Sustainability & Resilience Plan

In 2024, the City of Largo introduced the Sustainability and Resilience Action Plan (SRAP) to promote sustainability, resilience, and equity citywide. Sustainability involves responsibly managing our natural resources for future generations, avoiding waste, and using resources efficiently. Climate resilience prepares our community for weather changes, ensuring community safety and well-being during storms or heatwaves. Equity ensures fairness, providing everyone with the essentials for a good life, regardless of background or identity, offering everyone an equal opportunity for success.

To learn more, explore the 13 Strategies of SRAP below. You may use the search bar in the bottom left to search for a specific strategy. For a more in-depth view, download the full SRAP document or view the Executive Summary.

Community Resilience

What is it?
This is the Equitable Climate Preparedness strategy.

Community Resilience to Climate Change:
  • Occurs when a community can prepare for, adjust to, and lessen the impacts of climate-related events like storms or heatwaves.
  • Ensures everyone has what they need to stay safe and recover during harmful events.
  • Largo is committed to increasing community resilience to climate events while enhancing the natural environment and quality of life.
Climate Gentrification:
  • Occurs when more affluent individuals move from highly impacted climate change areas to less impacted ones.
  • Can also result from efforts to improve communities, making neighborhoods more expensive and displacing lower-income residents.
To improve Largo while mitigating climate gentrification, the City is:
  • Working to identify affected areas and support vulnerable communities, especially those with limited homeownership opportunities.
  • Recruiting local climate liaisons to connect with residents, understand their concerns, and raise awareness about climate change impacts.
As part of these efforts, Largo is committed to:
  • Providing resources in multiple languages and hosting meetings in accessible locations and times.
  • Leveraging art to illustrate climate change effects and promote community engagement.
  • These initiatives aim to prepare Largo for climate change while ensuring fairness for everyone.
How are we doing?
We measure the following:
  • Affordable housing projects per units
How to get involved?

Flood preparedness and planning

what is it?
Flood Vulnerability and Preparedness:
  • While the City possesses limited coastal properties, numerous properties along creeks and canals face vulnerability to flooding, exacerbated by projected sea level rise.
  • This heightened flood risk stems from the anticipated increase in both tidal flooding and storm surge events.
Mitigating Flood Impacts:
  • In response, the City is dedicated to implementing proactive measures to mitigate flooding impacts.
  • Vegetation, such as native grasses and mangroves, plays a critical role in flood defense and environmental preservation.
The Role of Vegetation:
  • These plants function as natural sponges, absorbing excess water during heavy rainfall and reducing flood risk in surrounding areas.
  • Additionally, their robust root systems stabilize soil, combat erosion, and safeguard valuable land.
Promoting Ecosystem Health:
  • Furthermore, native vegetation fosters diverse wildlife habitats and contributes to air quality improvement.
Enhancing Flood Resilience:
  • By preserving existing habitats and enhancing vegetative buffers along creek, canal, and coastal properties, we can bolster flood resilience in our homes while fostering ecosystem health and sustainability.
Strategic Investment for Future Resilience:
  • In evaluating future capital projects, the city considers the vulnerability of assets to tidal flooding and storm surges, both presently and in the projected scenario for 2040.
  • Through strategic investment in infrastructure and projects, we aim to ensure continued community service and resilience for the decades ahead.
How are we doing?
We measure the following:
  • Local sea level rise (in inches)
  • Projected local sea level rise by 2040 and 2070
  • Miles of natural shorelines
  • Number of flood events
  • Number of highly vulnerable properties to tidal flooding or storm surge
How to get involved?
  • Interact with the GIS Maps
  • Community Data Network

water

what is it?
Enhancing water quality and conserving drinking water are priorities for Largo.

The City is working to join the One Water Movement, an approach to water resource management that emphasizes the interconnectedness of all water sources, including drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater. Instead of treating these sources separately, the One Water approach advocates for integrated management strategies prioritizing sustainability, resilience, and equity. This approach recognizes that all water has value and should be managed holistically to ensure long-term environmental and social benefits. Considerations include prioritizing water conservation in Largo facilities and encouraging water conservation practices, such as WaterSense fixtures and rain barrels, for community members.

Largo is also committed to improving local water quality. Significant progress has been made in investing in resilience improvements to wastewater lift stations vulnerable to flood events. Local waterways will be protected from harmful bacteria and other health concerns by reducing the risk of wastewater overflows. This includes continuing work to relocate or elevate wastewater lift stations in flood-prone areas while also adding a solar canopy to offset some of the infrastructure’s electricity usage.

