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114,000 Opportunities to go Green

What has 114,000, more than $1 Billion in annual commodity purchases and uses over 16 Million square feet of office space?

This is the potential for effect of the state government of Florida in impacting climate change and "leading by example," a phrase used recently by Governor Crist in announcing his commitment to energy savings at many levels within State government.

The Executive Orders, signed by Gov. Crist, initiate plans that are beginning to come on line that will reduce greenhouse gases, increase energy efficiency, pursue more renewable and alternative energy sources and ensure that all state agencies "lead by example."

For example, new state buildings will be built to meet LEED construction standards, aiming for the platinum level of (highest possible) certification. There are three buildings planned for the Department of Revenue that are in the design phase that will meet this standard. New features will include not only an individually adjustable air distribution system, but one of my very favorite solutions for Florida, permeable parking lots that will allow groundwater to run through to the ground, rather than washing water and pollutants on top of the pavement into the storm drains.


The latest I've seen is that the Revenue buildings are only shooting for Silver level certification


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