Sustainability and Resiliency Initiatives

With nearly 600 miles of coastline, pristine ecosystems and some of the nation’s top beaches, Pinellas County is a popular place to live, work, play and visit. Unfortunately, many of the same factors that make the county such a beautiful home and destination also put us at a greater risk when it comes to climate change, sea-level rise, storm surge, and man-made and natural disasters.

Pinellas County is reducing our vulnerability to these threats through both community services and internal governmental practices. With limited unused land available and a quickly growing population, we aim to make the most of our resources and implement long-term solutions to address economic, environmental and social challenges (such as housing, jobs and transportation).

Recent Accomplishments:

  • Founding member of the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition
  • Passed an administrative directive to integrate resiliency into future capital improvement projects
  • Adopted a resolution to transition County government operations to 100% clean energy by 2040 
  • Achieved a Class 5 designation in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating, resulting in more than $5.5 million in annual flood insurance savings for residents  
  • Built two LEED-certified buildings, with plans for five more  
  • Installed eight publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations  
  • Received a Gold designation through the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Green Local Government Standard, recognizing the County for outstanding environmental stewardship  
  • Attained a 3-star rating with Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating (STAR) Community Rating System  
  • Hired the County’s first Sustainability & Resiliency Coordinator to build a comprehensive new program  
  • Received Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Community Preparedness and Resiliency Award for the Pinellas County Sea Level Rise Capital Planning Tool  
  • Achieved an ENVISION rating of Bronze for infrastructure projects in the McKay Creek Watershed

Current and Future Initiatives:

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  • Completing and implementing the County’s first Sustainability and Resiliency Action Plan 
  • Development and adoption of the new Comprehensive Plan  
  • Conducting a new Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory  
  • Aligning goals and leveraging resources through the newly established Pinellas Sustainability and Resilience Network  
  • Developing an Energy & Water Conservation Program to establish a framework for achieving County operational departments’ energy and water consumption reduction goals 
  • Supporting the development of a Regional Resilience Action Plan through the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition  
  • Ongoing mitigation efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic through the CARES Program and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program  
  • Evaluating green vehicle options for our fleet of County vehicles  
  • Implementing and integrating the results of the critical infrastructure vulnerability assessment into departmental processes and programs
  • Entering the Duke Energy Florida’s Clean Energy Connection Program, which will offset 40% of the County’s energy consumption through solar power generation
Sustainability and Resiliency Report by Pinellas County; Hank Hodde, Sustainability & Resiliency; Pinellas County

Learn more about Pinellas County’s projects related to sustainability and resiliency: