The City of DeLand was recently recognized by the Florida Green Building Coalition as one of the greenest cities in the state.
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City of DeLand earns Green Achievement Award from Florida Green Building Coalition
(DeLand, FL) – The City of DeLand was recently recognized by the Florida Green Building Coalition as one of the greenest cities in the state.
DeLand was awarded the 2018 Green Achievement Award for earning the highest score in the state while completing its Green City Gold Level Certification. The City of DeLand was certified as a Silver Level Green City in 2009. In 2018, the City received its Gold Level Certification. There are currently 32 accredited governments in Florida.
The FGBC Green Local Government Standard presents a comprehensive list of criteria, organized in terms of local government department functions. It focuses on improving environmental performance through a number of mediums(energy, water, air, land, waste) and evaluates:
• Environmental practices done "in-house"
• Incentives and ordinances to foster green practices
• Educational activities to improve the environment
FGBC Certified Local Governments are recognized for outstanding environmental stewardship. Additional benefits of the certification are improved efficiency through better internal communication, cost reductions, and effective risk and asset management.
Some of the programs and initiatives included in the city’s application for accreditation were the city’s 31-year status as a Tree City USA, being the first city in Florida to be recognized as a Monarch City USA and its annual tree giveaway initiative in partnership with the DeLand Breakfast Rotary Club.
“I am proud of our staff for their hard work and dedication toward earning this prestigious honor,” said Public Works Director Demetris Pressley.“DeLand is proud of its heritage as being a green city and we hope to continue that legacy for many years to come.”