2010 Sustainable Florida Conference – Live. Manage. Thrive.
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The future success of Florida depends upon individuals, organizations, corporations and government working together and responsibly to preserve and conserve our natural resources, maintain continued economic success and ensure that all in our state have the opportunity for a safe, healthy and vibrant quality of life.
2010 #Conference Highlights
DAY ONE: 2010 SUSTAINABLE FLORIDA CONFERENCE
The 2010 Sustainable Florida Conference presented by Florida Power & Light, scheduled for October 13-14, allows individuals from businesses, government, universities and communities to exchange ideas and learn more about creating sustainability and a green culture.
Hosted by the Sustainable Florida program of the Collins Center for Public Policy, the affordable two-day conference features speakers and workshops from public and private sectors that offer information on green building, community planning, energy, waste, transportation and more.
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#DAY TWO: 2010 SUSTAINABLE FLORIDA CONFERENCE SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION Event spotlights first solar-powered city in U.S., 2 years in offing
PALM BEACH GARDENS (Oct. 13) — Imagine a city that is powered by the sun, where residents live, work and play in green buildings and where parents can walk from their jobs to their children’s schools.
Babcock Ranch, proposed to be the first solar-powered city in the country, if not the world, is just a few years from reality, its developer said Wednesday during an opening address for the 2010 Sustainable Florida Conference.
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Syd Kitson, chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, delivered the keynote remarks to about 200 people gathered at the Marriott Palm Beach Gardens for the two-day event organized by the Collins Center for Public Policy.
Kitson said the sustainable, environmentally sensitive community planned for Southwest Florida passed the permitting stage and is entering the engineering phase. He hopes to begin building “the city of tomorrow” within five years.
“When you start thinking big, you’ll find your way to some pretty incredible ideas,” Kitson said. “You would not believe the number of people who are passionate about this and want to make it a reality.”
Kitson & Partners joined with IBM to build Babcock Ranch as a smart city, which electronically coordinates energy, water, transportation, safety and education. Among the features will be the world’s largest solar photovoltaic array; photovoltaic panels with cells will convert sunlight into electricity, with city planners anticipating it will produce more energy than it uses.
Florida Power & Light has also teamed up with Kitson & Partners and has committed to providing solar panels on all retail buildings.
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In addition to solar initiatives, more than half of the city’s 17,000 acres will be dedicated to natural greenways, parks and lakes. Weaving together residents with nature will be an easy task at Babcock Ranch, Kitson said, because it sits on 91,000 acres. Eighty percent of the land, near Ft. Myers in Charlotte County, is protected preserve and home to panthers and black bears.
Babcock Ranch had been in the Babcock family since 1914, when a Pittsburgh lumber magnate named Edward Babcock purchased it and named it Crescent B. Ranch.
The state wanted to preserve this largely pristine tract of wildlife and Kitson stepped in and negotiated a conservation plan and a vision that drew the Babcock family’s support.
The first step in building Babcock Ranch, Kitson said, is to lead with jobs. He is currently in talks with six companies interested in moving into Babcock Ranch. A world-class education system will follow, he said.
Elementary schools will be built in neighborhoods. Middle and high schools will be strategically located downtown, the epicenter of social activity, so that parents will have quick access to after-school events.
Once built out, Babcock Ranch will offer about 18,000 homes and more than 6 million square feet of retail, commercial and civic space. About 10 percent of living units will be made affordable.
The city will also feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, co-op farms, native plant nurseries and more than 40 miles of walkable trails.
Conservation measures will set a new standard, Kitson said.
All buildings will be LEED certified. The city plans to keep water usage down through use of native plants, energy star appliances and smart instruments, such as one that would pinpoint leaks in pipes. Open spaces will be irrigated with water recycled from domestic activities such as laundry, dishwashing and bathing.
Rush hour would be nonexistent because of an extensive trail system linking the city that would be pedestrian and bike friendly. There are also plans for a public transportation system made up of a fleet of electric vehicles.
The Babcock Ranch project has the backing of several environmental groups, including the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Audubon of Florida.
In 2007, the Collins Center presented Kitson and Partners, along with two counties and five state agencies, the Sustainable Florida Legacy Award for its work in building Babcock Ranch.
“We are not trying to create utopia,” Kitson said. “We want to give people the opportunity to have a better life.”
In addition to Kitson’s address, conference goers also heard from Bryan Olnick, a vice president at Florida Power & Light, who touted the benefits of a new smart meter being installed in homes throughout South Florida.
About 1 million smart meters a year are bring rolled out, which will deliver energy readings to FPL electronically, eliminating the need for personal inspections. In addition, the smart meters will provide residents with an in-depth look at their energy usage, down to the hour.
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The conference continued Thursday, Oct._14, with a keynote address by Steve Seibert, senior vice president and director of Strategic Visioning for the Collins Center.
Seibert unveiled a 5-year visioning plan for Florida, named the Nautilus Project, which calls for dialogue and engagement.
“The Nautilus Project is an effort to untie the knots which bind us to this inadequate, this unsustainable present,” Seibert said.
“It will take knowledge of who we are and where we’ve come from, and a brave and clear eye into the future to untie the knots. It will take head and heart; but mostly heart to force the conversations that bridge our divides and re-nourish a deliberative democracy.”