About Go Green
The City of Aventura’s Commitment to Going Green
The City is committed to reducing its carbon footprint on the environment, and it is proud to be a Green Local Government, as certified by the Florida Green Builders Coalition (FGBC). The FGBC designates Green Cities and Counties for outstanding environmental stewardship. The program focuses on improving environmental performance through waste reduction, water conservation, air quality improvements, and many other criteria. The process of becoming a Green City is an opportunity to improve existing programs, start new programs and set an example to the community in order to improve environmental sustainability.
Green City Certification
Go Green Recognition Program Award
The City of Aventura annually invites residential and commercial property owners who have practiced environmental sustainability to be recognized with a Go Green Recognition Program award. The prestigious award is presented by the Community Services Advisory Board to those properties whose efforts have and continue to keep Aventura green.
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Aventura’s Green Local Government Practices
- Green Cleaning and Maintenance, in accordance with FL Department of Environmental Resources:
Aventura contracts out cleaning services that use Green Seal certified cleaning products to improve air quality and reduce employee, visitor and student exposure to toxic chemicals. HVAC equipment is regularly maintained and inspected to ensure efficiency.
- Green Fleet:
Aventura’s Public Works vehicles are regularly maintained by recycling all fluids, batteries, and tires. Techniques to minimize environmental impact are practiced for spill containment, including berms at both ends of the bays, and many others.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP):
The City adopts the EPA EPP practices as part of its Go Green initiative, which reduces environmental impact; energy and water use; and reduce waste and operational costs.
These are just a few green practices recognized by the FGBC as they apply to the Green Local Government certification programs.
Green Building in Aventura
The City recognizes U.S. Green Building Coalition, FGBC and green building certification programs. In September of 2009, the City Commission passed Ordinance 2009-18 to promote a Green Building Program for construction within the City. Green buildings use environmentally superior building materials, reduce waste generated by construction, employ mechanical systems and technologies that are energy efficient, conserve water and are designed to minimize impacts on local natural habitat. The legislation also provides incentives based on the LEED rating level that a building achieves including, but not limited to:
- Expedited site plan review.
- Expedited permit review.
- Marketing incentives including Program article announcement on the site, construction sign/plaque to be attached to the Building designating the project.
- Inclusion of Program Participants and their Building information on the City’s Go Green page and press releases.
- Eligibility for Green Building award through the City of Aventura annual Go Green Awards Program.
- Administrative variances to allow orientation of the Building to take full advantage of available natural resources.
- Lot coverage bonus provided that a green roof and/or green rooftop amenities are provided and maintained for the common benefit of building occupants and that increased tree canopy and Florida Friendly plantings designed to calm the heat island effect.
- Green Building in Aventura: Optima, the first LEED Platinum Certified high-rise in the city and the second in the state-the 114,000 square foot commercial complex blends elegant finishes with ecological sensibility; cultivating a vibrant, striking, yet intimate workspace. View the LEED website for details.
Air & Water Quality
Air Quality Index (AQI)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculates the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particle pollution (also known as particulate matter), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. For each of these pollutants, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect public health. Visit Air Now to check Aventura’s current air quality.
Water Quality Reports
Aventura residents are serviced by either North Miami or Miami-Dade Water Utilities. To check the drinking water quality supplied to your home please visit: