Palm Beach County has been named a Silver-Level Certified Green Local Government by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). Silver certification confirms Palm Beach County’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability in the areas of energy, water, air, and waste management.
This outstanding achievement is the result of extensive collaboration among multiple county departments, the Solid Waste Authority, the School District of Palm Beach County, the Department of Health, and the offices of the Palm Beach County Sheriff, Tax Collector, and Property Appraiser.
Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management was the lead department, gathering information from all the partners to compile the final application. Each partner identified sustainable business practices and operations within its respective agency or department.
The FGBC is an independent nonprofit organization that was established in 2000 to promote green building in Florida. The membership is comprised of individuals and businesses from all areas of the building industry. The organization administers certification standards and provides education to promote sustainable building, development and business practices. Its Green Local Government Designation Program recognizes counties and cities for achievements in outstanding environmental stewardship. To become certified, local governments must comply with a rigorous set of criteria and attain a minimum level of points. Statewide, there are 12 county and 29 municipal governments that have achieved FGBC standards.
Palm Beach County and its partners will benefit from the silver-level certification through enhanced public perception and recognition when applying for future grants. The next goal is to advance operations and practices to meet gold-level FGBC certification within three to five years.
A special presentation is planned for Thursday, September 13, at 4 p.m. during FGBC’s annual membership meeting. The meeting is part of the organization’s annual Green Trends Conference & Tradeshow being held at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. County Commission Chair Shelley Vana has been invited to give the welcoming address and accept a framed certificate and flag in honor of the county’s achievement. For more information about the conference, please go to www.greentrends.org/index.htm. A certificate presentation to the full Board of County Commissioners will take place later this month.
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