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Jacksonville, FL

26.00Scored out of 100Updated 5/2015
Local Government Operations
Score: 3 out of 15 points
Local Government Summary List All

Executive Order 2008-3 describes some energy efficiency-related activities for Jacksonville’s internal government operations. Beyond the executive order, the city does not have another overarching plan or initiative for improving energy efficiency. The executive order also created the Office of Sustainability Initiatives which oversees Jacksonville’s energy efforts.

Last updated: December 2014

Local Government Energy Efficiency Goals List All

Jacksonville will assist Florida in creating a plan to help the state achieve its Clean Power Plan goal. Otherwise, Jacksonville does not have an energy efficiency-related goal for its local government operations. 

Last updated: December 2014

Performance Management Strategies List All

Jacksonville does not have a dedicated funding source or budgeting mechanism for local government efficiency investments.

Jacksonville does not annually report on its energy efficiency activities for its local government operations and does not use an independent firm for evaluation, monitoring, and verification of energy savings from energy efficiency projects.

Staff in the Office of Sustainability Initiatives is dedicated to energy efficiency efforts within government operations. Jacksonville does not offer financial or non-financial incentives for energy efficiency actions to departments or individual staff.

Last updated: February 2015

Procurement and Construction List All

Vehicle Fleets and Infrastructure

Executive Order 2008-3 established a policy that light-duty vehicles in need of replacement be replaced with hybrids or alternative-fuel vehicles, or the most fuel-efficient and least-polluting vehicles available, whenever cost and reliability are similar to traditional vehicles. Jacksonville does not have any other fuel efficiency requirements for its vehicle fleet. The executive order also established an anti-idling policy for the city fleet. Jacksonville is currently developing a right-sizing policy for their fleet as well, but it is not yet in place.

Note: For local fleet initiatives, policies listed must make a specific, mandatory requirement for increasing fleet efficiency. Local alternative-fuel vehicle procurement requirements that give a voluntary option to count efficient vehicles are thus not included.

Public Lighting

Jacksonville has not adopted a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. JEA, the municipal electric and water utility, is in the process of conducting a study to determine the feasibility of LED outdoor lighting for the City of Jacksonville.

New Buildings and Equipment

Executive Order 2008-3 states that all applicable new city buildings and major renovations should be built and certified to the appropriate LEED standards and achieve ENERGY STAR certification. The order also states that existing buildings should incorporate all appropriate LEED-EB principles into facility operation and maintenance. The city also uses an environmentally preferable purchasing policy.

Last updated: December 2014

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Jacksonville regularly enters energy use for roughly 1 million square feet of municipal building space into the ENERGY STAR program. We could not confirm the percentage of overall city-owned square footage that the benchmarked square footage represents. Jacksonville was awarded a grant in 2010 that allowed the city to invest over $1.5 million in audits and energy efficiency retrofits in municipal buildings. Since the expiration of the grant, the city has continued to invest capital funds on projects such as HVAC controls at the main library and chiller upgrades in police headquarters. The Public Buildings division is in the process of hiring a facility manager, who will be key in establishing a formalized comprehensive retrofit strategy for all city-owned buildings.

Sustainable Infrastructure Policies

The Public Buildings division has incorporated life cycle analysis in the city’s 5 year capital improvement plan.

Public Employees

JEA, the city's municipal utility, has a teleworking policy, but Jacksonville does not have policies to reduce the commutes of all city workers, such as flex schedules or a citywide teleworking policy. The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization provides a program called “Cool to Pool”, which helps Jacksonville residents find car-pooling arrangements, but Jacksonville does not offer transit benefits to city employees.

Last updated: February 2015

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 3 out of 10 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

Jacksonville has few community-wide initiatives related to energy efficiency, but the city does provide substantial support for the creation of local district energy systems.

Last updated: January 2017

Community-Wide Energy Efficiency GoalsList All

The city does not currently have community-wide energy efficiency goals.

Last updated: January 2017

Performance Management StrategiesList All

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives works on general sustainability issues for the city, including management of energy, recyclables, and waste materials. We did not find information regarding other performance management strategies. Information that we were unable to obtain includes the frequency of public reporting on community-wide energy efficiency initiatives, the use of independent EM&V to evaluate savings from community-wide efficiency projects, and the existence of a dedicated funding source or budgeting mechanism for community-wide energy management or efficiency investments.

Last updated: December 2014

Efficient Distributed Energy Systems - District Energy and Combined Heat and PowerList All

Jacksonville has dedicated city staff for district energy planning and development. Also, the city has identified three high-priority areas for potential new district energy systems. These are the Downtown, Springfield, and Hogan neighborhoods. There are plans to include Everbank Stadium in the downtown chilled water service base.

