Connect with us

Tampa Bay

Jane Castor wants Tampa to go 100% clean energy by 2045

The plan calls for a new Office of Sustainability and Resilience.

Mayoral candidate Jane Castor wants Tampa to be 100 percent sustainable energy by 2045.

On Thursday, the city’s former police chief released a sustainability and resiliency plan that she would implement if elected Mayor.

Among other things, Castor’s proposal calls for a new Office of Sustainability and Resilience that would focus on analyzing and recommending actions to make city-owned assets fully sustainable.

Her solutions also focus on stormwater management, coastal resilience and environmental justice.

“As your next Mayor, I will develop and implement sustainability policies that protect Tampa’s air, water, and natural resources. Tampa is blessed with an abundance of productive ecosystems, outdoor recreation opportunities, and miles of beautiful coastline” Castor said. “As Mayor, I will promote policies that conserve natural resources, ensure our coastline is resilient to storms, make sure we do our part to reduce harmful air water and air pollution and work to develop healthy neighborhoods for all Tampa residents.”

Under her plan, Castor and her staff would create a climate action and resilience plan that would evaluate Tampa’s risks and develop policies to address them. The new office she plans to create would also be charged with reviewing existing sustainability policies.

Castor is calling for all of Tampa’s assets to be converted to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2045. That includes city-owned buildings and fleets.

The plan would consider coastal resiliency solutions like living shorelines and green infrastructure. Castor also said she would ensure funding for stormwater upgrades was secured to protect the city against sea level rise.

Environmental justice is often overlooked in talks about climate change and sea level rise. But Castor’s plan calls for protecting the city’s most vulnerable citizens from harmful effects of a changing climate by expanding green space in areas where appropriate. Expanding the city’s park space reduces pavement and provides better drainage, which could reduce flooding.

Castor’s plan also calls for the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority to switch its fleet to zero-emission buses. Her transportation plan calls for increased transit access in vulnerable neighborhoods.

Tampa City Council member Harry Cohen who is one of six candidates also running for Mayor also released a climate action plan Thursday with some similar suggestions.

Castor missed a Tampa Bay Sierra Club candidate forum Wednesday night in which her opponents addressed climate plans. Castor provided a written statement apologizing for the scheduling conflict and announcing her plan to convert the city’s assets to complete renewable energy.

Election Day is March 5 with a runoff, if necessary, April 23.

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at Janelle@floridapolitics.com.

Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Renzo Downey, Rick Flagg, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Bob Sparks, Andrew Wilson, and Kelly Hayes.
Email: Peter@FloridaPolitics.com
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Connect
Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.