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Mayor's Green Executive Order EO-08-01

Already recognized by the Florida Green Building Coalition as the first "Green City" in Florida, and noted for its excellence in programs to conserve water, plant trees, preserve estuaries and sensitive lands, use fuel-efficient technologies, provide earth-friendly recycling programs and more, the City of St. Petersburg former Mayor, Rick Baker, announced on May 16, 2008, the execution of Executive Order EO-08-01 that includes a number of actions, policies and procedures regulating city business.

"St. Petersburg has already made much progress in meeting these new commitments," said former Mayor Rick Baker, who co-chairs the Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. "We have emerged as a model city in Florida for our green initiatives. But as we all recognize, there is much to be done if we want to leave a sustainable city and state to tomorrow's generations."

Mayor's Green Executive Order EO-08-01

Mayors' Green Action Accord

In 2007, City of St. Petersburg  former Mayor, Rick Baker, authored the Mayors' Green City Action Accord.  The Mayors' Green City Action Accord encourages Florida cities to meet the goals and requirements of the "Florida Green City Local Government Standard," a rating system developed by the Florida Green Building Coalition, Inc.  Since its introduction, the Mayors' Green City Action Accord has been endorsed by the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and 1000 Friends of Florida and adopted by the Florida League of Mayors, Florida League of Cities and National League of Cities.

Mayor's Green City Action Accord 

Florida Local Environmental Resource Agency, Inc. (FLERA)

FLERA began in the late 1960s as a voluntary association of county and municipal environmental programs to share information about mutual resource concerns and solutions. Today, FLERA is a diverse organization of large and small agencies providing services in air and water monitoring, environmental protection, growth management, land management, environmental health, and public works.

Florida League of Cities

The Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida's municipal governments, which formed for the first time in 1922. Its goals are to promote local self-government and serve the needs of Florida's municipal governments by shaping legislation, sharing the advantages of cooperative action and exchanging ideas and experiences. The Florida League of Cities now represents more than 400 cities, towns and villages throughout Florida.  In August 2007, City of St. Petersburg former Mayor, Rick Baker, presented a resolution on the Mayors' Green City Action Accord.  The Board of Directors unanimously approved the resolution.

Florida League of Mayors

The Florida League of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of mayors in the state of Florida, created in November of 2005, during a meeting in Orlando of the Florida League of Cities members.  In August 2007, City of St. Petersburg former Mayor, Rick Baker, presented a resolution on the Mayors' Green City Action Accord.  The Board of Directors unanimously approved the resolution.

National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States.  Its goals are to promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance.  The National League of Cities now represents more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns nationwide.  

State of Florida's Energy and Climate Change Action Plan

On October 15, 2008, Florida Governor Charlie Crist received the second and final report of the Governor's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change. City of St. Petersburg former Mayor, Rick Baker, served as Vice-Chairman of the Team.  The Phase 2 report contains 50 separate policy recommendations as well as a separate suite of recommendations as guidance to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in its development of a regulatory, market-based cap-and-trade emissions limiting program. The report builds on the recommendations of the Phase 1 report released November 1, 2007.