Gold Level Green Local Government
In 2009, the City of Palm Coast received a Silver Level Certification through the Florida Green Building Coalition, a non-profit that certifies Florida cities and counties for achievements in outstanding stewardship. During the past six years, the Palm Coast City Council has championed the creation of a sustainable framework to encourage their community to care for land, water, air and wildlife through specific Strategic Action Plan directives. In 2010, the City climbed to Gold placing Palm Coast at the forefront of Florida’s sustainable communities. The Green Team is excited to once again share that the City has been recertified as a Gold Level Green Local Government on August 28, 2015. At time of recertification, City Officials were notified that Palm Coast had the third highest score of participating local governments in the state! The majority of the activities securing this designation are tracked in the Environmental Management System document.
In September 2016, Palm Coast City Hall was awarded LEED certification at the Silver level for design and construction that demonstrates high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. To learn more about the resource-efficient features of City Hall, visit the Green City Hall tab.
Why a Rain Barrel?
Widespread use of rain barrels reduces the amount of rainwater reaching the ground in a particular area and draining into streams and storm drains, and hence reduces erosion, sedimentation and pollution, and prevents storm water drainage systems being overwhelmed. Rain barrels additionally provide free, soft water for use in watering plants which reduces the strain on municipal water systems.
Rainwater is not potable due to the potential presence of contaminants from roofing materials.
How Much Water Could We Save?
If 20,000 homes in Palm Coast harvested and reused 500 gallons of rainwater from every two inches of rainfall (average 50 inches per year), it would equate to 250,000,000 gallons of water per year that would not be pumped from Florida's aquifers and would not have to be disposed of in the City's Stormwater system.
How Many Rain Barrels Do I Need?
You can use one rain barrel as a collector from your downspout and overflow into several storage rain barrels. Most of the roof and gutter sediment will settle in the first rain barrel and provide cleaner water to your storage barrels.
Making a Rain Barrel
The Green Team
The City's Green Team aims to find new ways to reduce and reuse throughout City facilities. The Team also provides education to the public on the various ways they can make their homes and their daily routines more environmentally friendly. Some of the Green Team's successes have been the electric vehicle charging station outside of City Hall, the various solar shade structures throughout the City, and the battery recycling program. Staff is always looking for new ways to improve and educate so if you would like someone from the Team to speak or come to an event you can fill out the Outreach Form below.