Sustainability Plan

The City has completed a high-level analysis of sustainability initiatives already in place, which is included in the "Sustainability Summary" report. The City hopes to continue creating new initiatives, expanding the reach of sustainability, and ultimately continue with the sustainability planning process for a cohesive approach. This summary includes the following:

  • Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
  • Coast Resiliency
  • Environmental Conservation & Protection
  • Education & Outreach
  • Policy Development
  • Past Initiatives
  • Ongoing Initiatives
  • Planned Initiatives

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Performance Contracting

Performance Contracting falls under the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy part of the Plan.  Performance Contracting (PC) is an effective and proven method for addressing capital improvement projects without an upfront cost. PC is a procurement tool that allows agencies to leverage the savings gained from making facilities more efficient to pay for those improvements. The City of Deerfield Beach identified the need for efficiency and infrastructure improvements and PC as a solution to this need. 

The improvements through this project equate to a $9.2 million investment. Over the course of 17 years, the City is guaranteed to save $15 million on electricity, water, and operational costs. The investment will be paid for using these savings over a 15-year term.

PC Project Benefits

  • This project will generate cost savings for the City, and it will allow funds to be used more efficiently. 
  • Per Florida Statute, there are no upfront costs associated with this project. No payments will be made from the City’s funds until the project is complete and the City starts to realize savings. 
  • The investments will reduce the City’s energy use, improve resiliency, and reduce the City’s carbon footprint. 
  • The technology utilized in this project will lay the groundwork for smart city development. 
  • This project will foster sustainability awareness throughout the community.

Siemens Partnership

Siemens is one of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. Siemens was selected for the City’s PC project through a competitive solicitation process.

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Compressed Natural Gas

Compressed Natural Gas falls under Environmental Conservation & Protection. 

The City of Deerfield Beach Recycling & Solid Waste Management fleet is designed to focus on efficiency in all ways. The automated collection allows the employees to stay in the trucks, reducing opportunities for work-related injuries and increasing route efficiency. This reduces overhead cost, which reflects in customer pricing. 

The carts are outfitted with special Radio Frequency ID tags (RFIDs) which will be scanned by readers on the new collection vehicles to collect data to help the City enhance services and reward residents for recycling. 

The City’s trucks are powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exhaust air that is cleaner than what the truck takes in. This reduces our impact on the environment. The trucks are also cheaper to maintain. 

In the end, the service routes are faster, poisonous emissions are lower, and maintenance is cheaper.