Green Works Orlando Green Updates
Orlando 360, an in-depth program that takes a 360 degree look at topics that impact your life here in the City of Orlando, focuses on the City’s Green Works Orlando initiative in its current episode.
The show features Mayor Dyer planting a community garden at Nap Ford Community School and working with City staff to replace traffic lights with energy efficient LEDS. Public Works Director Alan Oyler also discusses the City's sustainability efforts, which include water conservation and using waste to create energy.
City Purchases Fuel Efficient Cars and Clean Bio-Fuel
Under the Green Works Orlando initiative, the City has established five “pillars” that will serve as the operational foundation of the plan. As part of the transportation pillar, the City’s is replacing five of its current vehicles with four Ford F150s that can use either ethanol or gasoline and one hybrid Ford Escape that is powered by electricity and gasoline. This transition supports the goal of replacing the entire City fleet with fuel efficient or flex-fuel vehicles in the next five years.
The City has also extended a contract with On-Site Fuel to provide bio-diesel fuel for City vehicles.
City of Orlando employees integrated a green theme into their annual holiday celebration on December 5. City departments traditionally do booths at the event, which includes a holiday lunch, to educate employees about their services. This year, the booths focused on one of the five pillars of Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Orlando initiative.
different booths was one from the
Finance Department encouraging employees
to sign up for direct deposit and online paycheck stubs. Both items reduce
the number of payroll checks the City
has to print, saving money and paper.
Other booths allowed employees to make
recycled Christmas tree decorations and
wrapping paper or highlighted
energy-efficient and water-saving
housing products. A few Orlando Police
Officers really got into the theme,
putting new meaning to the City’s “Green
Team” by literally painting themselves
This week, the City of Orlando organized and hosted a two-day LEED-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - New Construction) training course. Both City and Orange County staff from Planning, Permitting, Facilities, Purchasing, Capital Improvement, Housing and other departments participated in this training. The course gave a thorough overview of the LEED-NC standards and showcased incorporating sustainable design features in public buildings, assisting the private sector in attaining LEED standards and instituting green building programs.
The course was instructed by Dr. Charles Kilbert and Donna Issacs from the University of Florida Rinker School of Building and Construction. Dr. Kilbert has become a national expert in green building issues.
The commitment to green building is part of “Green Works Orlando,” Mayor Dyer’s environmental action agenda. In September, the City opened the first two “green” fire stations in the state and soon will be opening two more “green” stations. The new facilities are the only fire stations in Florida to have applied for LEED certification. For more information on Green Works Orlando visit cityoforlando.net.