St. Petersburg is committed to delivering progressive, sustainable policies and effective programs to address city environmental, economic, and social challenges. Mayor Kriseman created the Office of Sustainability to work with other executive offices, the City Council Energy Natural Resources & Sustainability (ENRS) Committee, city departments, businesses, and the community to develop innovative environmental solutions that foster equity, vibrant communities and shared prosperity.
In 2016, City Council unanimously approved an allocation of BP Settlement funds for several key initiatives and projects demonstrating the city’s commitment to sustainability and resiliency, including a roadmap to 100% clean energy transition.
Key Initiatives & Projects
The STAR Communities Rating System was developed by local governments and is the nation's first framework and rating system for evaluating sustainability. In December 2016, the city was certified as a 3-STAR Community putting St. Petersburg on the national map with other progressive cities striving for community-wide sustainability. Let’s work together to reach 5 STARs before the next certification cycle in 2019 or sooner!
See the final December 2016 STAR Certification Results Report here.
Visit the city’s STAR Communities page for additional background and references.
A resilient city is one that is first, protected by effective defenses by adapting and mitigating for most climate impacts like sea level rise and extreme weather. Second, resiliency is the ability of city operations, businesses, and residents, including our most vulnerable populations, to bounce back more quickly when those defenses are breached from time to time.
Measures for resiliency already in place include the city’s FEMA CRS Program, emergency preparedness and disaster operations procedures, and building codes revised for flood areas, energy efficiency, and more.
In December 2016, through an Urban Land Institute (ULI) grant, leaders from New Orleans, Boston, Miami, and the Tampa Bay area came together to conduct a 2-day workshop with city staff, elected officials, and community and business stakeholders to help the city frame resiliency planning for the future with equity and economic opportunity in mind. The resulting report, Realizing Resilience, makes innovative recommendations for moving forward as a resilient community.
Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP)
For the first time, the City is comprehensively developing an Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP). The purpose of the ISAP is to advance the City's sustainability initiatives including 100% clean energy goals and regional resiliency planning efforts. The ISAP will serve as a blueprint for the city's sustainability initiatives across departments.
The ISAP will use STAR Communities to prioritize policies and projects, establish community-wide greenhouse gas emission information with reduction strategies, develop goals and strategies based on collected data and community and stakeholder input, and develop costs that will inform a 5-yr implementation plan along with long-term outlook and strategies.
The OS was created as an executive department when Mayor Kriseman took office in January 2014. Mayor Kriseman issued his first Executive Order establishing the Office of Sustainability with a set of values and actions to be taken in August 2015. In June 2017, the Executive Order [pdf hyperlink pending] was updated to reflect the city’s progress and goals.
Previous to creating the OS, the city was recognized by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) as the first "Green City" in Florida in 2008 under Mayor Baker. Citizens and city staff compiled data and submitted an application to FGBC for review. Check out the summary of the earlier “Green St. Petersburg” Program in this 2011 Green St. Petersburg Information Booklet.