Additionally, to meet state requirements, Largo will no longer discharge any treated wastewater to local bodies of water by 2030. Instead, deep injection well technologies will be utilized, and two Class 1 Underground Injection Control (UIC) wells will be constructed. Deep injection wells involve injecting treated wastewater deep underground into permeable rock formations below the aquifer, where it is stored or naturally disposed of. The City is committed to actively reporting on the status of the deep injection well project and the findings of all inspections by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
How are we doing?
We measure the following:
  • Gallons of water used
  • Water quality
  • Amount invested in infrastructure improvements
how to get involved?

Greenspace

what is it?
Native trees and green spaces are vital for our environment and communities. They provide habitats for wildlife and places for people to relax and enjoy nature. But they also have big environmental benefits. Trees help reduce the impacts of climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, a major cause of global warming. Trees also cool things down by providing shade and releasing moisture into the air, reducing flood impacts by soaking up rainwater. Trees and green spaces are essential for strengthening our ecosystems and communities.

To support our tree canopy coverage, the city has a specific tree fund for planting native and Florida-friendly tree species on city properties. We also prioritize native plants in our park and facility landscaping. Moving forward, the city is working to increase our total tree canopy and native habitats. We encourage residents and businesses to help us in this effort by including native trees, landscaping, and pollinator gardens on their properties.
how are we doing?
We measure the following:
  • Percent of tree canopy in each census block group on average
  • Acres of city owned greenspace
  • Trees planted
  • Pounds of invasive plants removed
how to get involved?
  • Litter-Free Largo
  • Report Illegal Dumping: If you notice litter/illegal dumping in your neighborhood, report it to [email protected] or the KPB Litter Hotline at 727-210-GONE (4663).

Energy

what is it?
Maximizing energy efficiency in City of Largo buildings while also installing renewable energy sources like solar can save money and fight climate change. Sustainable transportation options like walking, biking, public transit, and electric vehicles also improve air quality and promote healthier, more accessible communities for all. Embracing these practices will lead to a more sustainable, resilient, and livable Largo.

To guide our work, the City has adopted a target to source 100% of its electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2035. We’ve created an Energy Program Roadmap to help us on our journey and are focused on auditing our facilities, improving their efficiency, and offsetting remaining electricity consumption with solar power. We are also focused on reducing the environmental impacts of the City’s fleet vehicles by transitioning 100% of our light-duty fleet vehicles to hybrid or electric vehicles by 2030.
how are we doing?
We measure the following:
  • Over 28 million kilowatt hours consumed in city operations
  • Roughly 105,000 kilowatt hours generated by solar arrays
  • Six electric vehicle charging stations available for public charging
  • 10 electric vehicles in the City fleet
  • 64 hybrids in the City fleet
how to get involved?

City Operations and Funding

what is it?
Largo’s Sustainability and Resilience Action Plan (SRAP) is comprehensive and targets key City operations and targets such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving transportation safety and diversity, advancing a local food system, and curbing city waste. 

Strategies in the plan include:
  • Completing regular assessments of greenhouse gas emissions with a commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
  • Expanding alternative transportation options.
  • Creating initiatives to strengthen local food production and waste management. 
Additionally, there are now better integrated long-term sustainability and resilience planning and equity considerations into the City's Capital Improvement Program process. This evaluation ensures that community benefits are fairly distributed among all residents and that Largo’s capital investments increase resilience to climate change.
how are we doing?
We measure the following:
  • GHG Inventory total
  • Pounds of solid waste
  • Pounds of recycling
  • Number of community gardens/farms
  • Number of composting bins requested
how to get involved?

Sustainable Businesses

what is it?
To foster a more sustainable community, the support of Largo’s businesses is crucial. There are numerous ways businesses can contribute to sustainability, such as adopting energy-efficient technologies, implementing waste reduction strategies, and sourcing products locally while prioritizing fair labor practices. Additionally, businesses can make investments in renewable energy, minimize water usage, and promote diversity and inclusion within their workforce. Embracing sustainability not only safeguards the planet and its resources but also cultivates customer trust, attracts environmentally conscious employees, and fortifies the company's resilience in an evolving world.

As part of the Sustainability and Resilience Action Plan implementation, the City will introduce incentives and programs aimed at encouraging businesses to foster green job creation, reduce waste, and attain green business certifications.
how are we doing?
We measure the following:
  • LEED-certified buildings in Largo
how to get involved?

Population Size

4th

Largest City in Tampa Bay

Acres of Park Land

4.5K

Largo Businesses