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 & Resiliency in 2015 to work with other executive offices, the City Council Health, Energy, Resiliency and Sustainability (HERS) 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 an Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP), a Vulnerability Assessment project partnership with Pinellas County, and Energy Efficiency & Retrofits analyses demonstrating the city’s commitment to sustainability and resiliency, including a roadmap to 100% clean energy transition.
In 2017, City Council also approved funding for additional tree plantings, energy efficiency projects, and seed funding for non-profit organizations that work with the community on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resiliency.
In 2018, implementation of all of these programs and concurrent projects will be underway.
Key Initiatives & Projects
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 & resiliency initiatives including 100% clean energy goals. The ISAP will serve as a blueprint for integrating sustainability and resiliency 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 an implementation plan along with long-term outlook and strategies. For the STAR Communities baseline results for St. Petersburg, click here: 2016 STAR Certification Results Report.
ISAP data collection began in September 2017. A public engagement plan is under development and will include opportunities for technical, business and other stakeholder working groups, a “green ribbon” executive commission of regional leaders, and open public engagement formats including workshops and other interactive activities.
At any time during ISAP development, you are welcome to share thoughts, suggestions, and strategies to advance the sustainability goals of St. Petersburg: StPeteISAP@vhb.com
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; and 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.
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 July 2017, the Executive Order 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. 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.