Sustainability and Resilience Action Team (SRAT)

Informed by previous City Commission and Executive Leadership Team Retreats, the Sustainability and Resilience Action Team (SRAT) has been created to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive strategy to advance sustainability and resilience within both the organization and the community. This interdepartmental team will serve in an advisory capacity to the organization to help guide and coordinate sustainability and resilience efforts including the evaluation of current programs and policies to provide recommended improvements.

SRAT is currently working on updating the Largo Environmental Action Plan, which will be ongoing throughout 2021-2022. SRAT reviews a number of items from across the organization to help make our community more sustainable and resilient.

Do you know of a project or effort that the SRAT could support? Submit your ideas today and tell us what could the Team review, research, or otherwise provide support for?

Recent Items

Largo City Hall & New Facilities
SRAT has begun the initial review of the new City Hall facility in order to ensure that it aligns with the organization’s overall sustainability and resilience goals. Stay tuned to Largo.com/NewCityHall for the latest updates!

SRAT also developed the New Facility Sustainability & Resilience Checklist so that all new buildings are as sustainable and resilient as they can be. Items that should be considered at all new City facilities include:
  • Maximize renewable energy to the greatest extent possible
  • Ensure access to electric vehicle charging stations and "EV-Ready" future stations
  • Maintain Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ throughout all spaces
  • Provide inclusive spaces throughout, including gender-inclusive restrooms
  • Support relevant social and cultural connections to the surrounding community
  • Utilize reclaimed water wherever feasible
  • Ensure the project aligns with the City's values throughout the design and construction process, as well as through the life of the facility
To view the full list or for questions, contact Sustainability@Largo.com.
Annual Budget & CIP Review
Each year, the City of Largo proposes an updated budget and Capital Improvement projects. SRAT reviews some of these submissions to ensure they align with the City’s Strategic Plan and LEAP. To learn more about these efforts, visit our virtual Financial Center.

Current/Upcoming Items

City of Largo Golf Course
The 18-hole Largo Municipal Golf Course was purchased by the City in 1979 and subsequently reconstructed in 2007. Within the next 5-10 years, the course will require significant investments that are currently unfunded. In good stewardship of tax dollars, the City must plan for the future to ensure superior service delivery that meets community needs. SRAT has been tasked with reviewing this topic and providing suggestions that help the City and this property best align with sustainability and resilience practices. Learn more at our golf updates webpage.
LEAP Update
Initiated in 2018, the City of Largo adopted a goal to power all municipal operations with at least 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Learn about this initiative and more by exploring the current Largo Environmental Action Plan (LEAP). For accessibility support or assistance viewing this document, please contact Sustainability@largo.com.

MEET THE TEAM

SRAT TEAM MEMBERS
SRAT consists of members from across the organization in order to support the principles of a High-Performance Organization. Each member represents a different focus area, topic, or program that helps do advance sustainability and help build a more resilient community and organization. Current Team members are:

Kyle Hicks, Asset Management Data Coordinator, EN
Summer Mahr, Fire Education, FD
Coleen Chaney, Victim Advocate, PD
Taylor Cook, Asset Management Data Coordinator, PW
Megan Sanders, Recreation Program Supervisor, RPA
Isabella Nunez, Economic Development Coordinator, CD
Taylor Kahns, Parks Supervisor, RPA
John Burney, Utility Program Coordinator, ES

Team Liaison: Laura Thomas, Sustainability Program Administrator, AD 
Steering Committee: Maggie Paluch, Jerry Woloszynski, Casey McPhee, Meridy Semones, Cheryl Reed

WHAT DO SUSTAINABILITY & RESILIENCE MEAN?

Sustainability: There are many different definitions and interpretations of the term 'sustainability.' While many of these terms are related, or even used interchangeably, the City of Largo's definition is:

"The ability to improve and maintain equitable and just living conditions for all communities while restoring natural resources for all future generations."

This means that people, along with things like housing and the economy are just as important as the environment when thinking about sustainability. In fact, sustainability has more to do with the way we think than any set of topics. In order to ensure the protection of our environment and our community, we should think about how things are connected in complex ways to maintain or create sustainability. 


Resilience: Resilience is oftentimes used either in place of the term sustainability or to mean that something is resilient to a storm or other hazard. In fact, resilience is a much broader word that describes the identity of a system and its ability to maintain its character before, during and after disruptions or changes. The City of Largo's definition of resilience is:

"The ability of a system (ex: family, neighborhood, community, country, biosphere, etc) to cope with short-term disruptions and adapt to long-term changes without losing its essential character and respecting its history and development."

As you can see, resilience is more focused on ensuring that a system is adaptable and strong, regardless of the presence of a hazard.  


Environmental Justice: This may be a new term for some people and it is an important part of building a sustainable and resilient community because we can never truly be either of those things unless we are also equitable and just. The City of Largo's definition of environmental justice is:

"The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, income or constitutional factors, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of sustainable and resilient laws, regulations, policies and practices."

That is to say, if one part of our community is more vulnerable than the rest, then the community as a whole cannot be considered resilient. We must be sure to consider the impacts of our policies and programs on our community, particularly the most vulnerable to ensure we are building a sustainable and resilient Largo.  

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