Sarasota County Government defines sustainability as satisfying our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
We are committed to environmental, social and economic sustainability. To achieve the balance necessary for a sustainable community, this means:
Replenish the resources we use or consume;
Ensure our values guide us into the future; and
Invest in our community to ensure future prosperity.
This is a constantly evolving journey, with countless directions and possibilities. We invite you to join us on this journey, through your choices and actions and by encouraging others in the community. Together we can make a difference – today, and for future generations.
The products we buy, the cars we drive, the places we choose to live, work and play: our choices affect our environment and community. Our cumulative behavior in consuming and disposing of resources will influence our community’s future quality of life. This is true for the community and for government entities. When local governments, businesses and residents practice sustainability it enhances the economy, provides cost savings, saves taxpayer dollars, conserves resources, protects the environment, and helps make a healthier community.
Sarasota County Government leads the move to sustainability, with programs, processes and policies to achieve greater balance among environmental, economic and social impacts. Achievements our achievements:
Designated a Gold level “Green Local Government” by the Florida Green Building Coalition in 2008 and again in 2015, the highest scoring county in the state.
More than $4 million in grant funding, primarily focused on energy efficiency and sustainable economic development.
$1.5 million in Florida incentives through the Sustainable Energy Economic District (SEED) Incentive Program.
Reached 1,500 households with Energy Upgrade program, saving residents an estimated $259,000 per year.
Join us as we build a sustainable community.
Sarasota County Government offers an array of programs to help you build and maintain sustainability in your life, your business, and your activities.
Learn more about the concrete actions Sarasota County Government is taking to create a sustainable community.
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.
Official document providing policy direction for land use decisions and growth management initiatives. Updated in 2016.
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.
Florida Green Building Coalition
Sarasota County is a participant in the Green Local Government Program, meeting state-level standards for greening local government.
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.
Green Building Resolution #2005-04
Provides for Finance, plans, designs, construction, management, renovation, commission, maintenance, and deconstruction of county facilities in accordance with green building standards.
Green Housekeeping Policy
Requires use of environmentally preferable janitorial cleaning products and services.
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.
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 percent.