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Sustainability

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, and the community to develop innovative environmental solutions that foster equity, vibrant communities and shared prosperity. 

City Council created the ENRS Committee to provide leadership and recommendations for the broad range of sustainability challenges and opportunities in the city.   The Mayor's Office of Sustainability and the ENRS Committee collaborate with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to build sustainability into St. Petersburg’s DNA.

ENRS Committee meetings are generally held the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at City Hall. 

Sustainable St. Pete Vision

A city that thrives by finding the balance between environmental protection, economic vitality and social equity and responsibility.

Mission

To make St. Petersburg the city to live, work, and play through innovative and collaborative sustainability practices.

Core Values

  • Community Collaboration & Partnerships
  • Social Equity & Responsibility
  • Creativity & Quality Outcomes
  • Cost Effective Solutions
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Leadership in Innovation

Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability is bringing together and building on the many sustainability-related activities that have already been implemented across city departments.  The Office of Sustainability is creating a path forward to implement the 2015 Mayor Kriseman Executive Order. This includes measuring the city’s baseline, identifying gaps, setting goals, and implementing projects that contribute to a world class sustainable city.  The city has joined STAR Communities and is using the STAR Communities Rating System to develop a city baseline and to set goals.  The results of the STAR certification process will build on and guide the city’s key sustainability initiatives.  Click on topic areas on left sidebar to see more information on key initiatives.

STAR Communities

The STAR Communities Rating System was developed by local governments and is the nation's first framework and rating system for evaluating community sustainability. The STAR framework takes a broad definition of sustainability, including economic, social, and environmental goals and measures.  Visit the City's STAR Communities page (see left sidebar) for more information on STAR and to track the City’s progress toward STAR certification.

History

The Office of Sustainability was created as an executive department when Mayor Kriseman took office in January 2014.  Previous to creating the Office of Sustainability, the city was recognized by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) in 2008 as the first "Green City" in Florida.  Citizens and city staff compiled data and submitted an application to FGBC for review.  FGBC recognized the city for its excellence in long-standing and new programs to conserve water, plant trees, preserve estuaries and sensitive lands, use fuel-efficient technologies, provide earth-friendly recycling programs and more. The City recertified with FGBC in 2014.

Check out the summary of the earlier “Green St. Petersburg” Program in this 2011 Green St. Petersburg Information Booklet.



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