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Sustainability Management Plan

In 2015, the City of Coral Gables created a Sustainability Management Plan.  The plan serves as a road-map to guide our efforts efforts and decision making over the next 10 years to make the city a more sustainable and resilient community. 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. 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. 

The plan estimates a positive Return on Investment (ROI) over 10 years to the City.

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.  

  • 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). 

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 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 manderson@coralgables.com .

Below is a flyer that highlights a number of City Sustainability Initiatives to date, in which a number of are a result of the Sustainability Management Plan 

Sustainability Initiatives Flyer Updated [PDF]