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Posted February 12, 2020 | 3:03 PM

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Become enamored with sustainability at Thursday's Love Hillsborough event

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2020) - Just in time for Valentine's Day, Hillsborough County invites residents to learn how they can show the Earth a little love, too.

Test drive a Tesla, discover how to make gifts that are a treat for your sweetheart and the environment, and find out how you can join County government and others in keeping our community sustainable at Love Hillsborough, scheduled Thursday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, 600 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa.

The event will feature:

  • Exhibits by more than 40 County departments and other public and nonprofit organizations with information about their sustainable programs, including ideas you can use at home
  • A variety of electric vehicles on display
  • Sustainable gift ideas, crafts, and giveaways
  • Following brief opening remarks, hop on board an electric bus for a quick demonstration ride, and test ride electric scooters
  • Food trucks and music

The Love Hillsborough event aims to showcase the work that is being done by Hillsborough County and community partners to conserve energy and preserve resources, which directly affects the future of our community.

The County saves more than $3.5 million annually by reducing its energy use and costs. From the use of recycled materials in building construction, to solar panels on facilities, to the installation of LED traffic signals, the County has been reducing carbon dioxide emissions since 2003. About 25 percent of the County's fleet of vehicles is made up of electric, gas-electric hybrid, and compressed natural gas vehicles. In addition to expanding to alternative-fuel vehicles, several buildings, including libraries and parking garages, have charging stations for residents with plug-in vehicles. The Resource Recovery Facility converts approximately 562,000 tons of garbage annually into enough clean electricity to power approximately 26,000 homes.

Learn more about sustainability at HCFLGov.net/Sustainability.

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