City of Oldsmar Latest Local Government to be Certified Green by FGBC

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Oldsmar City Council Member Andrew Knapp (left), Vice Mayor Katie Gannon, Mayor Eric Seidel, Sustainability Coordinator Ashlee Painter, Florida Green Building Coalition Executive Director C.J. Davila, Council Member Linda Norris, and Council Member Dan Sarack.

ORLANDO, Fla The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the state’s leading certifier green local governments, has certified the City of Oldsmar “Florida Green” in a presentation at the October City Council meeting.

The City of Oldsmar achieved 54 percent of its 324 applicable points, earning them Gold-level designation. This score represents the third-highest scoring city in the state. The City of Oldsmar was first certified in 2013.  To date 78 state local governments have participated in the Green Local Government program. 

“To be recognized as a Gold Level Green Local Government Standard by the Florida Green Building Coalition is an impressive and significant accomplishment for our City.  This achievement acknowledges the City’s commitment to improving environmental performance and stewardship in Oldsmar,” noted Mayor Eric Seidel. ““Becoming the third-highest scoring community in the State of Florida is not a surprise, but a reflection of years of dedication in this arena.”

Two decades ago, FGBC brought together industry professionals from the construction, government, academic and research communities to create green standards tailored specifically to Florida. Beyond third party certifications, FGBC is also a resource for the municipalities when considering going green.

“The FGBC Green Local Government program is totally unique within the state.  It creates an environment of communication and coordination among different departments,” said FGBC Executive Director C.J. Davila. “This collaboration streamlines processes, decreases redundancies, and generates new approaches toward sustainability and resource preservation.”

“The designation demonstrates exemplary leadership by Mayor Seidel, Vice Mayor Gannon, Council Members Norris, Saracki, Knapp, and City Manager Braithwaite who provided the framework and support to move forward with the certification,” added Davila. “We wanted to recognize Sustainability Coordinator Ashlee Painter, and all of the staff that worked on this tremendous accomplishment.”

“Florida Green” standards take a scientific approach and are developed with state-specific criteria.  They address Florida’s hot-humid environment, climate, distinctive topography, unique geology, resiliency, and natural disasters.

FGBC just passed the 23,600 mark in “Florida Green” certifications of single-family homes, commercial buildings, high-rises, land developments and local governments.

Going Green? In Florida you have a choice. For more information call (407) 777-4920, email info@floridagreenbuilding.org or visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org.