St. Petersburg is leading the way in Florida by implementing strategies for a sustainable future. St. Petersburg is the first city in the state to receive the Green Building Coalition's Green City designation, and has been recognized for energy conservation, recycling, water conservation, fuel efficiency, landscaping and preservation of open spaces, and other environmental programs.
Florida's First Designated Green City
St. Petersburg was designated as the first city in the state to become a "Green City" by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). St. Petersburg was awarded the distinction for its renowned environmental initiatives, some of which include: one of the country's largest reclaimed water systems; recycling program and a successful yard waste-to-mulch program; preservation of environmentally sensitive land and habitat restorations; an extensive parks system; more than 50 miles of bicycle trails; water conservation education; programs to protect surface waters; tree planting programs; environmental education at such places as the, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Sunken Gardens and Weedon Island; and more.
- Florida's First Designated Green City (slideshow)
- Green St. Pete - Environmental Commitments (video)
Tree City USA
The city has received the Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation for the past 20 years. The city has an ordinance to protect trees and, since 2001, the city of St. Petersburg has planted nearly 18,000 trees. In addition to an ongoing tree planting in its parks, the city also plants trees along its rights-of-way and interstates.