During the Commission Meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) presented Coral Springs officials with a Florida Green Local Government certification. The FGBC is a membership-based non-profit organization that administers certification standards and provides education to promote sustainable building, development and business practices. Coral Springs achieved 36 percent of its 339 applicable points, earning them a silver-level designation.
FGBC Executive Director Suzanne Cook said the designation demonstrates exemplary leadership by Mayor Roy Gold and other elected officials who provided the framework and support to move forward with the process that helps to better manage the cost of government. “Their leadership in this effort will help protect and conserve the community’s natural resources, enhance the efficiency of government thus reducing the cost to taxpayers, and raise public awareness about the benefits of environmental stewardship,” Cook said.
In order to achieve the FGBC Green Local Government Certification, Coral Spring’s staff, led by Environmental Coordinator Mark Westfall, undertook an extensive audit of the functions performed by every department within their government. The criteria included evaluations of energy and water usage, air quality, health issues, land use, recycling and waste disposal, maintenance policies, educational programs, purchasing practices, regulatory policies, and many others. From there, teams used FGBC’s program tools to identify methods to improve the sustainability of their business practices and operations.
“We very proud of this achievement and all of the green initiatives that our staff work so hard to implement,” Mayor Roy Gold said.
About Florida Green Building Coalition
The FGBC is an independent non-profit organization that was established in 2000 to promote green building in Florida. FGBC’s membership is comprised of individuals and businesses from all areas of the building industry, including research, design, materials, products, construction, inspection, marketing, finance and sales. For more information, visit www.floridagreenbuilding.org.