Environmental Initiatives

How the City of Coral Gables is working towards targets for sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment

Sustainability Advisory Board

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The City of Coral Gables has made sustainability and resiliency a top priority and recognizes that it must be a key focus within our city’s planning, policies, and services. Through the development of our Sustainability Management Plan in 2015, our city has set goals of reducing energy and water consumption, fuel usage, and overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2025 off our 2013 baseline levels. 

Some of the city’s sustainability and resiliency accomplishments include:

  • Joined the US Climate Mayors in 2019
  • 65 electric vehicles in our City fleet. With 12% of our fleet being electric, the city ranks near the top of electric vehicle fleets in the nation. The city has also installed over 36 charging points on City properties. The City is continuing to expand its EV fleet and charging infrastructure with over 145 charging stations and 246 charging points currently scheduled for installation over the next few years (surface parking lots, Minorca Garage, and Mobility Hub).
  • Reduced its city facility energy consumption by over 23% per square foot since 2013 through the conversion to LED lighting and HVAC upgrades.
  • Reduced Building Water Consumption in City facilities by over 41.5% per square foot since 2013 by installing low flow faucets and toilets.
  • Achieved LEED Silver Certification on the Police and Fire Headquarters and Trolley Maintenance Facilities. The city requires all future buildings (public and private) larger than 20,000 square feet be built to LEED Silver or equivalent. Pursuing LEED Silver and Parksmart Silver Certification on Mobility Hub and Minorca Parking Garage.
  • In 2016 the city waived all permit fees for solar installations and other energy and water efficiency projects to incentivize residents to adopt environmentally friendly measures.
  • Extensive tree canopy with over 41% tree coverage. Designated Tree City USA 37 years and counting (1985).
  • Developed elevation maps and conducted a vulnerability assessment examining critical infrastructure in relation to future sea level rise projections, king tides, and storm surge.
  • In 2016, the City established a sea level rise mitigation fund. It currently has almost $10 million allocated in the fund with a goal to set aside $100 million by 2040.
  • In 2017, the city passed a resolution in support of establishing a 100% clean, renewable energy in the City and across the United States.
  • Joined the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact in 2016.
  • In 2021, the City achieved SolSmart Silver Designation through the Solar Foundation, International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office.
  • In 2021, Coral Gables was selected as one of 15 cities, town and counties to participate in the 12-month LEED for Cities National Co-Hort. In June 2022, the City received LEED for Cities Gold Certification.
  • In 2022, Coral Gables was one of 22 cities selected in Florida to participate in the 2022 Race to Zero Competition. It is a friendly competition between municipalities to showcase how they are leading the way to carbon neutrality. Scholarship recipients join a Florida Race to Zero “cohort” – a structured, technical assistance training program that will guide participants toward tangible results. Each city will receive assistance with conducting greenhouse gas inventories, developing science-based targets, developing, and implementing an action plan, reporting results and more.

 

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