Last updated: January 2017

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

The city has not adopted urban heat island mitigation goals.

The city has adopted a private tree protection ordinance. We did not find information on any policies that require or incentivize low impact development (LID) or conservation of private land.

Last updated: January 2017

Buildings Policies
Score: 4 out of 29
Buildings Summary List All

Jacksonville does not have building sector initiatives to improve efficiency. The Building Inspection Division within the Planning and Development Department manages the building energy code compliance and enforcement for the City of Jacksonville.

Last Updated: December 2014

Stringency of Energy CodesList All

Effective June 30, 2015, Florida law requires that residential and commercial buildings comply with the 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation. The 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation based on the 2012 IECC with amendments. The 6th Edition (2017) is on schedule to take effect on December 31, 2017. Cities are not permitted to adopt codes more stringent than the state codes. To learn more about Florida’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.


Commercial construction in Jacksonville complies with the Florida building energy codes. Jacksonville has not yet begun to advocate to the state level for increased stringency in commercial building codes.


Residential construction in Jacksonville complies with the Florida building energy codes. Jacksonville has not yet begun to advocate to the state level for increased stringency in residential building codes.

Last Updated: January 2017

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Jacksonville reported a budget of $9,284,455 for the building code department in 2013. This level of spending normalizes to $22 per $1,000 of residential construction spending for the city. Jacksonville has not made third-party plan review or performance testing mandatory for code compliance, nor has it established either as a voluntary code compliance option. Jacksonville does not provide upfront support to developers or owners for energy code compliance.

Last Updated: December 2014

Requirements and Incentives for Efficient Buildings List All

Building Energy Savings Goals

Jacksonville has not yet published an energy-intensity reduction target for its private buildings.

Green Building Requirements

Executive Order 2008-3 requires that all applicable new city buildings and major renovations be built and certified to the appropriate LEED standards and achieve Energy Star status. Existing buildings shall incorporate all appropriate LEED-EB principles into facility operation and maintenance. Privately-funded commercial and residential buildings are not subject to green building requirements.

Energy Audit and Retrofit Requirements

Jacksonville does not yet require commercial or residential buildings to take energy efficiency actions such as energy audits or retro-commissioning.

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings

Jacksonville does not yet provide incentives or financing products for home or building owners making energy efficiency upgrades.

Last Updated: December 2014

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Jacksonville does not have mandatory or voluntary programs to encourage building benchmarking in any sector.

The region’s multiple listing service includes fields for energy efficiency features of homes listed on the market.

Last Updated: December 2014

Comprehensive Efficiency Services List All

Homeowners have access to ShopSmart, and energy efficiency assessments through JEA, and YouTube channel information and a DIY Home Energy Evaluation Kit, as well as a LawnSmart water checkup. There is no Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program available in Jacksonville.

Last Updated: March 2015


Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 6 out of 18 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

JEA is the municipal utility which provides electricity, drinking water services, and wastewater treatment to the City of Jacksonville. TECO People’s Gas, an investor-owned utility (IOU), is Jacksonville’s primary natural gas utility. The State of Florida requires all electric utilities (municipal and IOU) with sales of 2,000GWh or more to implement cost-effective energy efficiency programs and to conduct energy efficiency potential studies. Natural gas programs are required by orders and legislation. To learn more about the state-requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the Florida page of the State Database.

The Jacksonville Stormwater Utility manages the stormwater for Jacksonville.

Last Updated: December 2014

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs, Spending & SavingsList All

According to EIA, in 2012, JEA spent $10,662,000 on electric efficiency programs, representing 0.83% of its annual revenue. Due to these programs, JEA reported a net incremental electricity savings of 76,845MWh, representing 0.66% of its retail sales. In 2013, TECO Peoples Gas reported spending $9,432,000 on gas efficiency programs. The expenditures normalize to $27.15 per residential customer. Data on natural gas savings resulting from these programs is not available. Spending on electricity and natural gas represented in this section covers the entire Florida service territory, not just Jacksonville. JEA offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers. TECO Peoples Gas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

The City of Jacksonville does not yet partner with JEA or TECO Peoples Gas to promote participation in electric or natural gas efficiency programs. Jacksonville has also not yet begun advocating on the state level for increased requirements on part of the utilities for energy efficiency targets.

Last Updated: December 2014

Energy Efficiency Targets & Funding Agreements List All

There is no established annual electric savings target for the municipal utility, JEA.

