, Sea Purslane, Society Garlic and tomato plants, along with the proper potting mix needed for the boxes.

Once back at Government Center West, County employees Scott Strauss, Matt Anderson, Ken Dobies, Ana Suarez and Sean Sammon, all with Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality, found the perfect spot for the EarthBoxes, added moist potting mix, placed the plants into the boxes and filled the water reservoirs. The EarthBoxes are located on the east walkway into the building. They are near the picnic tables and help to add a pleasant green surrounding.

EarthBoxes are maintenance-free growing systems that control soil conditions, eliminate guesswork, and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden — with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort. Just add plants, water and sunlight for an easy garden that requires no digging and no weeding. Grow vegetables, flowers and aromatic herbs in any small space — a balcony, patio or even rooftops! For more information on the EarthBoxes, visit EarthBox.