Pinecrest has a long history of environmental sensitivity and activism, as a community and as a municipal government. In the coming months and years we will be taking these efforts to new levels as the Village Council has made sustainability a priority goal in their Strategic Plan. The Village is a participant in the U.S. Conference of Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement and has worked closely with the Miami-Dade County School Board through an Education Compact between the two entities that emphasizes the concept of "Green Schools". Pinecrest is an active member of several recognized organizations that further green causes including the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the Florida Gold Coast Clean Cities Coalition, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Florida Green Building Coalition. The Village is committed to lead by demonstrating sustainable stewardship that will yield cost savings to taxpayers by reducing operating costs, providing a healthy work environment for staff and visitors, increasing public awareness of the environmental and economic problems associated with carbon emissions, and establishing community standards of sustainable living practices.