As of May 2017, the City of Satellite has adopted and begun implementation of its new Sustainability Action Plan.
The City of Satellite Beach wishes to lead by example and be a standard for other coastal municipalities across Florida. In 2016, a Sustainability Assessment Report (SAR) was developed to highlight areas within the City in need of most improvement and optimization. From this assessment report's findings, the City developed and drafted its Sustainability Action Plan (SAP) a year later. After an intensive review of both the SAR and SAP by City staff, members of the Sustainability Board, and citizens, twenty initiatives were soon identified. These twenty initiatives, called Green Achievement Targets (GATs), were determined to be the highest priority short-term endeavors that could be taken on by the City that could have the most lasting effects. These and other plan initiatives will be reviewed and assessed every five years by City staff, Sustainability Board members, and through public input to determine implementation success and new needs.
The City’s Sustainability Action Plan and its Green Achievement Targets address five primary categories in preparing for a more resilient and environmentally friendly municipality. These five categories, which are common amongst city management planning, were used to format the basic structure of the Sustainability Action Plan and helped to focus the scope of its Green Achievement Targets. Below, you can explore each category in more detail by clicking on each one listed to understand what each one means and why it is important to forging a viable and prosperous future amongst economic, social, and environmental capitals.
- Built Environment
- Land and Water Systems
- Energy and Transportation
- Community Outreach
- Quality of Life
Through each of these links, you will be able to access educational resources about the environment, specific City sustainability initiatives, volunteer programs to help push your own acts of stewardship, workshops, and various galleries showcasing the work already accomplished by Satellite Beach.
What follows immediately below are the twenty Green Achievement Targets, the first plan specific sustainability-based endeavors the municipality will undertake within the implementation period 2017 to 2022:
1. Convert all municipal buildings to solar power in the next two decades, while striving to make City Hall and the Public Works building run completely off solar power by 2022. [Energy and Transportation]
2. Establish a financially sustainable community garden at Desoto Park. [Community Outreach]
3. Achieve LEED-equivalent certification for at least one municipal building. [Built Environment]
4. Install at least one electric vehicle charging station at a municipal building. [Energy and Transportation]
5. Employ xeriscaping practices at all municipal building grounds. [Land and Water Systems]
6. Replace all fossil fuel-based City administrative vehicles with electric vehicles. [Energy and Transportation]
7. Plan and standardize a schedule for free public workshops that educate and explore topics such as community gardening, the Indian River Lagoon, climate change, sustainable transportation, and renewable energy. [Community Outreach]
8. Assess, identify, and prioritize City vulnerabilities to climate change threats and stressors. [Built Environment]
9. Allow for better citizen access to public transportation and ensure that one mile of City streets is designed to follow the principles of “Complete Streets”. [Quality of Life]
10. To improve ecosystem health, determine the current amount of City shoreline with mangrove coverage and convert 500 square feet of shoreline to begin to restore appropriate levels of mangrove coverage. [Land and Water Systems]
11. Pilot a compost project in conjunction with Waste Management. [Land and Water Systems]
12. All City-hosted events, departments, and buildings will phase out the use of petroleum-based plastic bags, balloons, utensils, and cups and begin using bio-based plastics that are made from plant-based materials such as soy. [Built Environment]
13. Obtain provisional status of the Dark Sky Certification. [Built Environment]
14. Convert all municipal building lighting (both interior and exterior) to more efficient and longer-lasting LED lighting. [Built Environment]
15. Partner with at least one City commercial entity to help research and build a solar installation that either partially or fully powers their business. [Energy and Transportation]
16. In collaboration with Keep Brevard Beautiful, begin to coordinate, sponsor, and perform regularly scheduled public beach and lagoon trash pickups. [Community outreach]
17. Develop an internal sustainability review for all new City buildings that help to streamline future construction and management operations, and make this service available to home and business owners as well. [Built Environment]
18. Identify locations within the Indian River Lagoon that are suitable for the development of oyster beds and implement as feasible. [Land and Water Systems]
19. Test and track synthetic fertilizer concentrations within the City’s runoff so that the City may better gauge nutrient loading into the Indian River Lagoon. [Land and Water Systems]
20. Design and implement soft infrastructure techniques to help control and filter stormwater runoff. [Land and Water Systems]
Many of these GATs are in some phase of research, development, implementation, or have already been completed. The first GAT to be completed was the Logos Community Garden at Desoto Park. It was constructed in partnership with Eagle Scout Troop 309 and the Florida Institute of Technology in the summer of 2017. The garden had its grand opening later in the Fall of the same year. Later in December of 2017, the City installed a dual electric vehicle charging station at its City Hall and acquired its first electrified vehicle (EV) for its fleet, a Chevy Volt. In 2018 the City began to transition its facilities to either be powered by or host solar systems for its day to day operations. City Hall, the Civic Center, and Pelican Beach Park now all employ solar arrays that are generating kilowatts of clean energy daily. Additionally, in 2018, an ongoing monthly series of workshops about current and future City projects and programs were established to help inform residents and to also educate the general public about environmental issues such as climate change, sea level rise, recycling, and the Indian River Lagoon. To learn more about these workshops and to view videos of previous workshops, click on this link for Sustainability Workshops and click here for dates and topics about each one.
These are just some of the many ongoing initiatives the City is undertaking in the name of resiliency, efficiency, and the protection of current and future generations. The City is proud of what has been accomplished thus far and eager to continue working to achieve greater success! As new projects and programs come about they will be posted on the City's website for public viewing.
If you would like to be part of this Sustainability Action Plan and its projects, you can volunteer and become a "Satellite Beach Sustainability Steward" with the City. As a volunteer steward you can gain community service hours for school, scholarships, learn about local government, and be involved with the City. To become a "Satellite Beach Sustainability Steward" please fill out a volunteer form here and email the form to the City's Environmental Programs Coordinator, Nicholas Sanzone, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 321-773-4407 (ex. 227).
To keep up with the latest initiatives it is highly recommended that one attends City Sustainability Board meetings, which take place the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, located at 565 Cassia Boulevard in Satellite Beach. Public input and comments are always welcomed!
Also follow the City's Sustainability Board on Facebook to keep up with the latest in environmental news, events, and more!