Councilman introduces Green Building ordinance
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01/10/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Tampa City Councilman John Dingfelder formally produced his Green Building ordinance today to the public.

Acknowledging that it’s just a first draft that could use improvements, the Councilman stressed that now is the time for Tampa to begin instituting policies to create a more sustainable community.

Such an ordinance is still a ways away from being enacted. Most of the City Council expressed general support for it, but Councilman Thomas Scott expressed legal concerns.

Dingfelder emphasized that the green building practices he wants the city to embrace -- such as increasing energy efficiency, encouraging resource conservation and reducing waste on construction practices -- will not be a dictate from City Hall.

Councilwoman Mary Mulhern, also a strong supporter of the city adopting more initiatives to combat climate change, said that much of private industry supports creating Green Building standards.

Several members of the public also spoke up in support for the general of a Green Building ordinance.

Local architect Renee Twight displayed a graphic from Sports Illustrated published a year ago, that showed Florida, and specific sporting venues like Raymond James Stadium and the St. Pete Times Forum underwater in 50 years if global warming isn’t addressed.

Peter Crawford is another local architect, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. He extolled the virtues of Councilman Dingfelder’s proposed ordinance.

The City Council will hold a workshop on the proposal on Jan. 24. There will be a session where the public can weigh in on the ordinance next Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Mascotte Room in Tampa’s City Hall, 315 E. Kennedy Boulevard.

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