St. Petersburg council votes to go green

New and renovated city buildings will be environmentally certified
Published January 31

ST. PETERSBURG — City council recently passed an ordinance that will require new and renovated city buildings and infrastructure to go green.

The ordinance calls for all new city buildings, or ones that are significantly renovated, that are more than 5,000 square feet to be certified through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, and all new infrastructure more than $2 million would have to be meet Envision’s criteria. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is one of the most ubiquitous ways to rate buildings on their environmental impact. Envision is a similar rating system for infrastructure.

The vote was unanimous. The ordinance codifies a practice the city had adopted in 2017 when Mayor Rick Kriseman issued an executive order.