A History of Green Initiatives
Did you know that the City of Tamarac was officially certified as a Florida Green Local Government all the way back in May 2008? At that time, Tamarac was certified at the Silver level, and it was the first local government in South Florida to achieve this honor. Two years later, in 2010, Tamarac was awarded Gold-level certification, a rarity among South Florida cities.
These designations are awarded by the Florida Green Building Coalition, “a nonprofit Florida corporation dedicated to improving the built environment. Our mission is to provide a statewide green building program that defines, promotes, and encourages sustainable efforts with environmental and economic benefits. FGBC was conceived and founded in the belief that green building programs will be most successful if there are clear and meaningful principles on which ‘green’ qualification and marketing are based. We are a membership-based organization governed by a Board of Directors and corporate officers who are elected by the general membership.”
In addition, according to a 2016 article in The Bond Buyer, in October of 2016, Tamarac marketed what city officials “believe is only the third public green bond offering from Florida.”
Tamarac’s Solar Savings Really Add Up
The City website has a nifty interactive tool where you can see just how much Tamarac’s solar initiatives are saving taxpayers.
For example, on just two days in September 2020, Parks and Rec avoided 199,422 kg of CO2 emissions, and earned a reimbursement of $31,337.
Check out the City’s Solar Savings pages for:
Interested in Joining the Florida Green Building Coalition? Membership is Open to Anyone
Membership in the Florida Green Building Coalition is open to any interested individual, company, or government entity. The Coalition encourages everyone to join and fully participate fully in many exciting and important environmental endeavors.
Member benefits include:
- Attendance at the annual GreenTrends Conference
- Directories of green products and professionals
- Listings of FGBC certified projects
- Education programs for industry professionals, consumers, and government entities
To learn more about the Florida Green Building Coalition, visit https://floridagreenbuilding.org/.