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Green Projects and Energy Sustainability in Florida Local Governments. Jessica Terman, M.P.A. Ph.D. Candidate Askew School of Public Administration Presentation to Leroy Collins Institute Executive Board March 21, 2012. Presentation Outline.

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Green Projects and Energy Sustainability in Florida Local Governments

Jessica Terman, M.P.A.

Ph.D. Candidate

Askew School of Public Administration

Presentation to Leroy Collins Institute Executive Board

March 21, 2012


Presentation Outline Governments

What is energy sustainability? To what extent is it being done at the local level?

What are Florida local governments doing and where are they falling short?

Practices in green government

Incentivizing green industry

What are best practices for green government?

What are practices for incentivizing green industry?

What can the state do to help local governments?


The What and Why: Governments

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

  • What: Cities want to maximize current and future conservation efforts, energy use and production.

  • Why:

    • Cost Reduction: Cities believe these projects will have the potential to reduce energy costs.

    • Economic Growth: Cities see these projects as a way to stimulate the local economy.

    • Manageable Goals: Cities are less focused on larger goals of climate change and green house gas

      reduction.


Local Prioritization of Energy GovernmentsEfficiency




Best Practices: Governments

Governments Using All Five Green Practices



Green GovernmentsEconomic Development



Industry Incentives: Governments

Green Building and Development Policy


Industry GovernmentsIncentives: Cities Engaged in Green Economic Development




What is the State Doing? Cities

2008 Florida Energy Bill

Efficient land use: Redevelopment, Mixed-use

GHG reduction: Transportation strategies

Energy conservation: Addressing conservation in planning documents

Housing design/construction standards: LEED

59% of cities reported changing their comprehensive plans in response to HB 697


Enhancing Sustainability: Cities

What Else can the State Do?

  • Encourage Collaboration:

  • Coastal Partnership Initiative

  • Green Purchasing:

  • State of Florida “Climate Friendly Preferred Product List”

  • Joint purchasing across municipalities

  • Mitigating Other Obstacles:

  • Identify/analysis cost-benefit of different projects

  • Educate local planners on sustainable planning

  • and design


Questions Cities


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