Welcome to the Sustainability Program's website!
What does Sustainability mean?
Sustainability is implementing projects 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 environmentally-friendly seawalls
Local Sustainability-Related Announcements and Events
Did you know the City of Sarasota has committed to 100 percent renewable energy community wide by 2045 and for municipal operations by 2030? This commitment was part of the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign. We have spent the last six months facilitating workshops to get input on strategy ideas to reach this new goal. We're finalizing the draft now and plan to bring it to City Commission in September 2018.
The Sarasota solar co-op has launched and 140 area residents have already joined! Are you interested learning more about solar energy and how much it would cost on your home? visit Solar United Neighborhoods to learn more and sign up. There is no cost and obligation for you to join and to receive a solar assessment for your home.
The City Commission officially adopted the Climate Adaptation Plan on January 16, 2018. This plan reflects over a year of work between city departments, HDR consultants, and the public and is an important milestone for Sarasota. Visit the Climate Change webpage for more information!
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.
We 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
- Florida Cities Are Most at Risk From Climate Change , Bloomberg article discussing Sarasota's vulnerabilities to Climate Change
- New Solar Co Op Comes to Sarasota County, Herald-Tribune
- Mayor Shelli Freeland Eddie joins 232 other Mayors across the U.S. to submit a formal letter to the EPA to appose the Clean Power Plan carbon guidelines. - Climate Mayors
- Leading the Way: City of Sarasota a leader in preparing for sea level rise - Herald-Tribune
- City finds receptive audience for climate change - Herald-Tribune 09/29/2017
- Sarasota is looking more sustainable after City Commission Meeting - Herald-Tribune 06/19/2017
- City Installs sea level rise marker on Lido Beach – Herald -ribune 04/04/2017
- Sea Level marker brings attention to ongoing issues – SNN 04/15/2017