City recognized for green practices

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 9:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 9:08 p.m.

The city of Gainesville has received statewide recognition for a commitment to sustainable practices in government.

The Florida Green Building Coalition designated the city as a certified Florida Green Local Government for implementing green practices in its day-to-day operations and its regulatory policies.

Gainesville received 36 out of 311 possible points and a silver-level designation, the third-highest recognition bestowed on a local government.

The nonprofit Florida Green Building Coalition, which has members from the building industry, environmental organizations and the government sector, listed some 50 “green achievements” for Gainesville, including:

Adopting the Florida Green Building Coalition or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design efficiency standards as the minimum criteria for all new buildings.

Offering green or renewable energy sources.

Implementing Florida Friendly landscaping practices at public properties and maintaining a landscaping outreach program for homeowners, builders and developers.

Offering owners of residential and commercial buildings incentives for energy-efficient upgrades.

Requiring mitigation when natural habitat or resources are destroyed or altered during development.

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