St. Petersburg Green Efforts: Successes and Failures

St. Petersburg Green Efforts: Successes and Failures

Supply Shield, Inc. is big on taking care of our world. The environment, especially our local environment, can have a large impact on the overall happiness of a town or city. St. Petersburg has taken large steps towards improving the efficiency of how our city runs. We have the distinction of being the first green city in Florida. St. Petersburg was designated as the first city in the state to become a “Green City” by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). St. Petersburg was awarded the distinction for its renowned environmental initiatives, some of which include: one of the country’s largest reclaimed water systems; recycling program and a successful yard waste-to-mulch program; preservation of environmentally sensitive land and habitat restorations; an extensive parks system; more than 50 miles of bicycle trails; water conservation education; programs to protect surface waters; tree planting programs; environmental education at such places as the, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Sunken Gardens and Weedon Island; and more. And, there are plenty of small groups out there who make a difference. However, it feels like we still have a ways to go, and it won’t be until we come together as a community, with government involvement, that things will really start to change. I’ve talked here before about what San Francisco has done, and the amazing improvements they have made in how they handle waste. Let’s look at a couple things that St. Pete has done recently. Success North Shore Aquatic Complex The Tampa Bay Times reports, The new Defender filter will virtually eliminate the large amount of backwash water associated with sand filters. The upgrade is...