Last Updated: December 2014

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

JEA has implemented Green Button through its customer My Account dashboard. At this point, JEA does not provide automated benchmarking services for Jacksonville’s building managers and owners for use in Portfolio Manager. JEA releases aggregate community energy use data for use in planning or evaluation of programs to the City of Jacksoville, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority, and the school district. At this point, the City of Jacksonville does not advocate for improvements in data provision by its utilities.

Last Updated: February 2015

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Water Efficiency

Though there is no adopted water efficiency goal, the JEA runs the LawnSmart program to help homeowners to program their irrigation controllers.

Energy Efficiency and Self-Generation

The City of Jacksonville has not yet established a goal or comprehensive strategy for energy efficiency in its municipal water service operations. JEA’s Buckman Wastewater Treatment Facility, however, does self-generate energy that is used on site. Buckman Wastewater treatment plant electric consumption is offset by a 800KW generator fueled by a biogas produced at the plant. Biogas produced by the sludge digestion process is used in place of a portion of the natural gas used to heat and dry the biosolids. In addition, updated controls installed in 2014 optimize the UV disinfection system, resulting in an energy reduction of 200KW/hour.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

The city’s stormwater fee funds the Jacksonville Stormwater Utility, which is responsible for maintaining and improving the city's stormwater system and for meeting the city's obligations to improve their natural waterways. Discounts are provided by the Jacksonville Stormwater Utility for property owners that provide stormwater-related facilities and/or services that ultimately benefit the city's stormwater system. In addition, the City of Jacksonville is currently investing in Low Impact Development (LID) projects at libraries, community centers and in neighborhoods. Completed projects include a bio-swale at the San Marco Library and a permeable parking lot at the Robert F. Kennedy Center.

Last Updated: February 2015

Score: 10 out of 28 points
Transportation Summary List All

The transportation authority serving the City of Jacksonville is the Jacksonville Transportation Authority. JTA also provides the public transportation for the city and the broader metropolitan area, including bus, light rail, and trolley service. The First Coast MPO is the MPO in charge of conducting metropolitan transportation planning. Its area of jurisdiction encompasses Jacksonville, and many surrounding cities and towns. The Department of Public Works is the city agency charged with managing the city’s transportation network.

Last updated: June 2013

Location Efficiency List All

Jacksonville’s Traditional Neighborhood Development ordinance is a citywide form-based ordinance that has been in place since 1987. The city allows two parking spaces, at a minimum, for single-family homes, and 1.5 spaces per multifamily unit. Jacksonville has not yet written or codified a Complete Streets Policy. There are no incentives available through the city to promote location efficiency.

Last updated: December 2014

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Transportation and Land Use Planning

Jacksonville's Planning and Development 2030 Mobility Plan set a goal to reduce its per capita VMT by 10% by 2030. Jacksonville will aim to achieve this goal through implementing a mobility plan and multi-modal transportation study. 

Car and Bicycle Sharing

There is neither a car nor bike sharing service available to the citizens of Jacksonville.

Transportation Demand Management Programs

Jacksonville is served by the ChoiceRide and Ride Request programs, which aim to reduce the number of single occupant vehicles on the road during peak drive times. 

Last updated: February 2015

Transit List All

The JTA transit system that serves Jacksonville received $95,777,783 in total funding in 2012. This funding level is $114.18 per resident in the service territory of the agency. In comparison, 2011 spending on roads and parking by the city was $127,167,657, or $152.00 per city resident. This results in a ratio of per capita regional transit funding to per capita city highway and parking funding of 0.75 to 1.

The Transit Connectivity Index measures how many transit rides are available per week within walking distance from the average household. The City of Jacksonville’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 3,545, putting it in a lower category (>0 - 5,000) available in the City Scorecard.

Last updated: December 2014

Efficient Vehicles and Driver Behavior List All

Jacksonville's utility, JEA, offers rebates for citizens to purchase or lease a plug-in or EV vehicle. There are no incentives available for the construction of commercial or private EV charging infrastructure. The local government has not yet made any EV charging stations available for public use. 

Jacksonville has not yet established efficient driving rules, such as an anti-idling ordinance, for private vehicles. Jacksonville does not participate in a Clean Cities Coalition. 

Last updated: December 2014

Freight List All

There are 22 intermodal freight facilities within the City of Jacksonville’s boundaries, 21 of which we classify as efficient because they are port- or rail-capable. Jacksonville’s share of regional freight traffic in 2012, normalized by population, is 25,932 ton-miles. As a result there are 0.810 efficient intermodal facilities per thousand ton-miles of freight traffic, putting the city in the middle category for this metric (0.5-0.999) available in the City Scorecard.

Last updated: December 2014