Orlando Green Updates
Reliable Plaza Receives Official LEED
- The Reliable One - unveiled Reliable Plaza, the utility's new green
downtown customer service and administration center on Tuesday, November
11, 2008. This week, the U.S. Green Building Council officially
announced that Reliable Plaza has achieved Gold LEED certification.
Reliable Plaza is one of the most energy and water efficient buildings
in Central Florida using 28 percent less energy and 40 percent less
water than a similar sized structure built to standard code. These
energy and water saving features make this the first commercial building
in Central Florida designed and built to Gold LEED certification.
City of Orlando Receives
LEED Platinum Designation on Affordable Home - First in State
week, the City received word from the U.S. Green Building Council that
the affordable home built at 1025 W. Anderson Street was certified as
LEED Platinum. LEED for Homes is a national third-party certification
system for energy efficient, healthy, green homes. This residence is the
first LEED-Certified Platinum affordable home in the state of Florida.
Some of the features that resulted in this certification include energy
star appliances, compact fluorescent lights (CFL), ultra low flow
toilets and faucets, landscaping and double insulated windows.
Green homes have substantially lower
utility bills and may qualify for advantageous financing, lower
insurance rates and government incentives. Through our commitment to
green homebuilding, the City of Orlando is helping to keep homeownership
affordable. For more information on green affordable homes, contact the
City's Housing and Community Development Department at 407.246.2708.
City Council Receives
Update on Green Works Orlando
On Monday, April 27, the Orlando City Council was presented with a
workshop that provided an overview and update of Green Works Orlando.
The following is a snapshot of the Green Works Orlando program's
Every stoplight and pedestrian signal
in the City has been converted from incandescent bulbs to Light
Emitting Diode (LED) technology. As a result, greenhouse gas
emissions have been reduced by approximately 526,843 pounds of CO2.
This is the equivalent of removing 44 cars from the highway or the
energy use of 22 homes for one year and adds more than $25,000 in
monthly savings for the City.
The lighting at the Central Boulevard garage was replaced with more
energy efficient fixtures. The new lighting caused an annual
reduction of more than 580,000 pounds of CO2 or the amount of
electricity used by 37 homes in a year.
Five Orlando Fire Stations are LEED-Certified and boast 40 percent
water and 18 percent energy savings. Fire Station One will be
completed this fall and is anticipated to be LEED-Certified Silver.
Thirty-four percent of the City's vehicles have been transitioned to
bio-diesel, flex-fuel and hybrid. As a result, green house gas
emissions have been reduced by approximately 3,448,000 pounds of CO2
or the equivalent of the electricity for 216 homes for one year.
Green Works Business, an educational program designed to provide the
Orlando business community with comprehensive best practices in
sustainability, was established.
The U.S. Department of Energy selected 13 Solar America Cities in
June 2007 and an additional 12 cities in March 2008 to help lay the
foundation for a solar energy market that can serve as a model for
cities around the nation. Orlando was the only city in Florida and
the Southeast to receive this designation.
A single stream recycling program was created in Orlando City Hall.
More than one ton of recyclable material is collected each week.