Sustainability is meeting the needs of today's generation without compromising the needs of tomorrow's generation. Sustainability works to address three areas of concern: the environment, economy, and society. The City of Dunedin is committed to sustainability of local government practices and has made strides to lessen the environmental impacts of its operations.
Is Sustainability the Same Thing as "Green"?
Green practices generally address the environment. While sustainability also addresses environmental issues such as conservation and stewardship, it looks at the bigger picture to consider issues of social equality and economic prosperity.
Green City Program - The City is certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) as a Green Local Government at the Platinum level. The city of Dunedin has acheived the highest level of certification and percentage of points of any city to date. The FGBC Green Local Government Standard designates Green Cities and Green Counties for outstanding environmental stewardship. The standard focuses on improving environmental performance through mediums such as energy, water, air, land, and waste. The City maintains annual FGBC membership and continually works to acheive credits and initiatives identified in the FGBC program. Learn More.
Solid Waste and Recycling - The City of Dunedin Solid Waste Division has several programs and services to help you go green. Curbside and drop-off recycling is available to all residents. You can also find information about recycling electronics and chemicals. Visit our recycling webpage for more information.
Water Conservation - The City of Dunedin produces water for City residents and businesses using the Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Facility. Conservation and well head protection are integral to the proper management of our water resources. In fact, Dunedin has had watering restrictions in place since 1991, refer to them here.
Green Building - The City strives to design and build high performance buildings that protect natural resources and improve the quality of our air and water while costing less to operate. These buildings provide healthy indoor environments to our employees and community and serve as a model for others. Visit the green building webpage to read Dunedin's Green Building Code and learn about the financial incentives for green certified building projects.
Green Tips - Pinellas County Communication has some great tips to help you go green. Visit their webpage for more information.
The city is now an EPA Energy Star partner and using their resources to analyze our energy and water consumption to find conservation opportunities. There are many benefits to using energy efficient products, so remember to look for the Energy Star logo when shopping for home goods and appliances!
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG) is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The funds are available to assist local governments in implementing strategies to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use and emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and one that preserves or creates jobs. The City of Dunedin has submitted the grant application, the projects have been approved, and $149,500 of federal grant money has been authorized. Click here to learn more about the projects that will be funded under the EECBG.
The city has also joined the EPA WasteWise program to demonstrate our commitment to conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. By joining WasteWise, the city has agreed to develop goals in the areas of waste prevention, recycling, and buying or manufacturing recycled content product. By joining, we agree to track our results, and share our accomplishments with the program. To facilitate the implementation of waste reduction programs, WasteWise provides partners with guidance for establishing goals and tips for monitoring progress.
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