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Mayor Signs Executive Order Establishing Policies Consistent with Sustainability Initiatives

On Tuesday, August 18, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman signed an Executive Order, his first, establishing policies consistent with the City of St. Petersburg Sustainability Initiatives.

Said Mayor Rick Kriseman: “St. Petersburg will be a model for sustainable practices and this is our biggest and boldest step yet toward that goal. Every city department will play an important role addressing a myriad of issues related to sustainability and climate issues. This is more than just a guide. It’s a directive.”

These Sustainability Core Values based upon community collaborations and partnerships, and have set forth a series of ambitious Sustainability Goals, including: net zero energy, zero waste, protection and enhancement of natural systems, the protection and promulgation of shade and green space, sustainable built environmental practices, safe and efficient multimodal transportation networks, improvement of our local economy, and a healthier community.

Said Council Member Darden Rice, Chair of the City’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee: “"The Mayor’s Executive Order sets the tone of leadership for one of our century’s greatest and urgent challenges: sustainability and climate change. Across the world, cities must begin to address land use, consumption, energy use, and transportation issues that have evolved over decades.  Here in St. Petersburg, we need to make sure we leave our city more resilient and better prepared for the challenges that face us.

This is an exciting step and the work has only just begun. I look forward to working with our citizens and helping our Mayor in this very important mission for a Sustainable St. Petersburg. “

Eleven specific policies and procedures will take effect immediately [see attached Executive Order].

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