State and Local Policy Database


City Scorecard Rank


Jacksonville, FL

16.50Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
1 out of 9 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding an energy reduction goal for municipal operations.

Renewable Energy Goal

We were unable to find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: March 2019

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies 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. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

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.

Green Building Requirements

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. 

Last updated: March 2019

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

Jacksonville regularly enters energy use for municipal building space into the ENERGY STAR program. However, we could not confirm the percentage of overall city-owned square footage that the benchmarked square footage represents. We could not confirm the existence of comprehensive retrofit strategies for public buildings in Jacksonville.

Public Workforce Commuting

Jacksonville does not have a telework or flexible schedule policy for City employees.

Last updated: March 2019

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 1.5 out of 16 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

We could not find information on whether the City of Jacksonville has adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: June 2019

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide energy reduction goal for the city.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide renewable energy goal for the city.

Energy Data Reporting

The city does not report community-wide energy data.

Last updated: June 2019

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether permanent city staff have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting outreach for multiple clean energy initiatives to marginalized groups compared with outreach to other city constituencies.

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

We were unable to determine if the city has created a formal role for marginalized community residents or local organizations representing those communities to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Accountability to Equity

We were unable to determine whether the city has adopted specific goals, metrics, or protocols to track how multiple energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are affecting local marginalized groups.

Last updated: June 2019

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

JEA, Jacksonville’s municipal utility, has created and operates several district energy systems.

Last updated: June 2019

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

We could not verify if the city has adopted an urban heat island mitigation goal.

Jacksonville has adopted a private tree protection policy.

Last updated: June 2019

Buildings Policies
Score: 4.5 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Jacksonville enforces the state’s building energy codes. The city offers incentives for energy efficiency projects. We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All


State of Florida law requires that residential and commercial buildings comply with the 6th Edition Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation. The 6th Edition Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation is based on the 2015 IECC with amendments. The state bars cities from adoption 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. The city’s zEPI score for their commercial energy code is 53.4. 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. The city’s zEPI score for their residential energy code is 60.7. Jacksonville has not yet begun to advocate to the state level for increased stringency in residential building codes.

Solar- and EV-ready

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted solar- and/or EV-ready ordinances.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Florida’s building energy code requires site inspections to verify code compliance. We could not find information on the number of full time employees the city staffs to enforce the energy code. We could not find information regarding upfront support for code compliance.

Last updated: March 2019

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for commercial and multifamily buildings.


We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for single-family home.

Last updated: March 2019

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

Jacksonville offers two incentives for energy efficiency projects.

The city expedites building plan review for developments achieving LEED certification.

JEA, the city’s municipal utility, offers energy efficiency rebates to commercial property owners.

Last updated: March 2019

Required Energy ActionsList All

We could not find information on whether the city requires building owners to conduct additional above-code energy actions.

Last updated: March 2019

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 3.5 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

JEA (Jacksonville Electric Authority) is the municipal utility which provides electricity, drinking water services, and wastewater treatment to the City of Jacksonville. TECO Peoples 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 2,000 GWh 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, and JEA manages Jacksonville's drinking water supply.

Last Updated: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, according to JEA, they achieved 37,330 MWh in net incremental savings, representing 0.32% of retail sales. In 2017, TECO Peoples Gas did not report savings on natural gas efficiency programs. These figures cover 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.

JEA works with the City of Jacksonville’s Department of Housing and Neighborhoods to implement a low-income program called the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency program, which assists customers in making energy and water efficiency upgrades to their homes.

Last Updated: March 2019

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

JEA offers the Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program to qualified low-income residential customers. This program includes upgrades such as CFL bulbs, LED night lights, low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators, toilet flappers, AC filters, exterior door weatherstripping, caulking, and attic insulation. The program is implemented in partnership with the City of Jacksonville’s Department of Housing and Neighborhoods, and coordinates with the Weatherization Assistance Program. Customers who received federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program dollars are automatically qualified for the program. JEA partners with the Northeast Florida Community Action Agency and City of Jacksonville Community Development Block Grant program to provide attic insulation to eligible customers, allowing for other funds to be spent on health and safety issues as needed. In 2017, according to JEA, it achieved 1,051 MWh in energy savings from its low-income programs, while serving 1,225 low-income customers.

TECO People’s Gas does not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at low-income customers in Jacksonville at this time.

Multifamily Programs

At this time, JEA and TECO People's Gas do not offer energy efficiency programs targeted at multifamily properties.

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

At this point, JEA and TECO Peoples Gas do not provide automated benchmarking services for Jacksonville’s building managers and owners for use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. At this time, the City of Jacksonville does not advocate for improvements in data provision by its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2019

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2017, JEA did not provide renewable energy incentives for the construction of new distributed solar or wind systems.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

In 2017, JEA produced 0% of its total generation from renewable sources.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

JEA provides a free computer-based home energy assessment that provides a review of both water and electricity use, as well as abnormal consumption alerts, and free irrigation assessments. There is no adopted water efficiency goal for the city of Jacksonville.

Water plant 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 an 800 kW generator fueled by 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 200 kWh.

Last Updated: March 2019

Score: 6 out of 30 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: January 2017

Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The City of Jacksonville has a 2030 Mobility Plan, released in 2011, that includes several strategies for reducing transportation energy use and emissions. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

Through the implementation of the mobility plan and multi-modal transportation study, the City aims to reduce its per capita VMT by 10% by 2030 from a 2010 baseline. This requires a 0.5% reduction per year.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

We could not confirm if the City is on track to meet its goal.

Last Updated: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

Jacksonville’s Traditional Neighborhood Development ordinance is a citywide form-based ordinance that has been in place since 1987.

Residential Parking Policies

The City allows two parking spaces, at a minimum, for single-family homes, and 1.5 spaces per multifamily unit. There are no minimum parking requirements for the downtown core area.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

There are no incentives available through the City to promote location efficiency.

Last Updated: March 2019

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

At this time, the City does not have a codified mode share target for trips within the city.

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

No progress has been achieved, as there are no targets in place.

Complete Streets

Jacksonville has not yet written or codified a Complete Streets Policy.

Car Sharing

At this time, the City does not have a formal policy in place to provide dedicated on-street and off-street parking for carshare vehicles.

Bike Sharing

We could not determine if the City is served by a bike share system.

Last Updated: May 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The JTA transit system that serves Jacksonville received $52,219,951.60 in average annual funding from 2013-2017. This funding level is $36.07 per resident in the service territory of the agency, putting the city in the fourth highest category ($20-49) available in the City Scorecard.

Access to Transit Services

The Transit Connectivity Index measures transit service levels. It is based on the number of bus routes and train stations within walking distance for households scaled by frequency of service. Jacksonville’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 3.8, putting it in the lowest category (0-4.99) available in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Jacksonville's utility, JEA, offers EV tax benefits and rebates  for citizens to purchase or lease a plug-in or EV vehicle.

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

There are no incentives available for the construction of EV charging infrastructure.

EV Charging Locations

The City owns 57 charging stations available for public use.

Renewable Charging Incentives

At this time, the City of Jacksonville has no incentives or requirements available for the installation of private or public EV charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.).

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Jacksonville's UNF sustainability report outlines strategies to increase freight efficiency. 

Last Updated: March 2019

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy

Jacksonville does not have any requirements or incentives in place to encourage the development or preservation of affordable housing in transit-served areas.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Jacksonville does not currently provide rebates or incentives to low-income residents for efficient transportation options.

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

At this time, the City of Jacksonville does not provide low-income households with access to high-quality transit.

Last Updated: March 2019