Florida Sets Green Certification for Local Governments
Florida unveiled a Green Local Government Standard on December 10. It is the first such standard in the nation that considers all of the environmental impacts of local governments, including economic development, buildings management, and energy. It also allows local governments to certify their environmental contributions through an application to the Florida Green Building Coalition, who administers the program. The Florida Green Building Coalition publishes an overview of the standard, background documents, and how to apply online under its "Green Local Government."
Doug Yoger, assistant director of the Miami-Dade Environmental Resources Management Department said, "Local governments are ideally positioned to demonstrate sustainable practices in their own operations and to promote green behaviors by their residents."
The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa Beach developed the standard with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Florida Energy Office. Several Florida cities and counties, including Orlando, Gainesville, and Miami-Dade helped develop the standard. Read more about it in FSEC's December 10 press release.