Environment & Sustainability
The City of Pensacola values our environment, and we are continuing to implement initiatives to further our goal of becoming a more sustainable city.
Goals and Initiatives
- The city has received national recognition by obtaining a Gold designation from SolSmart. Pensacola is the first city on the Gulf Coast to receive the Gold designation.
- The city has set a 30% Renewable Energy by 2030 goal and is currently consuming 6% renewable energy, with an additional 15.5% in development. By the year's end, we should be consuming ~22% renewable energy, which is over two-thirds of the way toward our goal.
- These increases will come from a Renewable Natural Gas partnership and the city's first rooftop solar project.
- The city is conducting an updated Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Pensacola through the State Resiliency grant program.
- Furthermore, we have received over $3 million in grant funding to construct resiliency improvements based on the city's first Vulnerability Assessment.
Baseline Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory
- In 2021, the city conducted a Baseline GHG inventory for city operations. We are planning to conduct an update and a community-wide inventory in 2024.
- The city has completed a comprehensive tree inventory on city-owned property and a city-wide canopy assessment. These tools are being used to produce the city's first comprehensive tree-planting plan for city-owned properties.
- The city was awarded $376K from the EPA to conduct Phase 1 & 2 site assessments on properties throughout the city. This will help underutilized properties get redeveloped.
- The city is working in many ways to improve water quality, from the development and construction of the water quality projects along Bayou Texar and Pensacola Bay to the many stormwater improvements we are conducting throughout the city.