The Village of Palmetto Bay recently received the Green Achievement Award, which recognized the highest-scoring local government in the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) program during the 2023 program year. The award was presented at the Annual Green Building Certification Achievement Awards Ceremony.

The program scores participants in categories such as energy efficiency, energy management, environmental protection, water and economic development.

The Village has actively participated with the FGBC since 2018 and achieved a bronze certification that year. In December 2023, the Village raised its ranking to a silver certification.

“This award affirms that we’re achieving our objective of maintaining the safety and security of our residents as a top priority,” said Village Manager Nick Marano. “The Village’s commitment to sustainability is included in our Vision Statement, so this remains one of the goals we work toward on a daily basis. This honor from the Florida Green Building Coalition is also a direct reflection of the talent and dedication of our staff, especially Resiliency Coordinator Andrea Candelaria. She’s made an impact that directly affects residents in terms of insurance premiums and other tangible benefits due to her hard work and her foresight.”

FGBC President Kyle Abney congratulated the “exemplary leadership” of the Village Council and Marano, along with the outstanding efforts of Candelaria and Heidi Siegel, Community and Economic Development Director.

The FGBC, a nonprofit entity formed in 2000, is the leading certifying agency for environmentally responsible and resource-efficient building in Florida.