WHAT WE ARE DOING

Did you know that Florida is 30th among the world’s top 75 emitters among states and nations? Luckily, a lot is being done in our community to reduce our carbon footprint.

Citizens

  • Over 2,700 homeowners have enrolled in the Florida Power & Light Co. green power purchasing program
  • Over 3,000 people have pledged to save energy through the ENERGY STAR Change A Light campaign
  • Over 340 residents have taken advantage of the state solar rebates to install solar technology on their homes or businesses.

Businesses

  • Local businesses are increasingly building green and providing energy efficiently and renewable energy services to their customers
  • Over 45 businesses are saving water and energy through the County’s Green Business Partnership

UF/IFAS Extension

  • Hosts statewide participation in the national educational campaign on climate change, Focus the Nation.
  • Offers thousands of sustainability educational materials online and at local extension offices.
  • Presents educational programs in local communities that help citizens make informed choices on climate change and sustainable living.

Sarasota County

  • Signed the 2030 Challenge to design buildings to be significantly more energy efficient.
  • Established a green building incentive program and promotes smart growth development.
  • Partnered with FPL to install the state’s largest solar array.

City of Sarasota

  • Signed U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.
  • Joined EPA WasteWise program to reduce waste and increase recycling.
  • Became an EPA Energy Star Partner and ICLEI member through which the city focuses on improving global environmental conditions through local actions.