“On the Blue Path, Floridians live within their water means, keeping as much water as possible in our aquifers, rivers and wetlands,” says Florida Trend reporter Cynthia Barnett, who coined the Blue Path term. “It relies on us coming together as Floridians to use less, rather than fighting to grab more.” The Blue Path "is not only the ecologically ethical path, but a more prosperous path for Florida’s people and businesses.”
The Blue Path is the road to creative excellence in business, education and research--the path to prosperity based on innovation in water use, conservation, biotechnology, construction, materials science, agriculture, and so much more.
“Innovation isn’t just about inventions. People want hubs of higher education innovation, quality of life innovation, venture capital innovation, and arts and nature innovation. . . This is a place where more and more people work at a start-up company in the morning, enjoy a lunch made with locally grown produce, and cool off at the springs on the weekends. . . We have all the elements of the much-sought-after 'creative community' of the 21st Century.” (UF President Machen speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Florida Innovation Hub)
“Most of our citizens assume we’re already protecting our springs and the aquifer. They are shocked to learn that this isn’t exactly true. A great deal is spent to fix the water problems we’ve caused by pumping, polluting or otherwise harming natural systems. One the new blue path, Florida would spend its money on conservation up front rather than on costlier restoration later. So why don’t we have adequate protection for our water? It turns out that we, the people must command it.”
Annie Pais, Executive Director, Florida’s Eden, The Blue Path Coordinator