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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 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 Biosphere Pastor Frank Thompson The Worship Center Orlando Brandon Tidwell Darden Restaurants Dr. Marty Wanielista Stormwater Management Academy
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 • 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
Energy Efficient Buildings SunRail 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
What does this Sustainability Plan offer over and above what we’re already doing?
Connections 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.
Connections 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.
Connections POPULATION GROWTH 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 Goal • Deliver more packages faster and cheaper Result • 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 AND
Connections – alliances that maximize benefits Mission • 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 AND
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
Goals • Make connections • Make data-driven decisions • Identify what we value and how to measure it • Lay the groundwork to build sustainability over time
Sustainable Orange County Sustainability Committee September 24, 2013