To ensure Sarasota County’s sustainability, we must find ways to balance our way of life with our quality of life.
Here we’ve included links to our policies and practices that other government entities might find helpful.
Solar PV Support Resolution #2015-116 Support of solar photovoltaic energy generation efforts. Solar lowers energy costs, creates local jobs, reduces dependence on imported fuels and is pollution-free electricity generation.
2030 Challenge Resolution #2006-157
Directs that county buildings be designed for reduced energy use and to be carbon neutral, requiring no fossil fuel energy, by 2030.
Canopy Road Ordinance #2001-041
Designates, preserves and protects canopy roads and encourages property owners to maintain and protect these trees.
Community Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Resolution #2010-243
Commits Sarasota County to take a leadership role in reducing greenhouse gases from county operations and develop a Community Energy Action Plan for the reduction of energy use and associated emissions from the community. Sarasota County has completed its greenhouse gas emissions inventory as a part of this program.
Community Housing Fund Ordinance #2007-016
Promotes development of quality affordable housing through the Community Housing Fund Program.
Official document providing policy direction for land use decisions and growth management initiatives.
Environmentally Preferable Procurement Ordinance #2003-084
Establishes preference for purchasing products and services that minimize harmful environmental and social impacts and emphasize long-term value.
Get Ready Tampa Bay Partnership Resolution #2011-129
Continued commitment to electrifying transportation in our region on the part of Sarasota County Government by joining Project Get Ready Tampa Bay.
Golf Course Ordinance #2003-069
Requires all new golf courses to be designed, constructed, certified and managed in accordance with Audubon International Signature Program standard or equivalent.
Green Building Resolution #2005-048
Provides for Finance, plans, designs, construction, management, renovation, commission, maintenance, and deconstruction of county facilities in accordance with green building standards.
Green Development Resolution #2006-174
Expedites processing of rezone and special exception petitions, site and development plans for projects that meet green development standards.
Green Housekeeping Policy
Requires use of environmentally preferable janitorial cleaning products and services.
Plug-In Electric Hybrid Vehicle Resolution #2005-278
Supports federal, state and local policies that advance the market for flexible-fuel Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles.
Sustainability Resolution #02-119
Establishes and implements policies, guidelines, goals and strategic actions to promote sustainability.
Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance #2001-081
Requires all new landscaping to employ efficient irrigation and site adaptive plants including micro-irrigation systems and limiting irrigated sod to no more than 50%.