Learn about the efforts Palm Coast is doing to encourage green buildings
Gold Level Green Local Government
In 2009, the City of Palm Coast received a Silver Level Certification through the Florida Green Building Coalition, a non-profit that certifies Florida cities and counties for achievements in outstanding stewardship. During the past six years, the Palm Coast City Council has championed the creation of a sustainable framework to encourage their community to care for land, water, air and wildlife through specific Strategic Action Plan directives. In 2010, the City climbed to Gold placing Palm Coast at the forefront of Florida’s sustainable communities. The Green Team is excited to once again share that the City has been recertified as a Gold Level Green Local Government on August 28, 2015. At time of recertification, City Officials were notified that Palm Coast had the third highest score of participating local governments in the state! The majority of the activities securing this designation are tracked in the Environmental Management System document.
In September 2016, Palm Coast City Hall was awarded LEED certification at the Silver level for design and construction that demonstrates high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. To learn more about the resource-efficient features of City Hall, visit the Green City Hall in the menu tab.
Green City Hall
The City is incredibly proud that Palm Coast City Hall, which opened in October 2015, was awarded LEED certification at the Silver level for design and construction that demonstrates high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Palm Coast's is the fifth City Hall in Florida to be LEED-certified.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
Drought tolerant landscaping, including a rain garden, served by a high efficiency irrigation system using City reclaimed water.
Conveniently located reserved parking for carpooling groups and low‐emission/fuel‐efficient vehicle users.
Energy efficient building and site lighting, overall at least 20% more efficient than required by code.
The Adopt-A-Park, Trail, Shoreline, and Road programs are sustained by the powerful efforts members of our community make.
By adopting a Park, Trail Shoreline, and/or Road, in your name, you can make a positive impact on the places that mean the most to you, and take part in being rooted to nature. Local groups, private citizens and supervised youth organizations are invited to show their exemplary abilities to help our community through litter cleanup and other minimal maintenance. Help keep Palm Coast a beautiful place for all to live.
For any questions or correspondence about Park, Trail, Shoreline and Road adoptions contact the City Landscape Architect.
For any questions or correspondence regarding adoptions of a City Median in one of the City's lettered sections, to contact City Urban Forester Carol Mini.
For any private/residential tree concerns or to report parking on a median please contact Code Enforcement.
Why a Rain Barrel?
Widespread use of rain barrels reduces the amount of rainwater reaching the ground in a particular area and draining into streams and storm drains, and hence reduces erosion, sedimentation and pollution, and prevents storm water drainage systems being overwhelmed. Rain barrels additionally provide free, soft water for use in watering plants which reduces the strain on municipal water systems.
Rainwater is not potable due to the potential presence of contaminants from roofing materials.
How Much Water Could We Save?
If 20,000 homes in Palm Coast harvested and reused 500 gallons of rainwater from every two inches of rainfall (average 50 inches per year), it would equate to 250,000,000 gallons of water per year that would not be pumped from Florida's aquifers and would not have to be disposed of in the City's Stormwater system.
How Many Rain Barrels Do I Need?
You can use one rain barrel as a collector from your downspout and overflow into several storage rain barrels. Most of the roof and gutter sediment will settle in the first rain barrel and provide cleaner water to your storage barrels.
A well maintained home or business landscape is a positive attribute for any City and should be encouraged. The City's Beautification and Environmental Advisory Board oversees a program, which recognizes citizens' efforts to beautify their homes, businesses, and governmental buildings. At the Board's monthly meetings, properties may be nominated for the following four categories:
- Beautification Award (for landscaping)
- Go Green Award (for implementation of green development practices)
- We Noticed Your Beautification Efforts (for smaller scale improvements)
- Structural Beautification Award (for architectural improvements to building façade and structures)
There will be three categories for each award, residential, commercial, and non-profit/governmental.