Buildings and Development
Sustainable development is that which utilizes environmentally responsible and resource-efficient materials and processes. Manatee County has taken great strides in implementing sustainable building initiatives and energy saving measurements and continues to spread these initiatives throughout the County.
Florida Green Building Coalition Gold Certified
Manatee County has advanced to the Florida Green Local Government gold-level designation for environmental stewardship after it successfully met the sustainability standards established in the FGBC Green Local Government Certification program.
First certified in April 2011 at the silver level, Manatee County continued to expand its strategic planning and performance management actions to earn 44.2 percent of its 362 applicable points, thus qualifying for the GOLD-level designation. Manatee County is the fifth local government to complete the upgrade process.
Build to LEED Standards
The U.S Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards are a nationally recognized set of building strategies and practices designed to save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, while promoting renewable, clean energy.
Manatee County has adopted the LEED Silver Standards as the official minimum criteria for all new buildings and renovations. These specifications include: Sustainable Site Features, Materials and Resources (recycled content and regional sources), Water and Energy Efficiency, and Indoor Environment (day lighting, views, and Indoor Air Quality).