Broward County
United States

Population: 1838844
Area of jurisdiction: 3427 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 82% by 2050 (2003) 7% by 2015 (1997)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2011 ):  239,596 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 1997, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Mitigation actions

The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact - compact signing
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact was executed by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties in January 2010 to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines. The Compact represents a new form of regional climate governance designed to allow local governments to set the agenda for adaptation while providing an efficient means for state and federal agencies to engage with technical assistance and support. Start year 2009
Sector Other Emissions
Type Organizational/Governance
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Gov Ops 2012 Progress Report
Broward County government agencies reported 58 GHG emission reduction measures in FY2011, resulting in reduced annual GHG emissions from existing facilities and operations by 5,781 tonnes eCO2. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
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Gov Ops 2011 Progress Report
Broward County government agencies reported 64 GHG emission reduction measures in FY2010, resulting in a net reduction of 191 tonnes of GHG emissions compared with the previous year. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
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Gov Ops 2010 Progress Report
During this reporting period, Broward County exceeded the annual reduction target with a reduction of 8,130 tonnes eCO2 from 2008 levels. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status  
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Gov Ops 2009 Progress Report
In 2008, Broward County met and exceeded its annual reduction goal with an estimated reduction of 10,184 tonnes eCO2. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
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Airport Sustainability Management Plan
Through funding from the Federal Airport Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), planning staff at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) Airport will develop an Airport Sustainability Management Plan over the next two years. The grant is intended to help airports to operate more efficiently and be more environmentally friendly. Sustainability improvements may include: reducing noise in the surrounding communities, improving water and air quality, reducing energy consumption through the use of alternative fuels for vehicles, installing light sensors to automatically turn off lights and reduce energy use, using environmentally friendly “green” products at airport facilities and promoting land uses that attract businesses and industries that can benefit from being near an airport. In South Florida, adaptation for sea level rise and strategies to cope with the increased risk of flooding and infrastructure inundation may also be explored. Start year 2012
Sector Facilities
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Airport Expansion - sustainable construction
Many sustainable construction practices are currently being used at Fort Lauderdale International Airport’s Runway Expansion Project. For example, greenhouse gas emissions were substantially reduced by the creation of a temporary connection between the airport and the FEC rail line for bringing in fill and other construction materials. Materials recycling, erosion control, tree canopy preservation, and energy conservation strategies are also employed. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Broward County B-cycle (Bicycle Sharing)
The first County-scale bike sharing program in the U.S. A partnership between Broward County, Trek Bicycle, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, and Humana, Inc. Funding is also made available from an intermodal grant in the amount of $311,000 from Florida Department of Transportation. Broward B-cycle opened on December 14, 2011 with stations in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, and installed seven new stations in March of 2012. The network connects Hallandale, Hollywood, Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, and Pompano Beach. With 26 stations and 275 B-cycles currently in the system, Broward B-cycle serves over 9,836 registered users, 342 annual members, and in its first six months of operation has prevented 53,962 lbs of CO2 from being put in the air by helping users bike 56,466 miles instead of going by car. Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Training and Inspection of Energy Efficient Construction
Through a DOE EECBG Grant, Broward County and the video production arm of the Broward County School Board produced three educational videos focusing on “green” energy efficient construction materials, methods and compliance options. Each video was tailored for a different target market: 1) the general public, 2) the construction industry professional, and 3) the construction regulatory professional. The video for the general public focused on what the average homeowner could do, either through equipment purchasing or construction retrofitting to improve energy savings and increase conservation. The video for construction industry professionals (such as architects, designers and Contractors) focused on incorporating “green” elements into designs, blueprints and the final construction phase to produce energy savings for their clients. The video for construction regulatory professionals focused on existing and pending building code requirements that support “green” construction practices. The videos were used in conjunction with a public outreach campaign focused on “green”, energy efficient construction materials, methods, and options complying with Florida Building Code and Standards. Thirty (30) workshops were hosted to a variety of audiences including homeowners, condo and civic associations (10 workshops) industry regulatory boards and professional associations (10 workshops) and contractor, technical and vocational schools (10 workshops). Over 1,000 CFL and 80 LED light bulbs were distributed at the workshops as incentives to begin conserving energy. The videos will continue to be displayed on plasma TV’s in the customer waiting area of the Permitting, Licensing and Consumer Protection Division and the waiting area of the Contractor Licensing and Enforcement license renewal counter. Start year 2011
Sector Buildings
Type Regulatory
Status  
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Public Outreach Campaign – Energy Conservation in Transportation
As part of a DOE EECBG Grant, Broward County developed a campaign to increase public awareness of the value of public transit as an affordable, efficient, and climate friendly transportation alternative. The Campaign began in early-October 2011 and lasted through July 2012. Campaign promotions included: radio, newspaper, outdoor bus shelter ads (10 high-traffic locations), exterior bus wrap ads (49 buses), interior ads (300 buses), direct mail (3,500 households). The campaign reached an amazing audience size: over 3,000,000 through Mass Media (print and radio) and an average of 302,000 web hits a month (internet). Transit Information was distributed at 70 outreach events reaching close to 6,000 current and non-transit riders. Interior bus placards and information rack cards reached 28,000,000 riders. And Guerrilla Marketing techniques, such as chalk stenciling the energy campaign messages onto sidewalks at hospitals, government buildings, libraries, universities and other city-owned locations. Impact of the campaign on the ridership of public transit: The total year-to-date fixed-route ridership had an increase of 6.8% during the campaign period. Start year 2011
