Palm Bay Honored By Florida Green Building Coalition
By Yvonne Martinez // December 12, 2014
recognized for Green Local Government
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The city of Palm Bay is proud to announce that it has been recertified by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) as a Florida Green Local Government after successfully meeting the sustainability standards established in the FGBC Green Local Government 5-year recertification program.
Palm Bay is the only local government in Brevard County to earn the certification. The Green Local Government Silver Certification standard recognizes Palm Bay for outstanding environmental stewardship and assures that as a Green City, Palm Bay functions in an efficient manner that results in overall cost and energy savings.
The Green Local Government Standard consists of an extensive list of criteria, organized in terms of local government department functions. When Palm Bay earned its first silver-level certification in 2009, with 21 percent of its applicable points, the city focused its efforts on energy use and practices. The city implemented environmentally-friendly standards, to include a citywide recycling program, use of LED technology in traffic signals, conversion to BioDiesel fuels, flex-fuel vehicles and hybrids, solar lighting in city parks, and a long list of other environmentally sound practices. Since 2009 the city has continued to expand its efforts in efficiency and sustainability and as a result earned 33 percent of its 336 applicable points, leading to another silver-level designation.
A presentation of the award to Palm Bay officials was held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, during the City Council meeting. The award was presented to the city by Robin (Rob) K. Vieira, past president of the Florida Green Building Council. While presenting the award Vieira said that “The City of Palm Bay’s leadership in this effort has helped protect and conserve natural resources here in Palm Bay, as well as enhanced the efficiency of government, reducing the cost to tax payers.”
In a statement released by the FGBC, Suzanne Cook, FGBC Executive Director, acknowledged the exemplary leadership of Mayor WilliamCapote and other elected officials who provided the framework and support to move forward with the process that helps to better manage the cost of government.
The city’s “green team” was led by Special Projects Manager Jennifer Williams and Environmental Management Services Coordinator DeShon Davis-Paterson. In order to achieve the FGBC Green Local Government Certification an extensive audit was conducted, examining the functions performed by every department Using FGBC’s program tools, the team worked to identify methods that would continue to improve the sustainability of Palm Bay’s business practices and operations.
• Develop a local government solid and hazardous waste reduction plan
• Encourage Environmentally Preferred Purchasing program implementation
• Implement energy-efficient lighting & controls for outdoor recreation areas
• Purchase Alternative fuel vehicles & operate a local government alternative fueling station
• Employ green cleaning and maintenance procedures
• Implement an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
• Enact green landscaping ordinance for local government buildings
The City of Palm Bay is committed to maintaining and improving practices that will ensure a clean, healthy and safe environment for everyone now and into the future. As a major employer, land owner, fleet operator, utility owner and consumer of goods and services, Palm Bay has a unique opportunity and capability to facilitate significant improvements in sustainable practices for its community.