In 2015, the City of Coral Gables created a Sustainability Management Plan. The plan identified projects the city can implement to can decrease our energy, water, and fuel consumption while increasing sustainability education/awareness, waste diversion (recycling) and alternative modes of transportation.
Within the plan the city set goals of reducing energy and water consumption, fuel usage and overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2025. In addition, the city has also set a goal of diverting single family residential and municipal operations solid waste by 75% by 2020 which coincides with the State of Florida goal. There are 24 projects included in the plan and an estimated a positive Return on Investment (ROI) over 10 years to the city.
The Plan includes a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, with a baseline year of 2013, of the city’s local government operations and community-wide emissions.
- Community Wide Emissions- 771,972 metric tons CO2 (39% Commercial Sector, 31% Transportation, & 27% Residential)
- Local Government Operations Emissions- 13,762 metric tons CO2 (50% Buildings/Facilities, 23% Fleet, & 13% City Streetlights).
The STAR Community Rating System focuses on areas such as Health and Safety; Education, Arts and Community; Climate and Energy; Natural Systems; Built Environment; Economy and Jobs; Equity and Empowerment; and Innovation and Process. The estimated score that the city could expect to receive if the decision to made to go through the formal certification process is a 3-STAR Community.
The plan was designed to be a living document intended to continue to evolve/adjust over time. If you have any questions please call Matt Anderson at 305-460-5008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Progress to Date
Sustainability Management Plan Goals Progress
- Reduced energy consumption by over 14% since 2013 through lighting and HVAC upgrades and other energy-efficient measures.
- Reduced water consumption in city facilities by over 22% since 2013 through the installation of low-flow faucets and toilets.
- Reduced total irrigation water usage by 6% since 2013.
- Reduced community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 20% since 2013.