Orange County Government, Florida

Sustainability Plan

Sustainability and the 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. Energy conservation, structural stability, architectural and civil engineering aesthetics, urban design, and property operation and maintenance are all components of a sustainable built environment.

Building codes, design standards, planned developments, 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.

Accomplishments and Efforts

  • 1-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed on the roof of the Orange County Convention Center. At the time of installation in 2009, it was the largest rooftop array in the southeastern United States.
  • First Medical Examiner’s office in Florida and the second in the United States to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, earning the Gold level designation. Other County buildings awarded LEED certification for new construction include the Sheriff's Sector II Building (Silver) and Fire Station 35 (Certified). In October 2013, the Orange County Convention Center became the largest convention center in the world to receive LEED Gold certification for existing buildings: operation and maintenance.
  • The Amway Center was awarded LEED Gold for new construction and the Orlando Science Center was the first nonprofit in Florida to receive LEED Gold certification for existing buildings: operation and maintenance.
  • Three ENERGY STAR certified buildings, recognized for extraordinary energy efficiency: Mercy Drive Complex (2012, 2010, 2009). Internal Operations Center I (2011), and the EMS Warehouse (2012).
  • 100% of traffic signals upgraded to LED, which conserve energy and need less maintenance.
  • Under the Orange County Home Energy Efficiency Program, homeowners invested nearly $3.9 million toward energy upgrades on 608 homes.

Sustainability Contacts

Alan Marshall
Assistant to the Director
Community, Environmental and Development Services Department
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 2nd Floor
Orlando FL 32801
Email: Alan.Marshall@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-5884
Cell: (407) 406-3612

Lori Forsman
Sustainability Specialist
Community, Environmental and Development Services Department
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 1st floor
Orlando FL 32801
Email: Lori.Forsman@ocfl.net
Phone: (407) 836-5439