Florida Sierra Club volunteers and staff joined with elected officials and members of the business community in celebrating the opening of St. Petersburg's first commercial building that produces more energy than it uses. The "net zero energy" office building, located in the historic Grand Central District near downtown St. Pete, is now home to the Florida Sierra Club's new offices.
Florida Chapter Director Frank Jackalone, below, who emceed the day's activities, was joined by Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Club's Beyond Coal campaign, and Lawson LeGate, the Club's eastern regional director, at the December 3 grand opening, which attracted over 100 people and numerous media outlets.
"The ribbon-cutting ceremony was a remarkable event," Hitt said, "bringing the Sierra Club together with three local Chambers of Commerce, St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster, senior executives from manufacturing and engineering giant Bosch, and local business owners." Below, Mayor Foster with Hitt and Jackalone.
Speakers praised the new building as a model for Florida and the nation, describing it as a great boost that will help St. Petersburg distinguish itself as a center for innovation and clean energy. In addition to the Sierra Club's offices, the building will also house two design firms.