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Sustainability Committee and Staff Contacts

Staff Contacts:
Paul Smith, Public Services Director
Robin Rives, Sustainability Coordinator
Ashley Tobin, Public Services / Project Executive Assistant

Phone: 727-942-5610

Enabling Legislation: Resolution 2019-15 Sustainability Advisory Committee

Overview: The Sustainability Advisory Committee serves at the direction of the Board of Commissioners to review and make recommendations regarding City sustainability and resiliency. The Committee typically meets on the third Thursday of the Month – Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Subject areas include:
a)Increasing energy efficiency, conserving water, reducing waste, protecting sensitive natural areas, reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, utilizing environmentally responsible practices, products and technologies, potential for new green businesses and jobs.
b)Participating in the development of a city-wide sustainability action plan as prepared by and implemented by the City Manager and staff.
c)Reviewing and providing input on information for sustainable practices to be distributed to the public and businesses by the City.
d)Compiling and updating City sustainability activities to date so as to maintain a current status of City progress in this area.
e)perform such other duties and assignments as requested by the Board of Commissioners, or the City Manager.

Sustainability Advisory Committee Meeting Information and Agenda


Appointed Boards and Committees

Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

St. Petersburg College-Tarpon Springs Campus, Community Room FA132

600 E. Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs, FL


The following appointed boards and committees will meet with City staff and consultants to conduct the first of three workshops for the Comprehensive Plan Update.


  • Board of Adjustments
  • Budget Advisory Board
  • Code Enforcement Board
  • Heritage Preservation Board
  • Library Advisory Board
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
  • Planning and Zoning Board
  • Public Art Committee
  • Sustainability Committee

Work sessions are intended to provide opportunities for Board members to study issues, gather and analyze information and clarify questions.  No votes are conducted during work sessions.  These sessions are open to the public but are not the appropriate forum for public comment. 


Committee Members:
Dory Larsen, Chair
Dr. Paul Robinson, Vice Chair
Karen Gallagher
Taylor Mandalou
Denise Mannino
Robin Saenger
Dr. Carol Mickett

Sustainability Report to the Board of Commissioners 6-23-2020
STAR Community Rating System
STAR Goals and Objectives

Example Sustainability Plans:
City of West Palm Beach – Sustainability Action Plan
City of Largo – Environmental Action Plan
City of Sarasota – Climate Adaptation Plan
Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP): Technical Report for the City of St. Petersburg

City of Tarpon Springs Sustainability Initiatives and Practices

City of Tarpon Springs Comprehensive Plan

A discussion of resilience and sustainability: Land use planning recovery from the Canterbury earthquake sequence, New Zealand; International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, December 2015 (W.S.A. Saunders and J.S. Becker)
Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change; Sustainability For All
The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World: United Nations – Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability In Action:
Sustainability in Action – Water Heater Replacement

Water Conservation Programs and Rebates
Toilet Rebate Program

Helpful Links:
Recycling Guide