Boynton Beach encourages all development and redevelopment projects in the City to reduce their environmental impact through green building practices. The City’s voluntary Green Building Program offers expedited permitting, tax and fee incentives, and marketing incentives to participating developers. The project must be registered with a nationally recognized green certification agency to qualify. The Green Building Program applies to new City buildings as well as private developments.
East Water Treatment Plant
In 2017, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure recognized Boynton Beach Utilities with the Envision Bronze Award for upgrades to its East Water Treatment Plant. The plant now treats up to 24 million gallons of water per day with a state-of-the-art Magnetic Ion Exchange (MIEX) pretreatment system to treat water transported from the western wellfield via a 6-mile-long pipeline. This project allows the City to maximize the use of the East Water Treatment Plant’s lime softening process (which is less energy intensive than the West Water Treatment Plant) and to help prevent saltwater intrusion by not over-pumping the coastal wells. Other improvements to the plant included filter valve replacements, replacement of the plant’s high service pumps with premium efficiency pumps and motors, improved stormwater management, modifications to the plant’s disinfection system, and a new 3 million gallon water storage tank.
The City received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to retrofit the Ezell Hester Community Center for improved energy efficiency. The project included replacing ball field lighting with “Green Generation Fixtures,” installing Energy Star appliances, changing T-12 fluorescent fixtures to more efficient T-8s, installing motion sensor switches to power off lights, applying window tinting, and adding reflective coating to roof.
Fire Station #5
The City installed a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Fire Station #5, and Florida Power and Light installed solar canopies and solar “trees” at two city parks. Read more.
The Links at Boynton Beach was retrofitted with automatic shut-off switches for golf cart chargers, and an energy management system for the cart barn and irrigation pump. The course also upgraded its irrigation and stormwater management systems, and maintains high-quality bird habitat for its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
Numerous City facilities have been updated with motion sensor light switches and efficient T-8 and LED lighting.
Celebrating its grand opening in February 2018, 500 Ocean was designed to meet the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Silver Certification. The Boynton Beach CRA entered into a public/private partnership with the developer to create the office space and construct the building to energy efficient standards. This project advances the City’s and CRA’s goal of encouraging green development, and the addition of approximately 600 new residents will stimulate downtown economic development.
Galaxy E3 Elementary was the first Florida school to earn a LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Galaxy opened in August 2013 as a Palm Beach County “choice” school after deconstruction of the original 53-year old school building. It earned the LEED Platinum designation by implementing sustainable features including solar panels, a thermal ice storage cooling system, a rainwater harvesting irrigation system, native landscaping, white reflective roofs, and a “wonderment center” for students to interact with science exhibits and natural lighting.
Seabourn Cove was the first Gold-Certified National Green Building Standard (NGBS) residential development in the country and recipient of the 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award. Seabourn Cove’s apartments and town homes have ENERGY STAR appliances and fixtures, recycled building materials, smart technologies to promote energy efficiency, electric vehicle charging stations, the onsite Old Dixie Eco Walk, and the 54-acre Seacrest Scrub Nature Preserve behind the property.