MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Aug. 10, 2017) – The Florida Green Building Coalition this week delivered Platinum Certification honors to Manatee County, the state's first county government to achieve platinum status.
CJ Davila, Executive Director of the Florida Green Building Coalition, spoke to County Commissioners Tuesday, congratulated the County's Green Team for the accomplishment and for achieving the highest grade FGBC has ever awarded to a local government.
"There has been a measurable impact of these people's efforts," Davila said. "You're saving your citizens and taxpayers a lot of dollars. They did an amazing job."
Manatee County achieved its initial Green Government recognition in 2011. By 2013, Manatee was a gold level green government. Platinum certification comes after years of effort led by Manatee County Energy Manager Diana Robinson and Michelle Powers, Manatee County Energy and Sustainability Coordinator.
In recent years Manatee County's Green Team lead the countywide effort to increase energy efficiencies and streamline energy costs. Manatee County has streamlined its kilowatt hours nearly 7 percent over the past five years.
Among the team's top accomplishments, Robinson listed the County's energy efficient downtown chiller plant, the countywide transition to single-stream recycling and community events, such as Manatee Libraries' Teen Recycled Fashion Show. The County's landfill gas generator has slashed energy costs in half at the Lena Road Landfill. Dozens of Manatee County's green and sustainable efforts are listed on the Coalition's website.
Robinson credited Manatee County's Green Team, County Commissioners and leadership who have remained committed to sustainable policies for years. Staff from Manatee County Public Works, Property Management and Utilities departments played key roles in achieving certification over time.
Manatee County Property Management Director Charlie Bishop credited Robinson, Powers, former Green Team sponsor Brenda Rogers and staff from Manatee County Public Works and Utilities departments which played a big role in achieving platinum status.
The Green Team's efforts won universal acclaim from the County Commission.
"I'm so proud of the Green Team and of what's been accomplished for this county," said Commissioner Vanessa Baugh. "This is huge."
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