The City of DeLand is proud to announce it has earned gold-level certification under the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Florida Green Local Government designation program.
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(DeLand, FL) - The City of DeLand is proud to announce it has earned gold-level certification under the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Florida Green Local Government designation program.
The city initially earned silver-level certification in 2013 and applied for gold certification in early 2018. To receive gold certification the city must meet criteria focused on improving environmental performance in areas such as energy, water, air, land and waste.
City Forester Mariellen Calabro directed the certification process.
“I’d like to thank Mariellen and the rest of our Public Works staff for all of their hard work and diligence that went into this certification,” said Public Works Director Demetris Pressley.
Among the city’s initiatives applicable to the gold certification include the city’s annual Tree Giveaway,designation as a Monarch City USA, its recycling programs such as the Recycle Coach app that helps residents learn how to be better recyclers and its move to retrofit its trash can in Downtown DeLand to allow for waste and recycling.Mayor Bob Apgar and the City Commission signed a pledge in 2017 to support a goal of powering DeLand entirely with clean and renewable energy by 2075.
“I want to commend our city staff for earning this prestigious certification,”Apgar said. “DeLand is committed to being a green city and this certification will help preserve our city’s many characteristics that make it one of Central Florida’s premier communities to live, work and play.”
Founded in 2000, the Florida Green Building Coalition is a nonprofit 501(C)3 Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Since FGBC’s local government program was launched, 94 Florida municipalities have achieved or are registered for “Florida Green” certification.