ST. PETERSBURG, FL – This week, the city’s first-ever Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP) was reviewed and adopted by City Council.
“This is a momentous day for St. Pete. I am most appreciative of council’s support, the hard work of my city team, and the commitment of our residents,” said Mayor Rick Kriseman. “In just a few short years we have gone from falling way behind to leading the way. American cities can now look to us as a shining example of how local government can contribute meaningful solutions to a global crisis.”
Adoption of the comprehensive ISAP is a tremendous milestone that will build on current programs and will provide guidance for new initiatives like greening the city’s fleet. Community and business outreach will continue to develop the detailed steps and work needed to accomplish many initiatives and trending toward the ambitious targets for success.
“St. Pete’s commitment to sustainability and resiliency is no longer just talk,” said Council Member Darden Rice. “City Council’s approval of the first-ever ISAP solidifies that commitment and now it is time to put the plan into motion. I believe that the ISAP reflects who we are as a city, not only in the way that we care for the environment but the audacious nature of our goals and our readiness to lead. The ISAP will guide the City as it addresses the challenges of climate change head-on and in ways that will reap positive benefits across the board. These benefits will improve the health, livelihoods, and quality of life of St. Pete’s residents.”
Next steps following adoption include leveraging the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) accelerator program for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the building and transportation sectors. Other early actions include the development of environmental and green infrastructure and addressing climate change and resiliency on a regional level as part of the recently formed Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition.
For continued successful implementation, the City departments and the community will continue to collaborate on prioritizing initiatives and resources as part of the planning and budgeting process.
Residents and community members are encouraged to review the plan, as execution of the plan priorities will soon be underway. To learn more about St. Pete’s ISAP and how it will be used, visit stpete.org/ISAP.