City of Orlando: Green Works Community Action Plan

Green Works OrlandoecoPreserve President Alexa Stone was acknowledged as an active contributor to Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan.

Mayor Dyer launched Green Works Orlando in 2007, and the City of Orlando has since made significant progress in promoting environmental stewardship and encouraging agencies, businesses and residents to improve environmental sustainability in Orlando.

Some of the early successes include:

  • Achieving more than $1 million in annual energy savings
  • Expanding the Downtown LYMMO bus circulator and building the SunRail
  • Completing eight LEED-certified municipal buildings, including the first newly constructed LEED-certified NBA arena in the country
  • Performing energy efficiency retrofits to 1,200 houses
  • Planting 10,000 trees and establishing four community gardens.

In October 2012, Mayor Dyer launched the creation of the Green Works Community Action Plan, challenging the Orlando community to continue on the path towards becoming the green city capital of the southeast United States.

The Green Works Community Action Plan identifies ambitious goals and actionable strategies in seven distinct focus areas:

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Goals were established for the year 2040 and interim targets for 2018.

ecoPreserve president Alexa Stone was one of twenty leaders appointed by Mayor Dyer to a Task Force charged with developing the Community Action Plan and developing recommendations on how to achieve Orlando’s sustainability goals. During the plan development process, the Task Force met on five separate occasions to review goals, prioritize strategies for each focus area, identify appropriate implementation plans and make final recommendations to the Mayor. The Task Force is also anticipated to play a role in the implementation of the recommended strategies.

ecoPreserve’s continued leadership and commitment to the creation of a green economy in the City of Orlando aligns perfectly with the Green Works Community Action Plan, and we look forward to our contribution in making the City Beautiful one of the greenest cities in America.

For more information, please visit www.GreenWorksOrlando.com
The complete Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan can be found here

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Facility Condition Report

The report is prepared in accordance with the recommendations of ASTM E2018-15, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. This is a partial list of contents:

  • PHYSICAL CONDITION
    • General condition of the building, grounds, and appurtenances
    • Physical deficiencies, their significance, and suggested remedies
    • Photographs
    • Safety issues observed
  • INFECTIOUS DISEASE SPREAD POTENTIAL
  • OPPORTUNITIES
    • Potential operating efficiencies
    • Electricity and water use reductions
    • High-efficiency interior and exterior lighting
  • ORDER OF MAGNITUDE RENOVATION BUDGET
    • Recommended interior finishes
    • Construction costs

Risk Mitigation Improvements

  • IAQ
    • Airflow
    • Temperature and humidity
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC EQUIPMENT
    • Settings
    • Conditions
    • Capability
    • Filtration
  • FLOORPLAN
    • Traffic patterns
  • FURNISHINGS
    • Placement for social distancing
    • Clear barriers where social distancing is not possible

Interior Elements

  • Foundation
  • Building frame and roof
  • Structural elements
    • Floors, walls, ceilings
    • Access and egress
    • Vertical transportation (escalators and elevators)
  • HVAC equipment and ductwork
  • Utilities
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
  • Safety and fire protection

Grounds and Appurtenances

  • Façades or curtainwall
  • Topography
  • Storm water drainage
  • Paving, curbing, and parking
  • Flatwork
  • Landscaping
  • Recreational facilities
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AWARE of CDC and NIH guidelines

The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.

Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.

Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.

An OPTIMIZED Assessment

Certified Sustainability Consultants on a facility assessment team can discover ways to lower energy costs. Their understanding of HVAC equipment suitability and condition along with the specifics of LED lighting retrofits can provide offsets for needed investments in upgrades and replacements.

Knowledge of water systems can bring further savings while averting water waste. It can all be part of an assessment which might otherwise overlook water fixtures and irrigation schedules.

How should a facility be ASSESSED?

A thorough facility assessment finds the issues - on the surface or below - which have a potential negative impact on the building. That brings the facility to meet building codes. Beyond that, the assessment proactively addresses the deficiencies not covered by code.

The occupants of a building benefit as the assessment reveals conditions having a potential impact on their health or safety. The assessment must not overlook those conditions, nor fail to consider the frequency and duration of occupant visits.