Office of Sustainability & Resiliency
The Office of Sustainability & Resilience seeks to reduce our community's carbon footprint, promote the conservation and efficient use of resources, and implement resilience measures to ensure a vibrant future for the City of Palm Coast.
To meet our community’s sustainability goals, this office promotes initiatives that increase the quality of life for both the community and the environment. Our focus areas highlighted below.
What is sustainability & resiliency?
Sustainability takes a triple-bottom-line approach focusing on people, planet, and prosperity. Sustainability is a systems strategy for City planning and efforts that incorporates these three focus areas into operations to best ensure the long-term economic viability of our region while protecting Palm Coast's beautiful natural resources. Resiliency measures complement sustainability, and both often go together. Resiliency efforts focus on a community's ability to withstand and bounce back from challenges such as flooding, sea-level rise, wildfires, extreme heat impacts, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Think of resiliency like a rubber-band, even though a rubber band is stretched (extreme storms, etc.) it is able to come back to its original form. Resiliency prepares our community for climatic changes, while sustainability ensures our long-term growth and viability.
As climate change creates stronger tropical storms, heavier and longer rainfalls, unprecedented flooding, higher sea levels, and more extreme heat days, the City of Palm Coast is committed to proactively preparing our community for these risks. As the importance of integrating climate risks into City planning and operations increases, the City takes a lead-by-example approach and is dedicated to conserving our natural resources and ensuring a bright future for our coming generations through actions such as constructing energy-efficient buildings, advancing renewable energy assets, increasing alternative fuels and mobility options, conservation, resiliency efforts, and much more. Our actions matter and by adopting sustainable practices, we can reduce our consumption and carbon emissions, which can help moderate the global impacts of environmental changes.
Energy Efficiency & Renewables
The City of Palm Coast is committed to ensuring tax-dollar savings on our energy bills through energy efficiency optimization and increasing the City's renewable energy generation. All new capital improvement projects are slighted to obtain LEED certification, bringing seven buildings certified in a relatively short time frame. LEED certification is a rigorous process to ensure City facilities reduce carbon footprints and create an enjoyable environment for our residents and City employees.
Want to save money on energy bills?
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is Congress's most significant action on clean energy and climate change in the nation's history. Through the IRA, homeowners will see substantial tax rebates and incentives to optimize energy efficiency and save money. See what rebates/incentives your home qualifies for here.
Resilient Palm Coast
Resilient Palm Coast is a City of Palm Coast initiative committed to building a community that can withstand negative impacts and recovers quickly from difficulties, such as natural disasters. As a coastal community, Palm Coast is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Resiliency efforts have many actions, including planning initiatives that best equip Palm Coast to withstand extreme weather and climatic impacts, infrastructure modifications, and more.
Resiliency is a critical component for Palm Coast, particularly in protecting its natural resources and ensuring a high quality of life for its residents. By prioritizing resiliency, Palm Coast can safeguard its natural assets, maintain its desirability as a place to live and work, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the community.
The City of Palm Coast has exceptional parks, trails, and green spaces to explore throughout the City that not only provide recreational opportunities but access to clean air and water, shade, and increased mental health benefits. So often, we think of natural resources or nature as only existing in parks or outside of city limits, but this is far from true. Your backyard, apartment complex, office building, school, and community centers are essential in land conservation and ensuring our natural wildlife has a food source from the plants we use in our lawns.
The availability of outdoor spaces brings our community closer to nature and enhances Palm Coast's natural environment for people and native wildlife through educational programming, habitat restoration, outreach, and strategic planning.
Trek it out with the City of Palm Coast! Learn more about all the beautiful landscapes the City offers here.
Water Conservation & Quality
Water resources are finite, and conservation efforts become increasingly important as they become scarcer. By conserving water, we save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and protect the vulnerable habitats of thousands of species. Treating and distributing water to each household takes significant energy and infrastructure, so every drop saved makes a difference. Palm Coast is committed to promoting water conservation efforts and building a sustainable future for our community. Information on ways to conserve water can found by clicking here.