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St. Lucie County Renews Green Government Certification

Post Date:02/09/2017 7:28 AM

St. Lucie County has successfully renewed its "Green County” designation from the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), earning the Silver Level.

St. Lucie County was first designated as a Gold Level Green County in 2010 at a time when only five other Florida counties had received this prestigious recognition. While St. Lucie County increased its overall score from 43.33 percent to 46.34 percent, the FGBC recently changed its scale requiring a score of 51 percent to achieve the Gold Level.

"To be one of the first counties in the state to receive this designation back in 2010 was a tremendous success, but for St. Lucie County to prove to an independent review group that we have continued to make enormous efforts to help improve our local environment means even more," said St. Lucie County Commission Chairman Chris Dzadovsky. "I'm especially proud of all the county employees who remain dedicated to not just serving our residents, but finding ways to protect our community so that we can serve future generations, while operating more efficiently and saving taxpayer dollars."

The FGBC uses a standard of criteria to evaluate performance in implementing policies and programs in the areas of energy, water, air, land, waste and education/awareness. St. Lucie County was evaluated using a point system, achieving Silver Level certification for its exceptional stewardship and sustainability initiatives.  

Many of the policies and programs that led to St. Lucie County's recertification included the environmentally significant lands program, innovative land planning codes and policies, the Solar and Energy Loan fund, and numerous educational and community outreach programs. Additional credits were earned from the county's implementation of green cleaning and landscaping policies, artificial reef and oyster programs, stormwater improvement efforts, single-stream recycling and more.

For more information about St. Lucie County’s green government initiative visit:

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