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PCHA recognized by FAHRO for implementing green intitatives

June 17, 2010

In June 2009 the Pinellas County Housing Authority’s (PCHA) Board of Commissioners had a vision of the agency becoming more environmentally conscious.  The Board established “Implementing Green Initiatives” as one of five major strategic goals over the next five years.  One year later the PCHA has been certified a Green Business Partner by the Pinellas County and has been recognized locally and nationally its green initiatives and efficiencies.

As part of this strategic effort, PCHA continues to reinforce its commitment to effective stewardship of the earth’s natural resources, identifying opportunities to adopt more sustainable practices in the day-to-day operation of our agency, programs and properties. 

At the June 16, 2010 meeting of PCHA’s Board of Commissioners, Mary Campbell, Extension Director and Urban Sustainability Agent of Pinellas County Extension, presented the Commission with the Green Business Partnership certificate.  She explained to the Board about the process of becoming a green business partner and its inclusion of a comprehensive where they assess waste and energy reduction and overall business practices. She congratulated the Housing Authority for becoming a green business partner and being a leader in the county. 

According to Pinellas County Extension’s website, the Green Business Partnership (GBP) is a voluntary assessment that recognizes businesses, business organizations and local governments for their environmental stewardship and sustainable practices. Offered through the University of Florida/IFAS Pinellas County Extension, it encourages conservation of resources, waste reduction, energy conservation and cost savings. 

A collaborative effort of businesses, business organizations and county government, Pinellas County Extension provides advice and guidance through an assessment process. Becoming a GBP requires meeting a series of requirements and commitments, while enjoying environmental and business benefits such as: cost savings, healthy work environment, increased productivity and product rebates.

PCHA is one of the first businesses in the county to be recognized as part of this cutting-edge program and continues to be a community leader by demonstrating a commitment to a sustainable future. “Receipt of this designation is the culmination of a dedicated effort by staff over the past 12 months to meet the goals set by our very progressive and committed Board.” said Debbie Johnson, Executive Director.

A “Green Procurement Policy” was adopted by the Board of Commissioners during the May 26, 2010 meeting of the Board of Commissioners.  Through the implementation of this new policy we will support our environmental commitment through the purchase of products and services that will minimize any negative environmental impacts of our work. 

PCHA became a member of the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) in May and we look forward to participating in FGBC activities.  The FGBC continues to lead efforts to promote green building and sustainable development in Florida.