Tampa a green city?05/17/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Last week St. Petersburg became the 1st city in Florida to get a Green City designation from the Florida Green Building Coalition. The award recognized the city's efforts to reduce energy emissions, as well as to conserve water. In recent years, the city switched its fleet to biodiesel fuel and installed energy-saving lights in traffic systems. Officials said the city uses less water today than it did 25 years
The City is Tampa is attempting to show that it can be as ‘green’ as cross-bay rival.
Today the city’s Director of Solid Waste, David McCary provided a power point presentation to the City Council about the various initiatives Tampa is working on
(roll tape#1 o.q.”have that commitment”)
Among the accomplishments McCary boasted of was Mayor Pam Iorio recently signing on to the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Climate Change. However, some environmentalists questioned why it took so long for her to do so. Iorio became the 393rd signatory to the list, which was created in 2005 by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. The agreement aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.
McCary said the City has also established a “City Green Team”, which will allow managers of various departments assess how the city is measuring its carbon footprint.
The City is measuring its reduction of carbon emissions in 6 different categories.
Green policy, greenways and trails, water quality, renewable energy and recycling, green buildings and air quality.
And he gave out examples of how a City Manager can make choices that are environmentally sensitive (roll tape#2 o.q.”trucks and equipment”)
But the City’s Solid Waste Manager emphasized that the city wasn’t being fiscally irresponsible in trying to combat global warming. He said a manager recently asked to purchase a Hybrid 2 ½ ton vehicle – but the costs were exorbitant (roll tape#3 o.q. “all of our user fees”)
One issue that Councilwoman Linda Saul-Sena questioned was how good the city has been in looking at the maintenance costs of its own buildings(roll tape#4 o.q.”presentation”)
While Councilwoman Mary Mulhern questioned how much the city will actually save in the long run switching to purchasing hybrid vehicles (roll tape#5 o.q.”actually saving money”)
McCary said each manager has to do a write up and report each month – and he said in terms of purchasing hybrids, the city will be assessing the long term savings (roll tape#6 o.q.”yes”) McCary said that in terms of water conservation, the city reduced it use of water per capita from 1993 to 2004 by 22%