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About Clearwater Greenprint

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Clearwater Greenprint is a community sustainability plan that identifies a series of tangible actions across eight topic areas that have the potential to reduce energy consumption, pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while stimulating the local economy and improving the quality of life. It is sponsored by the City of Clearwater, with grant funding from the US Department of Energy. The planning process is being guided by a city-appointed Stakeholder Steering Committee representing local residents, businesses, and civic groups. Technical support is provided by staff from the City's Planning and Development Department and the consultant team of Renaissance Planning Group and ECO2Asset Solutions.

The end result of the project is a vision and strategic plan - similar to a blueprint - to help all members of the Clearwater community work together to balance economic prosperity with environmental stewardship. The overall goal is to ensure that Clearwater is a vibrant community for everyone who lives here now and for the generations to come.

The Greenprint includes measurable, achievable strategies that local residents can incorporate into their daily lives to help accomplish major goals such as (but not limited to) the following: lessening the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere; making buildings and transportation systems more energy-efficient; expanding mobility choices beyond the automobile; maintaining a healthy local economy; creating "green" jobs; reducing the amount of waste that is generated by area residents and businesses; and encouraging shoppers and restaurants to buy locally grown foods.

The City is committed to the pursuit of sustainable and environmentally conscious policies and programs. For example, the Engineering Department's Environmental section - in partnership with a graduate-level class at the University of South Florida - completed a project on Enhancing Urban Sustainability in Clearwater in 2007 to identify ways the government and community can become more sustainable. More information about the study results is available in a report, summary presentation and news release.

The City also completed a Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Government Operations in 2008. The community-wide Greenprint initiative allowed the City to take that inventory one step further by expanding the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and analysis to include the entire city, not just City governmental operations. The Greenprint process will help Clearwater residents to come together to explore new ideas and take advantage of new kinds of decision-making tools that can help us prepare for a more livable and sustainable future.

Some of the Greenprint strategies will result in policy changes to the City's Comprehensive Plan and Community Development Code. Other strategies will involve coordination with a variety of local and regional agencies responsible for transportation investments, economic development initiatives, and environmental conservation programs. Still others will support statewide policies and programs to increase energy efficiency and conservation and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and develop more sustainable transportation systems.

But government programs and policies are just one element of the sustainability framework. A sustainable city is a product of the entire community, working together internally, and coordinating its efforts with neighboring municipalities, regions, and the world at large. Therefore, the Clearwater Greenprint will focus on providing choices and strategies that everyone can help to carry out - local government departments and employees, residents, business owners, and even visitors. It is a plan for everyone in the Clearwater community to shape, adopt, and carry out together.

United States Department of Energy logo The Clearwater Greenprint is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.   Think Green logo

What's New

Draft of Clearwater Greenprint Available to Download

Steps to Sustainable Living

Greenprint Upcoming Events

None scheduled at this time.

City Council Information

Presentation and Background Materials from 11/29/10 City Council Worksession

Resolution 11-5 and Supporting Items from 12/14/12 Public Hearing