Jacksonville Transportation Authority

At a Glance


Government/Public Administration

Project Type

Commercial Energy Efficiency




Jacksonville, FL

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Net Present Value:


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Annual kWh Savings:

81,000 kWh

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Annual CO2 Reductions:

50 metric tons


Phillip Pless assisted the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) in laying the foundations for a sustainability plan at JTA.


In 2013, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) formed a sustainability committee and signed a pledge with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to achieve higher certification standards. The agency had implemented many energy-efficiency projects, but lacked a formal long-term plan for investing in sustainable projects. In 2016, JTA enlisted EDF Climate Corps fellow Phillip Pless to lay the framework for a lasting blueprint. Phillip was also tasked with researching energy-efficiency and water conservation measures at JTA’s planned Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC). These measures would help JTA reach LEED Gold certification for its new regional transportation center. 


Phillip created a toolkit to highlight the agency’s success on sustainability initiatives already in place. He then laid the framework for a plan by building a template, researching best practices and designing an employee engagement survey to gauge knowledge of sustainability projects. Alternative financing options and mechanics for identifying energy-efficiency projects were also included. Turning his attention to the new regional transportation center, Phillip researched opportunities for energy-efficiency and water conservation measures specific to the project, including LED lighting, occupancy sensors, dual flush toilets, and energy-efficient dryers. 

Potential Impact

Phillip’s toolkit will assist JTA in engaging community stakeholders in sustainability initiatives, to achieve sustainability recognition at the community level and earn a sustainability certification with APTA. Phillip also helped to pave the road ahead by recommending a framework for prioritizing, planning and implementing energy-efficiency projects to the JTA Sustainability Committee. Phillip’s energy-efficiency and water conservation recommendations have the potential to save JTA $18,000 in energy costs, reduce 740,000 gallons of water and 50 metric tons of CO2 emissions.

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