Downtown Jacksonville boasts one of the most beautiful Downtowns in the country, situated in a coastal climate on one of the largest rivers in the United States, the St. Johns River. Downtown Vision, Inc. and its stakeholders work to help transform Downtown into one of the most sustainable, green neighborhoods of the city.
Downtown Green Collaborative
Summer 2010, Downtown Vision, Inc. formed a Downtown Green Collaborative
(DGC) to make Downtown Jacksonville the most sustainable neighborhood
in Northeast Florida. Downtown Vision has partnered with the City of
Jacksonville, JEA, U.S. Green Building Council North Florida, ULI North Florida and Downtown
property owners and businesses to capitalize on Downtown’s unique
DGC focuses on education and awareness of the
importance of sustainability practices that promote environmental
responsibility and economic viability.
Concerns regarding energy consumption, water conservation, air and water
pollution, as well as transportation, can all be efficiently mitigated
in a healthy Downtown. The case for urban redevelopment as a
sustainable solution to these challenges is inherent to Downtown, which
can make efficient use of existing public facilities, infrastructure
investment and services.
Living and working Downtown offers a more
sustainable and efficient lifestyle because the transportation, business
and housing choices available in urban areas have considerably less
environmental impact as both residents and employees can efficiently
share services, and walk, bike or take public transportation as part of
their daily routine. Downtown Jacksonville is well-suited for this
role, as it is both the geographic center of the region and embraces the
area’s most cherished natural resource, the St. Johns River.
Property owners in the Downtown Improvement District interested in
participating may contact Terry Lorince at Downtown Vision, Inc. at 904-634-0303, ext. 223, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Downtown Green Collaborative Plan | Download PDF
Downtowns and Sustainability
By Terry Lorince, Executive Director, Downtown Vision, Inc.
The Economics of Green
By James A. Richardson, Environmental Protection Board Administrator, City of Jacksonville
Why the Sustainability Center Had to be Located Downtown
By Corie Baker, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Pond and Company
Downtown Improvement District Commercial Building Energy Challenge
By Jeremiah Cobb, ARRA Grants Coordinator, City of Jacksonville
Green Grants for Non-Profits (GG4N)
By Nicholas Zelaya, MPA, LEED-GA, Grant Coordinator-EECBG
Important Links and Resources
U.S. Green Building Council, North Florida Chapter: www.usgbcnf.org
Sustainable North Florida: www.sustainablenorthflorida.org
Sustainable Jacksonville: www.meetup.com/sustainablejacksonville
City of Jacksonville, Office of Sustainability Initiatives: www.coj.net/departments/environmental-and-compliance/office-of-sustainability-initiatives
Jacksonville Green Source: www.jacksonvillegreensource.com
Southern Energy Efficiency Center: www.southernbuildings.org/partners/index.htm
Open Green Map, Jacksonville: www.opengreenmap.org/greenmap/jacksonville