An Interview with Cynthia Barber, Director of the City's Green Department

Tallahassee Reports had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Cynthia Barber, the Director of the Environmental Policy and Energy Resources Department, aka, The Green Department. I found her to be accommodating and well versed in the mission of her newly formed department.

What are your qualifications?

I have an undergraduate degree  in Business from FSU and a Masters degree in Public Administration also from FSU. I have worked for the City since 1991. Before my current position I worked in the Utility Business and Consumer Services where my responsibilities included environmental compliance.

Whose idea was it to create this department?

The City Manager. She  thougt it was important to create a department that could focus on green initiatives and the measurement and evaluation of conservation efforts.

Why is it  important for the City of Tallahassee to strive for the silver and gold designations sponsored by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC)?

It allows us to compare the progress of our green initiatives with other cities throughout the state. ( Note: A review of the FGBC reveals that this organization charges membership fees and provides information on “green” companies  that include builders, developers, architects, land planners, Realtors, landscape architects, and so on. In other words, if you are a city looking to build green you would hire companies endorsed by FGBC)

Did we receive points toward our gold city rating for creating the EPER Department?


What other actions help us score points?

Employee education, energy conservation and water conservation programs.

Is the purpose of the increased parking fees for city employees an attempt to make employees car pool?

No. It is to help with the budget issues we have.

Was the newly created position you now occupy advertised?


What kind of car do you drive?

A SUV. The car meets my needs and I try to conserve in other ways. It is hard to sell a SUV these days.

2 Responses to "An Interview with Cynthia Barber, Director of the City's Green Department"

  1. Was the newly created position you now occupy advertised?


    Ole Fizzz Is confused again. I didn’t know you could do that. I thought that was the law or at least a policy that a job at City Hall had to be advertised. Huh.Interesting. Will somebody buy me a drink? Got to get rid of these cobwebs…

  2. Although I am outraged at the creation of this position at the level it was – why wasn’t it simply an office within administration or in the public works area???

    As for her driving an SUV – I can attest, anyone with one that was bought in the last two years is stuck with it until it is paid off or they don’t mind taking a serious bath on getting rid of it.

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