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Sustainable Orange County . Board of County Commissioners Work Session September 24, 2013. Presentation Outline. The Sustainability Committee Planning Process Sustainability Assessment Why Sustainability? Next Steps. Sustainability Committee. John Martinez (Chair) PNC Capital Markets

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sustainable orange county

Sustainable Orange County

Board of County Commissioners Work Session

September 24, 2013

presentation outline
Presentation Outline
  • The Sustainability Committee
  • Planning Process
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Why Sustainability?
  • Next Steps
sustainability committee
Sustainability Committee

John Martinez (Chair)

PNC Capital Markets

Eliza Harris (Vice Chair)

  • Canin Associates

Harold W. Barley

  • MetroPlan Orlando

Jill Hamilton Buss

  • Healthy Central Florida

Dee Danmeyer

  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando
  • Flora Maria Garcia
  • United Arts of Central Florida

Greg Hardwick

Metro Orlando Home Builders Association

Dr. Cathy Pope

Orange County Public Schools

Jim Thomas


Pastor Frank Thompson

The Worship Center Orlando

Brandon Tidwell

Darden Restaurants

Dr. Marty Wanielista

Stormwater Management Academy

sustainability planning process
Sustainability Planning Process
  • Plan
  • Assessment
    • Where we are now
    • Issues identified
  • Plan
    • Goals – where we want to go
    • Strategies – how we get there
    • Metrics – to measure our progress
assessment focus areas
Assessment – Focus Areas
  • Air quality
  • Water quality and supply
  • Energy use and sources
  • Waste created and waste recycled
  • Preservation of natural lands
  • Healthy communities
  • Development patterns
  • Availability of facilities and services
  • Homelessness
  • Transportation for all
  • Funding
  • Safety
  • Technology
  • Building condition
  • Maintenance & retrofitting
  • Urban form
  • Awareness
  • Organizational stability
  • Education
  • Venues
  • Connecting to art
  • Student outcomes
  • Adult education
  • School performance
  • Operations
  • Participation
  • Neighborhood organizations
  • Community facilities
  • Support for families
assessment what we re already doing

Energy Efficient Buildings


Assessment – What We’re Already Doing

Arts programs and facilities

Converting methane to energy

Electric vehicles

Volunteer programs

Solar panels at the Convention Center

Community redevelopment


The value added of the concept of sustainability, above and beyond the social, economic, and environmental concerns that make it up, is that it forces us to recognize links and trade-offs, rather than dealing with each concern independently.


To achieve sustainability, we need to sustain our economy, protect our environment, and achieve our social goals – ideally without trading off one goal for another.



More cars

More subdivisions

Decreased transit viability

Lower air quality

More VMT

Spread out development pattern

Demand for more roads, parking

Widen roads

More accidents

Loss of federal funding

Children can’t walk to school

Decline in walking

Adverse health impacts

Traffic congestion

Growth in large retail centers

Increased use of cooling

Increased impervious surface

Decreased access to art venues

Increased commute

Lower air quality

Closure of local shops

Vacant properties

Loss of shade

Loss of green space

Increased polluted runoff

Decreased parent participation

Food deserts

Decline in property values

Disenfranchised communities

Impact on flora and fauna

Student health/ educational performance

Decreased water quality

Decline in property taxes

Decreased art (and PE) programs in schools

Decreased community involvement

Less funding for schools

connections many problems single solution
Connections – many problems, single solution


  • Deliver more packages faster and cheaper


  • Increased package delivery efficiency
  • Reduced fuel usage (10 million gallons saved since 2004)
  • Reduced carbon emissions by 100,000 metric tons during the same period


connections alliances that maximize benefits
Connections – alliances that maximize benefits


  • To fight hunger in Central Florida

Program – Community Kitchen

  • Producing meals for individuals in need
  • Providing culinary training for disadvantaged and at-risk adults
  • Providing life skills training and job placement assistance


what s different about a sustainability plan
What’s different about a Sustainability Plan?

Looking at problems in isolation

Inter-related nature of issues

Focusing on narrow audiences

Considers maximum beneficiaries

Seeks out allies with overlapping interests

Single solutions that solve multiple problems

Makes sustainability a criterion for decision making

  • Make connections
  • Make data-driven decisions
  • Identify what we value and how to measure it
  • Lay the groundwork to build sustainability over time
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Sustainable Orange County

Sustainability Committee

September 24, 2013