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Welcome to the Sustainability Program's website!

What does Sustainability mean?

Sustainability is implementing project and programs that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability is about balancing the environmental, social, and economic impacts of our actions.

What does the Sustainability Program do?

The Sustainability Program has a variety of duties, including:

  • Lead a climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan
  • Perform recycling education for businesses
  • Support renewable energy and energy efficiency efforts
  • Track greenhouse gas emissions community-wide and within city operations
  • Support low-impact development and green building
  • Support community composting efforts
  • Support efforts that increase walkability, bikeability, public transportation use, and electric vehicles
  • Coordinate with other local organizations on regional sustainability projects
  • Manage the Community Canopy (a free tree give-away) program
  • Support living shorelines and more environmentally-friendly seawalls

Local Sustainability-Related Announcements and Events

A draft of the City's Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan is available to view.  Please note, the final document is currently being created. The final report will go in front of City Commission on January 16, 2018 for adoption. If you have any questions or comments please email .

Sarasota County announced a new electric vehicle charging station rebate program for businesses, non-profits, and government agencies that will cover up to half the cost of buying and installing a new charging station.

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We completed a city-wide and internal greenhouse gas inventory and results showed we, as a community, have decreased our carbon footprint 22% from 2003 to 2015. There are similar results for our internal, city operations greenhouse gas inventory.

green businessWe are a proud Green Business Partner! We are among over 200 local business, non-profits, and governmental entities that are committed to resource conservation and sustainability.

City Sustainability in the News

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