Go Green Boynton Beach!
SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE
The City of Boynton Beach is addressing the biggest challenges of this century – sustainability, energy and climate change. Being sustainable means meeting the needs of the present residents without compromising the ability of future citizenry to meet their needs while balancing environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic growth. The pursuit of sustainability has governed the direction of the City of Boynton Beach since 2008 when the City Commission involved employees, citizens and local businesses in creating policies and programs to promote sustainability. Through the creation and work of the Green Task Force, Green Community Alliance, and Sustainability Team and the award of the City’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) by the Department of Energy, the City has made great strides towards envisioning the steps necessary to achieve a sustainable future.
Download > Climate Action Plan 2.0 (5-year update, revised December 2015)
In 2010, the City of Boynton Beach (City) identified climate change and its long-term effects as the defining challenge for the 21st century; projecting the direct impact that sea level rise would have on the City’s water supply, the ability of stormwater drainage infrastructure to function properly and the livability of real estate along the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Committing to a strategic plan that would actively move the community toward sustainability was the approach that began in 2008 and ultimately became a reality with the first City of Boynton Beach Climate Action Plan (CAP) adopted by the City Commission through Resolution No. R10-150. The City’s CAP represents the implementation plan to achieve reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption in the future. The CAP addresses the need to change direction with respect to City operations, policies, alternative energies and fuels, mass and individual transportation strategies, land use and development, landscaping, irrigation and very importantly, community engagement and education. The plan is comprised of the three pillars that are necessary to achieving a sustainable future: environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social responsibility, all of which are interdependent and connected.
GREEN BUILDING PROGRAM
The Green Building Program establishes procedures and incentives for the implementation of green building standards. The program is intended to encourage the incorporation of green building practices into development projects. The program may be applied to any development within the City including redevelopment projects and government initiated development projects submitted for City review.
As part of our long-standing commitment to supporting environmentally sound practices that save money, energy and resources, in 2012 the City of Boynton Beach became one of the first municipalities in Florida to offer PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing for commercial properties through the Florida Green Energy Works Program. Owners of eligible commercial property may finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and wind resistance improvements to their property with little or no upfront cost, and then repay the financed amount over a term of up to 20 years as a non ad valorem assessment on the annual property tax bill.
- FCCMA - 2012 FCCMA Award for Program Excellence - Climate Action Plan as Best Practice for local government.
- GALA VERDE - 2011 Gala Verde Award for Green Outstanding Government by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) South Florida Chapter for Green Building Program
- SUSTAINABLE FLORIDA - 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practices Award for Seabourn Cove Project – 1st Certified Gold National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Residential Development in the country.