St. Petersburg Integrated Sustainability Action Plan

St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg is the first city in Florida and the 20th in the U.S. to commit to becoming completely reliant on sustainable energy sources. It is also one of more than 57 U.S. cities to sign the Chicago Charter, a commitment to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city has pledged to become more resilient to the effects of climate change. As lead consultant, VHB helped develop the City’s Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP) as a blueprint for advancing its sustainability and resiliency goals. VHB worked with the City to complete its first-ever municipal- and community-scale greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The inventory was used to design reduction strategies; develop a roadmap for 100 percent clean energy; complete a climate vulnerability assessment; and guide the city and community partners in implementing programs and strategies that will enhance sustainability and resiliency across municipal departments and throughout the community. VHB also led an extensive outreach and engagement process with community stakeholders to determine the goals and strategies for the city’s sustainability and resiliency plan.

In support of the ISAP, VHB is also providing civil engineering services for the new Tampa Bay Innovation Center—a 45,000-square-foot signature business incubator building for the burgeoning downtown Innovation District. The center will model best practices in green design, construction, and resiliency and be built to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Environmental & Energy Design (LEED) Gold standards, while creating jobs and providing support for entrepreneurs in the area.

The ISAP establishes smart city goals and strategies for broad social, economic, and environmental sustainability with a focus on equity, livability, and resiliency. The identification of these goals and strategies is data-driven, informed by community input, and emphasizes the relationship between transportation, urban design and health. VHB's work was critical to St. Petersburg being a recipient of the American Cities Climate Challenge from Bloomberg Philanthropies, an award valued at $2.5 million to further its climate change efforts.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman accepts the American Cities Climate Challenge award from Michael Bloomberg at Albert Whitted Park in January 2019. Preliminary rendering of the Innovation Center East Elevation.


  • City of St. Petersburg


  • Civil Engineering

  • Community Sustainability Planning

  • Downtown Revitalization Planning

  • Entitlement Services

  • Healthy Communities

  • Public Outreach

  • Site Planning

  • Sustainability

  • Threatened & Endangered Species Surveys

  • Urban Design & Planning

  • Wetlands Delineation