Green Works Orlando Green Updates
Mayor Buddy Dyer addressed the Orlando Green Business Summit on Wednesday, May 12, to discuss the Orlando Green Works initiative and the City’s effort to create more sustainable facilities.
The summit, held at the Orlando Science Center, was an opportunity to share examples of businesses proactively investing in the emerging green economy and facilitate the dialogue on how our nation’s leadership in sustainability can grow our economy and create jobs.
On Tuesday, Mayor Buddy Dyer joined OUC in a work along to make energy-efficient upgrades to the home of Georgia McKnight in Carver Shores. McKnight’s home is considered to be one of the least efficient homes in Orlando because it was constructed before the State of Florida Energy Building Code took effect in the 1970s. The work along is part of a new POWER program to help upgrade older homes.
The POWER program is a partnership between the City of Orlando and OUC to provide weatherization, energy conservation and home energy fix-up rehabilitation to households below 80% of the metro Orlando median income. POWER stands for Provide Opportunity for Weatherization, Efficiency and Rehabilitation.
Neighborhoods, like Carver Shores, have been identified by OUC and the City of Orlando through analyzing utility bills and tax records across Orlando to calculate and map which of the City's 109 neighborhoods consume the most, and the least, electricity per square foot of living space. Carver Shores is ranked as the fourth-highest neighborhood in energy consumption across the City of Orlando.
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Open enrollment periods will be held for the eligible neighborhoods. Residents wishing to apply for an energy audit through the POWER program need to do so during that particular open enrollment period. Applications can be made through the City’s housing rehabilitation program at cityoforlando.net/housing. For more information, please call 407.246.2708.
In celebration of National Bike to Work Day, Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Robert Stuart lead over 150 bike riders from Infusion Tea in College Park to Orlando City Hall. This annual event promotes reducing our impact on the environment by commuting to work by bike.
The City of Orlando has been a designated bike-friendly community since 2000 and is home to more than 260 miles of bike trails, signaled routes and lanes. The City promotes biking as a healthy and energy-efficient form of transportation through street policies that make roads safe and accessible to all users; giving away locks, lights, helmets and refurbished bikes; starting the Pedal for Pride bike ride with the Parramore Kidz Zone and working directly with the Orlando Police Department to provide education, safety training and enforcement for bicycling.
On Friday, Mayor Buddy Dyer joined Orange County Mayor Richard T. Crotty, LYNX Executive Director Linda Watson and Chairman Carlton Henley to celebrate LYNX’s switch to biodiesel fuel and the construction of a new biodiesel fuel station.
LYNX is the first transit agency in the nation to operate its own biodiesel blending station. The switch to biodiesel fuel is part of the effort to reduce greenhouse gas production and reduce maintenance costs of LYNX engines. Biodeisel fuel is made from vegetable oils and can be mixed with petroleum products.