Satellite Beach Sustainability Board

Going Green Through Citizen Engagement: 

The Satellite Beach Sustainability Board is a citizen board meant to empower local residents into becomingPhoto_Sustainability_Board_Logo sustainability stewards who seek best practices in regards to helping the environment, optimizing City procedures, and educating the general public. The board currently has ten members and it meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Satellite Beach City Hall in the council chambers.

The Sustainability Board first came about as an Ad-Hoc Green Committee in 2015. In 2016 the committee evolved into a permanent board via unanimous Council support. Since its inception, the Sustainability Board has been extremely proactive in both civic engagement and sustainability-based project scoping, with many accomplishments to showcase just within the two years it has been in existence. The board is currently the only City board with a waiting list.

Using local volunteers, organizations, other cities, and agencies such as the Brevard Zoo, Keep Brevard Beautiful, and National Estuaries Program, the Sustainability Board continues to ensure that the message and goals of sustainability and environmental awareness permeate into every aspect of City operations.

Photo_Sustainability_Board_Tent_And_Info_Boards Many local cities have taken inspiration from Satellite Beach’s own Sustainability Board and have since created their own incarnations with similar direction and scope. Such cities include Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, and Cocoa.

The board and its members regularly host events designed for public outreach and education, which are scheduled on the board’s Facebook page. Sustainability Board accomplishments have so far been numerous, even before the adoption of the City’s Sustainability Action Plan. This growing list of accomplishments can be seen below:

  • EV charging station installed at Pelican Beach Park

  • Lagoon Friendly Lawn contractor program created with Keep Brevard Beautiful

  • Styrofoam ban ordinance for City events

  • Reusable bag program to reduce plastic bags

  • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding agency partnership

  • Florida Sun Co-op participation

  • Installation of six City bat houses

  • Completion and adoption of a City sustainability assessment report

  • Completion and adoption of a City sustainability action plan

  • Completion of the Logos Community Garden

  • Pelican Beach Park solar canopy procurement

  • Actively seeking to obtain provisional Dark Sky certification at a City facility

  • Implementing eco-educational public workshop schedule

  • Actively seeking a local business partnership for solar array installation

  • Actively identifying locations within the Indian River Lagoon that are suitable for the development of oyster beds

  • Scoping of all municipal sites for future solar array installations

  • Planning and hosting a monthly “Bike Rodeo” to promote health, wellness, and alternative forms of transportation


If you are interested in serving on the Sustainability Board, or any other City board, please visit this link here.