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The City of Tampa Celebrated Sustainability & Resiliency on Earth Day with New Solar Trail and Eco-Friendly Initiatives

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Additional details on the City of Tampa’s Earth Day celebration

Watch the press conference on Facebook live: https://fb.watch/52VYX1PqA8/ 

Watch the LEED for Cities video: City Of Tampa Gold LEED Certification

Read the Florida Climate Week / FL Race to Zero Proclamation: https://www.tampa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamation/2021/20210419_Florida_Climate_Week.pdf

In honor of Earth Day, the City of Tampa celebrated multiple victories, programs, and initiatives that are transforming Tampa’s tomorrow into a more sustainable and resilient city. 


Mayor Jane Castor held a press conference at Woodland Terrace Park yesterday, along with Neighborhood Watch leaders and environmental experts. During the event, the City unveiled the new Ruth J Fleming Solar Light Trail and shared several announcements. See below for more details. 

Ruth J Fleming Solar Light Trail: The Ruth J Fleming Solar Light Trail at Woodland Terrace Park is the City of Tampa’s first solar trail. Ruth J. Fleming, and her husband Levi, a local couple on the Woodland Terrace Neighborhood Watch contacted the City last year to request that more lighting be installed at Woodland Terrace Park so that elderly residents could safely walk around the park during the early morning and evening hours when it’s not so hot.

The City of Tampa took an innovative approach to meeting this community need by identifying a solution through the lens of sustainability and resilience. The City worked with a minority business owner at Solar Solutions FL to install solar lights at the park which are made in the USA and 100% sustainable. The lights will turn on and off automatically, sourcing power from the sun. This is the first time solar lights of this kind have been installed by the City of Tampa. Unveiling this new solar light trail for the Woodland Terrace community is one small step that demonstrates the City of Tampa’s commitment to sustainability and resiliency. 

Download photos of the Ruth J Fleming Solar Trail at: www.tampa.gov/MediaTooklit 

LEED for Cities Gold Certification Announcement: The City of Tampa was honored to announce that it has achieved LEED for Cities Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. LEED recognizes a city’s commitment to sustainability and resiliency, one of the core pillars of Mayor Jane Castor’s Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow vision. Achieving LEED for Cities Gold certification was a citywide effort that required multiple departments to demonstrate how they have implemented practical and measurable strategies to improve sustainability and enhance the standard of living for residents across neighborhoods.

Learn more about LEED for Cities from the City of Tampa Sustainability & Resiliency officer: City Of Tampa Gold LEED Certification

Florida Climate Action Week and Florida Race to Zero Proclamation: In an effort to address the climate crisis from a regional approach, Mayor Jane Castor read a proclamation declaring April 19-23 and Florida Climate Week. She also announced that she is joining fellow Florida mayors, Buddy Dyer of the City of Orlando, Francis Suarez of the City of Miami, and Rick Kriseman of the City of St Pete in the Florida Race to Zero pledge. This campaign works to raise bipartisan support for climate leadership with the ultimate goal of achieving carbon neutrality in Florida.

Read the proclamation at: https://www.tampa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamation/2021/20210419_Florida_Climate_Week.pdf 

To learn more about the City of Tampa’s Sustainability and Resiliency initiatives, visit www.tampa.gov/green-tampa