Town of Jupiter Earns Florida Green Local Government Certification
The town of Jupiter has been recognized as a certified Florida Green Local Government after it successfully met the sustainability standards established in the FGBC Green Local Government certification program. Jupiter achieved 22.3 percent of its 318 applicable points, earning it a silver-level designation. [More]
Renewable Energy Groups Form Coalition
To Push for More Solar in Florida
Solar energy proponents announced on September 10, 2014, a new coalition that will push for increased use of renewable energy in Florida. The coalition includes three major renewable and clean energy organizations: the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA) and the Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy (FARE) industry groups, and the nonprofit Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE).
The organizations say Florida laws and the state's investor-owned utilities have hampered the growth of solar power in the Sunshine State. Last week, FlaSEIA elected Reed Wilson of Florida Green Team/Aquatherm Solar Supply as its president. Wilson brings over 30 years of experience in the solar industry in Florida and promises to provide assertive leadership to the solar industry in Florida. Wilson's election was followed by the hire of long-time solar advocate Mike Antheil as the organization's new Director of Advocacy.
Florida's largest utilities — Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric — want to reduce conservation goals by more than 90 percent and have attacked solar as unreliable and costly. The utilities have stated that intermittent cloud cover and zero production at night hinders solar without an efficient battery system.
The coalition said it aims to combat what it characterizes as misinformation by the utilities and the influence of their message on Tallahassee. In particular, the coalition said it wants to ensure that the state preserves net metering, which allows solar power users to sell excess electricity they generate to the utilities at wholesale prices. [More]
Multi-Family Energy Retrofit Program
Moving Forward by FHFC
The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) is developing a funding mechanism for distribution of just over $7 million to create a revolving loan fund to carry out energy retrofits on older rental apartment properties within its portfolio. Loans will finance energy efficient improvements identified in an energy audit on each eligible property. Maximum funding amount is $5,000 per unit in construction costs plus $40,000 soft costs.Eligible applicants will be multifamily developments within the FHFC portfolio that were originally completed prior to December 31, 1999. [More]
The Program for Resource Efficient Communities at the University of Florida will track utility data on properties that undergo a MERP retrofit.
Leaders in Corporate Sustainability Announced
The 2014 results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) Review were announced by RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices on September 11, 2014. The DJSI World includes only the top 10% of companies per industry, making it the gold standard for corporate sustainability. Who are the leaders in corporate sustainability? Check out the Report.
FGBC Background and Mission
The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) is a nonprofit 501(C)3 Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Our mission is "to lead and promote sustainability with environmental, economic, and social benefits through regional education and certification programs."
FGBC was conceived and founded in the belief that green building programs will be most successful if there are clear and meaningful principles on which "green" qualification and marketing are based. We are a membership-based organization governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers who are elected by the general membership.
The FGBC is continually finding new and innovative ways to educate builders, developers, local governments, and consumers about how to achieve a healthier, more environmentally sustainable future.
The purposes of the Florida Green Building Coalition are:
- To administer certification programs based upon the green building standards
- To award its certification mark to qualified projects
- To educate the general public, businesses, institutional and governmental bodies of the long term benefits of sustainable development and green building practices
- To encourage housing affordability by increasing building sustainability
- To stimulate statewide acquaintance and fellowship among members and others interested in green building practices
- To provide opportunities for members and other interested parties to increase their knowledge of green building practices.
2004 - Sustainable Florida 'Best Practices' Award
2013 - American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) Exemplary Water-Energy Program