Orlando Refines and Expands Its Green Works Community Action Plan

The Green Works Orlando initiative, launched in 2007 by Mayor Buddy Dyer, has already saved over $1 million in annual energy costs.[1] The initiative also expanded free downtown bus service, completed a commuter rail project, launched bike-sharing, and converted hundreds of vehicle from strictly-petroleum to hybrid, natural gas, or electric.

Another key Green Works achievement was the publication of a Community Action Plan in 2013[2]. Five years later, Mayor Dyer appointed a task force to refine its strategies toward 2040 goals. I was pleased to be part of that team, to participate in the planning, and to gain perspective on many Smart City innovations ahead for the City Beautiful.

The 2018 Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan brings greater social equity, climate resiliency, and smart technology to strengthen a framework for advanced sustainability. The plan’s strategies now align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

To broaden the exchange of ideas initiated in task force meetings and public workshops, 136 city residents participated in focus area roundtables, and over 1800 people provided input through online surveys.

The 2018 plan specifies several focus areas that expand and clarify earlier Energy and Green Building concepts:

  • Clean Energy
  • Green Buildings
  • Local Food
  • Livability
  • Solid Waste
  • Transportation
  • Water

Would you like to learn what’s ahead in our city’s plans for 2040? The 2018 Green Works Community Action Plan is available for download![3]

[1] CityOfOrlando.net
[2] 2013 Community Action Plan
[3] Download from the beta website

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Alexa Stone
LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of 3 and has grown the company to over a dozen of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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