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Sustainability and Built Environment

How the built environment interacts with and shapes our land, air and water directly affects the health of our residents and the quality of life in our communities. Components of a sustainably built environment include energy conservation, structural stability, architectural and civil engineering aesthetics, urban design and property operation and maintenance. Build codes, design standards, planned developments and educated owners, builders and inspectors are necessary for keeping the character of our built environment safe, healthy and thriving for future generations of Orange County.

Solar Tree Installation at the Orange County Convention Center
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Our Target Measurements
Built Environment Indicators Baseline 1st Report 2nd Report Current Target 2020
Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of community building stock (kWh/sq.ft.) 2010
12.45
2013
16.25
2014
17.35
2015
17.91
25% reduction
Renewable Energy Capacity (MW) 2010
Commercial = 1.20 
Residential = 0.27 (OUC data only)
2015
Commercial = 2.05 
Residential = 0.69
(OUC data only)
2016
Commercial = 2.10
Residential = 1.54
(OUC data only)
2017
Commercial = 2.15 
Residential = 3.06
(OUC data only)
*as of 9/30/17
10% increase
Renewable Energy Capacity in Orange County buildings (MW) 2011
1.056
2015
1.115
2016
1.126
2017
1.126
20% increase
Water Use Per Capita (gal/day/capita) 2010
176.1
2014
169.5
2015
182.7

*new data source being established
25% reduction
Community Gardens in neighborhoods 2011
26
2015
23
2016
23
2017
23
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Want to get involved?

Our built environment includes many different elements of building design, efficiency, aesthetics and stability along with land use and planning, affordable housing and local food production. Bringing together so many aspects within our communities will help us ensure a safe, connected and thriving place for all residents.

Ready for Solar?
Solar panels on a roof

Orange County recently sponsored a solar co-op for residents interested in using solar energy for their homes. The main goal of the co-op was connecting homeowners and solar installers to make the process easy to understand and affordable. Members can save as much as 20% of the cost of a solar system. Join the Florida solar conversation and see if you are Ready for Solar too!

Green your Neighborhood!
Close up of plants growing in soil

Having a community garden is a great way to forge relationships in your neighborhood, reduce crime, raise property values, promote stewardship and encourage healthy eating. Start a garden in your community by seeking the guidance of the many Master Gardeners at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Orange County.

Ed Thralls (407)254-9200

 

Tour The Ecomap
Several maps are on display on easels

Being ‘green’ in Orange County is easy and fun. EcoMap can help you find electric car charging stations, ‘green’ dining restaurants, ‘green’ lodging hotels, local harvest farms and Green PLACE properties.

Utilize our Parks and Recreation Centers!
Children playing basketball

There are many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and get exercise in Orange County. Visit one of the many Orange County Parks and Recreation Centers. You’ll find trails, activities and teams for all ages.