Both the Pensacola City Council and students at the University of West Florida have recently set goals for renewable energy for their operations. City of Orlando director of sustainability and resilience Chris Castro will be sharing his experiences in leading the transition for their community to renewable energy by 2050. With various Florida communities looking to act on climate change, lessons from Orlando can help to inform the discussion.
What: Climate solutions from the most visited city in America: Orlando
In order to help meet its city-wide renewable energy target, Orlando requires public disclosure of energy and water efficiency in buildings and has installed rooftop solar on many critical facilities to include fire stations and neighborhood centers. The city also offers clean energy financing options for homes and businesses, and supports community solar farms and local solar cooperatives. As for transportation, Orlando features bike-share and ride-share programs, a network of electric vehicle charging stations, commuter rail service and a fare-free bus rapid transit system called the Lymmo.
More about Chris: Chris Castro works as a senior advisor to Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer and is the city’s director of sustainability and resilience. His work ranges from clean energy and sustainability to local food and more. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, Chris has spoken at more than 150 conferences and events, including the United Nations Summits, Vatican Youth Symposium, Smart Cities Connect, NASA Innovation Expo, Sustainatopia, TEDx Orlando, and more.
An event page with more information is available on the Healthy Gulf Facebook page here.
Healthy Gulf is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico and the people and communities along its shores. For more information or questions please contact Florida – Alabama Coastal Organizer Christian Wagley: firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 687-9968.