Clean Energy and Green Buildings

An example of a green building in the City of Orlando.

Orlando is a national leader in energy efficiency for new and existing commercial buildings that reduce waste and pollution, while saving businesses and residents significant amounts of money.

Why this is important  

Did you know that the majority of the air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and a significant amount of water used across the City of Orlando comes from powering our buildings? In order to address this problem, we have made a commitment to shift away from energy that is generated through the burning of fossil fuels towards investments in clean, renewable energy.

We’re also seeking out ways to make our buildings more energy efficient – meaning that less energy and money is wasted through the process of powering the building – and encouraging green building practices. By pursuing these goals, we will curb waste, save businesses and residents money, boost the local economy, create new jobs, and support a cleaner, healthier environment.  

What we want to accomplish  

In order for The City Beautiful to minimize its environmental impacts and contributions to global climate change, we have developed the following targets and goals to drive our pursuit of clean, efficient energy consumption and green building design:  

We plan to make The City Beautiful more accessible towards energy and renewable resources, by these targets and goals.  

Metrics 2010 (Baseline)   2018 (Targets) 2040 Goals 
Renewable Energy 1.8% 8% UPDATED AUGUST 2017: Mayor Dyer and Orlando City Council joined hundreds of other communities across the country as part of the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100% Clean Energy effort and has committed to 100% renewably-sourced energy by 2050. 
Energy Use (KwH per capita) 12,003  11,403 (5% reduction) Reducing total electricity consumption by 20% from 2010 levels; Ensuring 100% of new and existing buildings meet green building standards  
Greenhouse Gases (GHG)* 

6,359,023 MT CO2e (2007) 

5,996,571 MT CO2e (2010)

4,7569,267 MT CO2e (25% reduction from 2007 baseline)

635,902 MT CO2e (90% reduction from 2007 baseline)

*Further calculations and verification pending prior to submission on ICLEI ClearPath.