Friday, August 7, 2009

Florida League Of Cities

This coming week I will be heading down as an elected official to the annual Florida League of Cities in Orlando Florida.

One of the great parts of this event is the vendor room, where hundreds of vendors show off their talents and products. One of the big items that will draw a lot of attention this year will have to do with the green initiative. Florida went green a couple years ago when Governor Charlie Crist took office. With all of the green initiatives and green resolutions that were signed in the last couple of years, I am sure the vendors will be pushing their products having to do with conservation, solar, and the environment.

At last year Florida league of cities convention we saw the several vendors having great displays with energy saving products. I am sure with all the talk about green this past year we will probably see even greater displays of green products.

One of the big organizations in Florida for the green movement is the Florida Green Building Coalition. The FGBC Green Home Standards indicate the criteria by which a Florida home, new or existing, can be designated green. Certifying Agents can guide designers, builders or homebuyers through the process of qualifying and documenting green homes.

The FGBC Green Local Government Standard designates Green Cities and Green Counties for outstanding environmental stewardship. It is expected that certified green city and county governments will not only gain recognition and publicity, but also function in a more efficient manner through better internal communication, cost reductions, and effective risk and asset management. FGBC is actively working towards the availability of incentives that are based on compliance with this standard.

Hopefully I will be able to come back from this conference with valuable information that I can share on this blog and also my other blog;

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