FORT LAUDERDALE – The City of Fort Lauderdale has been certified as a Florida Green Local Government by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).
The FGBC designation is awarded to governments that demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship and implement effective sustainable initiatives to strengthen their community.
FGBC presented the City with a certification award during a commission meeting last month.
FGBC is dedicated to improving the built environment. Its mission is to lead and promote sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education, community outreach and certification programs.
Governments attain FGBC certification by earning points for green practices that fall within 19 local government functions, including: administration, agriculture, building and development, utilities, solid waste, public transportation, water and wastewater and natural resource management.
Initiatives that earned points towards Fort Lauderdale’s certification were an Office of Sustainability and a Sustainability Advisory Board to provide incentives for green redevelopment, to tracking energy usage and recycling rates.
FGBC Executive Director C.J. Davila commended Fort Lauderdale for pursuing the voluntary certification, stating that the achievement demonstrates the City’s commitment to protect and conserve the community’s natural resources.
FGBC was formed in 2000 and is the leading certifying agency for green building within the state of Florida, having just surpassed 20,000 projects, by far the largest certifier of green residential and commercial construction, residential communities and local governments in the state.
Unlike other national and international certifications like USGBC LEED or Green Globes, FGBC five certifications are only standards developed with scientific-based, Florida-specific criteria. They address the state’s hot-humid climate, environment, unique topography, geology, resiliency and natural disasters.
Going Green? In Florida you have a choice. To learn more contact FGBC at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org call (407) 777-4919.