Clearwater Greenprint open house, Sept 28
Clearwater Greenprint, a community action plan for sustainable growth is sponsored by the City of Clearwater, with funding from the Department of Energy. Guided by a Steering Committee of local residents and other group representatives, the aim of the Greenprint is to balance economic prosperity with environmental stewardship so that Clearwater will be a vibrant community for everyone who lives here now, and for the generations to come.
The Greenprint will include measurable goals and achievable strategies for a range of actions such as lessening the amount of greenhouse gases we emit into the atmosphere, making our buildings and transportation systems more energy-efficient, expanding mobility choices beyond the automobile, creating “green” jobs, reducing the amount of waste we generate, and consuming locally produced food.
The City has already made a commitment to pursuing sustainable and environmentally conscious policies and programs. For example, the local government recently completed a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and strategic plan to make government operations more energy-efficient. This community-wide Greenprint initiative will allow the City to take a step further by expanding the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and analysis to include the entire city. The Greenprint process will help everyone in the City come together to explore new ideas and take advantage of new kinds of decision-making tools that can help us prepare for a more livable and sustainable future.
Some of the Greenprint strategies will inform policy changes to the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Community Development Code. Other Greenprint strategies will influence local and regional agencies responsible for transportation investments, economic development initiatives, and environmental conservation programs. Still others will support statewide policies and programs to increase energy efficiency and conservation and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (House Bill 697), and to develop more sustainable transportation systems (Senate Bill 360).
But government programs and policies are only one element of the sustainability action agenda. A sustainable city is a product of the entire community, working together internally, and coordinating its efforts with neighboring communities, regions, and the world at large. Therefore, the Clearwater Greenprint will focus on strategies that everyone can help to carry out – local government, residents, businesses, and even visitors. It is a plan for everyone, so we need everyone to play a part in shaping it.
Please attend the first Clearwater Greenprint open house on September 28 from 4-7PM, at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765.
Be sure to share your Share your ideas on ways Clearwater can be more green, prosperous and livable! Come and learn about what your city is doing now to be more sustainable and competitive in the future.
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