The City of Coral Gables has been creating a Sustainability Management Plan. The plan will serve as a road-map to guide its efforts and decision making over the next 10 years to make the city a more sustainable and resilient community. The plan helps identify projects the City can do 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 has 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 proposed projects included in the plan. They include upgrading the City’s irrigation system and flow and flush fixtures, adding Electric Vehicles to the fleet, increasing our building energy efficiency (HVAC, lighting, building automation, etc.), LED Streetlights and Garage Lighting, exploring renewable energy (Solar PV and Solar Thermal), conducting a vulnerability assessment with regards to sea level rise, adding more bike and pedestrian infrastructure, increasing waste diversion and recycling efforts, and much more.
Currently the plan is estimating a positive Return on Investment (ROI) over 10 years.
As a part of the plan, a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory was conducted establishing a baseline of data (2013) to allow for the City to set goals for the future. 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.
A third component of the plan looks at the Community as a whole and provides an estimated STAR Community Rating Score. 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 remains in draft form and is expected to be finalized and published over the next few months. If you have any questions please call Matt Anderson at 305-460-5008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.