Empowering the City of Boynton Beach to Commit to Net Zero

Boynton Beach City Commission adopted an updated 2020 Climate Action Plan (CAP), which was presented by Rebecca Harvey, its Sustainability Coordinator. The CAP sets new targets—for both government operations and the Boynton Beach community—to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 50% below 2015 levels by 2035. The City also committed to becoming net zero by 2050.

Data and Insights That Move Climate Action Plans Forward

Powered by SustainaBase, the City has inventoried and calculated government emissions for 2006, 2015, and every year since 2017; and community-wide emissions for 2015, 2017, and 2020. The ongoing tracking enabled the city to discover that emissions from government operations declined by 14% from 2006 to 2018 as a result of both a reduction in the City’s electricity consumption and Florida Power & Light’s clean energy efforts. Community-wide emissions also decreased slightly from 2015 to 2017 despite a 1.7% population increase.

These downward trends indicated to the City Commission that a proposed reduction target of 50% by 2035 would be feasible.

It’s All Tracked in SustainaBase

The SustainaBase platform tracks all of the city’s emissions from electricity to refrigerants to transportation and everything in between. No spreadsheets, no headaches, just actionable information, and great looking graphics.

A greenhouse gas inventory is more than just electricity and so is SustainaBase. Our solutions help your team account for data that is material to your carbon footprint and more, ranging from water consumption to the actions taken to reduce emissions. The insight we deliver can help you uncover and monitor sustainability initiatives that are most important to your organization.

We recently helped Boynton Beach achieve GreenGlobes® certification for its new City Hall/Library and Police Station. The City is also working on a tree canopy enhancement program and is planning to conduct a solar energy feasibility study. Energy savings and carbon sequestration data from these innovative projects will be monitored in the SustainaBase system.

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