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The City of South Daytona recently turned "green" into gold. The community of 13,000 residents earned the designation as a Green Local Government at the Gold Level from the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).

South Daytona is the first city in Northeast Florida to be certified Gold under this program and one of only 13 entities in Florida to receive the Green Government certification.

A FGBC representative presented the designation at the Sept. 8, 2009 City Council meeting.

Mayor Blaine O'Neal said the award demonstrates the city's strong commitment to green initiatives that protect the health, economic viability and growth of the community.

"We are taking a leadership role in creating standards and incentives for a sustainable future," O'Neal said. "The City will also be operating more efficiently, thereby saving tax payers money."

FGBC is a non-profit agency which examines a city's performance and planning in the areas of energy, water, air, land and waste. The Florida League of Cities and the Florida League of Mayors support the program as part of the Mayor's Green City Action Accord adopted in 2007.

The Green Local Government distinction is earned for outstanding environmental stewardship and Gold is the highest level of certification, said Suzanne Cook, FGBC executive director.

"This is important to the quality of life in the community," Cook said. "It's a more sustainable community."

The City utilized the services of A World of Green LLC, a Palm Coast consulting firm, to expedite the process.

Among the programs that helped the City earn the award were its energy conservation methods, use of hybrid vehicles, a comprehensive recycling program and best management practices used for landscaping and irrigation. In July, South Daytona passed an ordinance that provides incentives to promote environmentally-friendly development.

City of South Daytona "Green" Mission Statement South Daytona

SECTION 1. The City of South Daytona adopts a mission statement proclaiming that the City is committed to ensure a thriving, caring, attractive and safe place to enjoy life through conservation of its natural resources and shall include same into the Comprehensive Plan.
SECTION 2. That shall be the policy of the City of South Daytona to finance, plan, design, construct, manage, and maintain its facilities and buildings to be sustainable. It is the City'S intent that all buildings constructed meet criteria standards of USGBC, LEED, Florida Green Building Coalition Green Building certification, or any comparable performance criterion.

SECTION 3. That the City of South Daytona will consider and review mandatory green development standards and encourage voluntary green building through innovative "Green" programs to include, but not limited to incentive-based programs.

SECTION 4. That this Resolution shall become effective immediately upon its adoption.

Green Local Government:
The FGBC Green Local Government Standard designates Green Cities and Green Counties for outstanding environmental stewardship. It is expected that certified green city and county governments will not only gain recognition and publicity, but also function in a more efficient manner through better internal communication, cost reductions, and effective risk and asset management. FGBC is actively working towards the availability of incentives that are based on compliance with this standard. (From the Florida Green Building Coalition website: )

Green Building:
Green Building is on the rise in the US. More builders are recognizing the financial, health, environmental and community benefits of green building. The City of South Daytona encourages builders and developers to build green in accordance with USGBC or FGBC certification guidelines.

The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health, and productivity.

In the United States alone, buildings account for:
  • 72% of electricity consumption
  • 39% of energy use
  • 38% of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions,
  • 40% of raw materials use
  • 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
  • 14% of potable water consumption

There is a common misconception that building green is expensive. Builders, homeowners and developers are finding that building green increases the value of the property and green homes can be built for the same cost as a tradition home. For commercial businesses the return on investment can be as little as one year.

For additional information go to the USGBC website: or the Florida Green Building Coalition's website:

Green Development:
Why develop green? Green development is a land use planning concept that includes consideration of community-wide or regional environmental implications of development, as well as site-specific green building concepts. This includes city planning, environmental planning, architecture, and community building.

The City takes great pride in its efforts to preserve tree canopies and our natural environment for the enjoyment of all our visitors and residents. We will encourage Green Development to increase green space within developments.

City Programs
Green Transportation
You can deposit your used motor oil at the recycling igloo, open 24 hours a day at 1770 Segrave Street.
Please DO NOT put gasoline, cleaning fluids, solvents, chemicals, etc. in the oil igloo.
Hazardous Waste Collection
City of South Daytona encourage citizens to recycle. Curbside recycling is available to all residents. Click here for more information.
Ink cartridges: Staples (for $3 credit)
Used oil: At Public Works Department
Paint Exchange
Residents can trade used paint for new colors at the Paint Exchange, a service provided by Volusia County's Recycling and Solid Waste Division. Please call the Tomoka Landfill at (386) 947-2952 to make arrangements. Partial Paint, insecticides, other chemical sprays can be dropped off at Tomoka Landfill for their "leave some, take some" program.
Business and Multi family Recycling:
Recycle at your business.
To meet the state's 30 percent goal, the Volusia County Council passed a mandatory commercial recycling ordinance in December, 1993. This ordinance requires all businesses and multi-family complexes in Volusia County to recycle. Businesses and multifamily complexes may contract for recycling services or haul materials to a recycling center themselves. For more information please contact.
Business Waste Reduction
"Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) helps the federal government "buy green," and in doing so, uses the federal government's enormous buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. Geared first to help federal purchasers, this site can help green vendors, businesses large and small -- and consumers. Use the easy index to:
Find and evaluate information about green products and services;
Identify federal green buying requirements;
Calculate the costs and benefits of purchasing choices;
Manage green purchasing processes.
Businesses in South Daytona can reduce their contribution to the landfill AND save money on disposal costs by implementing a waste reduction strategy for their business. Here's a link for more information from the State of Florida.
Catalog Choice: Free service that allows you to reduce the number of repeat and unwanted catalog mailings to your mailbox. Free to consumers and
Two-thirds of all homes have leaky ducts that go undetected. These leaks can cause your energy bill to go up and affect the comfort and air quality inside your home. Click here for more information.
Water Conservation:
Efficient water use can have major environmental, public health, and economic benefits by helping to improve water quality, maintain aquatic ecosystems, and protect drinking water resources. Efficient use of water, through behavioral, operational, or equipment changes, if practiced broadly can help mitigate the effects of drought.
City of South Daytona Clean Water Program
For more water saving tips:
Green Landscaping/Water Conservation:
Landscaping the Florida-Friendly way means using low maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. Learn how you can have a beautiful landscape that could save you time, energy and money while protecting our future. Find out more from your county's FYN program or from this website and the companion website of the FDEP Springs Initiative.

Free Mulch to Residents of Volusia County:
The Volusia County Recycling and Solid Waste Division recycles yard waste, land clearing debris and clean wood into reusable mulch products at the Tomoka Landfill and West Volusia Transfer Station. The mulch is available to residents year-round. To check availability, please call (386) 943-4905.

Benefits of Recycling:
From EPA website:
Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Collecting used bottles, cans, and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection facility is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. Some of these benefits accrue locally as well as globally.
  • Recycling protects and expands U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness.
  • Recycling reduces the need for landfilling and incineration.
  • Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
  • Recycling saves energy.
  • Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
  • Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
  • Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.
Help protect our oceans. Reducing the use of plastic in our lives is an important to reducing our environmental impact. Plastic has had a devastating effect on our oceans, sea bird population, and ocean life. For information on plastic that ends up in the Garbage Great Patch, please visit file://

Organic gardening:
The "Organic Gardening" website provides information on "creating and maintaining a healthy, natural garden that is free of harmful chemicals.

This guide to organic gardening will help you to plan, start and maintain your organic garden. Organic gardening focuses on the health and feeding of the soil, not the plant. By growing and alternating a wide variety of plants, the organic gardener can create a mini "eco-system" that will maintain a healthy balance." For more information and helpful hints please go to: file://

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