St. Pete's Commitment
Success Through Sustainability
The City of St. Petersburg is committed to delivering progressive, sustainable policies and effective programs to address city environmental, economic, and social challenges. For the better part of the last fifteen years, St. Pete has been making strides toward sustainability.
In 2008 the City was recognized by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) as the first "Green City" in Florida.
In 2015, The Office of Sustainability & Resiliency (OSR) was created. OSR works 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 2018, St. Pete joined the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition. At least 24 jurisdictions in the Tampa Bay area formed the coalition to coordinate climate adaptation and mitigation activities across county lines, and to advance local and regional responses to and preparations for economic and social disruption due to the climate crisis.
Additionally, the City has joined hundreds of other cities around the country in committing to addressing the climate crisis through greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
The American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) is an opportunity for 25 cities to significantly deepen and accelerate their efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for their residents.
As one of the ACCC winners, St. Pete was accepted into a two-year acceleration program with powerful new resources and access to cutting-edge support to help the City meet or beat the goal to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 20% by December 2020.