St. Petersburg Commitment
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 (OSR) 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. See the Mayor's latest Executive Order on Sustainability & Resiliency here.
The City of St. Petersburg has signed on the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition. At least 24 jurisdictions in the Tampa Bay area formed this coalition to coordinate climate adaptation and mitigation activities across county lines, to advance local and regional responses to and preparations for economic and social disruption due to climate change effects.
In addition, the Mayor Kriseman and the City of St. Petersburg have joined hundreds of other cities around the country in committing to addressing climate change through greenhouse gas emissions reductions:
- Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change – Chicago Climate Charter
- America’s Pledge and the Carbon Disclosure Project
- We Are Still In
- Ready for 100
Previous to creating the OSR, 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 .