TARPON SPRINGS – Thanks to a strong effort by the Tarpon Springs Police Department, the Florida Green Building Coalition recently awarded the city with a five-year recertification as a green government.
At the Oct. 1 city commission meeting, FGBC representative Suzanne Cook presented Mayor David Archie with a flag to symbolize Tarpon Springs’ recertification and commended Capt. Jeff Young for leading the police department in undertaking the process.
The city was first certified in October 2008 as the first municipality application organized from an office of public safety. The police department uses lead-free, nontoxic ammunition at its firing range and officers are required to clean the range and recycle bullet residue and spent casings after each use. Tarpon Springs also adopted the green cleaning and maintenance procedures recommended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in all government buildings.
In 2007, Tarpon Springs received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Wastewater Plant Operations Excellence Award.
This year, Tarpon Springs passed 34 percent of the criteria for the recertification, including free or discounted green products to the public, providing incentives for green land development and involving students in green programs outside of school. The certification lasts from 2014 to 2019.
“One of the goals was for the city to lead by example for the private sector to apply to the same principles,” Cook said. “The city is definitely protecting your natural environment here.”