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Climate Change Action Plan – Progress in Implementation
Of the 126 recommendations advanced by the Climate Change Task Force through the 2010 Climate Change Action Plan, 1 is completed with no further action required, 47 are completed and will be repeated annually, 30 are in progress, 28 are initiated, and 20 are being considered for future focus. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Recycling Goal: 75% by 2030
Comprehenisve Plan Policy 6.1.2. Broward County, in cooperation with municipal partners, shall pursue programs to meet the State of Florida goal of recycling seventy-five percent of municipal solid waste (including net waste combusted) by 2030. These programs may include, but are not limited to, the following: (see link) Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status  
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Turnkey Energy Efficiency Finance and Service Program
In 2010 Broward County staff developed a "Energy Efficiency Finance Strategies" report, per the Commission’s request, with recommendations for the creation, funding, and administration of a County program consistent with State of Florida House Bill 7179 related to the authorization of local Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs. Staff presented this report to the Commission in January of 2011, and was directed to develop a template for a model Broward Energy Efficiency Program. In late spring of 2011, the Federal Housing Administration reported that the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) would not purchase mortgages with PACE liens. This effectively stalled the development of PACE-like programs throughout the country. As of May 2012, Broward County is soliciting Request for Letters of Interest (RLI) to identify alternative financing options for establishing an energy efficiency program. The purpose of the RLI solicitation is to engage a firm in a public/private partnership to provide third party administrator services to deliver financing targeted at energy conservation and efficiency retrofits for the homeowners and businesses of Broward County, while minimizing the County’s financial contribution and exposure. The intent of the program is to provide a turnkey service for those property owners voluntarily choosing to make their home or small business more energy efficient and to offer a form of financing that is demonstrated to broaden community interest and access to energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. These types of programs can often provide more attractive terms than a traditional home improvement loan through interest rates, repayment schedule, and credit requirements. The proposed program may potentially expand beyond Broward County’s borders to include interested Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact partner counties to meet mutual economic and environmental goals in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. Start year 2010
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Planning for Electric Vehicle Charging and Infrastructure - Regional
SFRPC, Gold Coast Clean Cities and its partners applied for and was awarded a $500K planning grant by the Department of Energy. Grant goals: – Plan and implement policies for the development of regional charging infrastructure to prepare communities for successful deployment of plug-in electric drive vehicles (EVs) – Stimulate community-based EV infrastructure readiness planning and implementation activities in anticipation of larger electric vehicle deployment efforts in the futureA seven-county regional planning effort. Participation will enable market expansion and remove barriers to EV and infrastructure adoption in Southeast Florida. Five teams will focus on: – Fleet adoption, – Policy/permitting, – Infrastructure development, – Education & outreach, – U.S. 1 corridor demonstration project Plan due December 2012 Start year 2012
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge
Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge is a U.S. Department of Energy grant-funded program that makes it easier for Broward County residents and businesses to convert to solar energy, by reducing the cost and wait time associated with the installation process for photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solar systems. Solar energy has long-term economic and environmental benefits, but the traditional application and permitting process for PV systems, which varies across Broward’s 31 municipalities, can be a barrier to those interested in retrofitting their home or business for increased energy efficiency. Go SOLAR Broward Rooftop Solar Challenge removes that barrier by offering home and business owners and/or their contractors a streamlined, online application system with standardized fees, and uniform interconnection to utility systems. Broward County is one of only 22 governments in the nation to receive funding for the SunShot program. Several state and local organizations are also participating in the program, including Florida Power & Light, Broward County School Board, Broward League of Cities, Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals, State Office of Energy, and Florida Solar Energy Center. Start year 2012
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Energy Sense Public Outreach Campaign
An Energy Efficiency and Conservation Campaign. The ‘One’ campaign encouraged viewers to do one thing, every day to save money and the environment. The full multi-media campaign utilized the following: Bus ads, Billboards, Radio Traffic Sponsorships including the Fort Lauderdale Air Show, General Radio Market and NPR, Google ‘Pay-Per-Click’ Campaign, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Cable TV and the Haitian Media. The final number of ‘impressions’ was 9,058,805. Public outreach also included participation in events and presentations to schools, municipalities, parks, corporate operation facilities, and organizations. The ENERGY SENSE program reached over 3,960 residents, students and teachers. Start year 2011
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Broward County's Energy Sense Appliance Rebate Program
The objectives of the rebate program were to reduce the County’s overall energy consumption and GHG emissions, stimulate the economy and help save residents and businesses money. The rebate program has been successful in meeting these program objectives. In 2011 and 2012, the County distributed $470,000 to 2,300 businesses and households. The rebate program generated an energy savings of 334,000 MWh, and a water savings of 6.2 million gallons annually. The program has resulted in a total GHG reduction of 7,700 metric tons. The benefits of the rebate program transcended cost savings and increased participant awareness of how to save energy. The rebate program generated more than $2.5 million in economic stimulus and approximately $142,000 in tax revenues in the South Florida economy. Through the purchase of energy saving appliances and completion of FPL energy audits, the rebate program will result in an average annual savings of $80 per household. The appliance rebate program provided an average cost savings of 22% for residents and businesses for the purchased appliances. Further, what started as a county wide program became a model for the region and exemplifies inter-county collaborative successes. Start year  
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
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Sustainability Stewards of Broward - Professional Peer Exchange
A peer-exchange network of almost 200 energy managers, water engineers, city planners, elected officials, green builders and architects, urban farmers, academic administrators and citizens from the tri- county area. The group comes together in workshops throughout the year to discuss program goals and challenges, share success stories, and discover opportunities for collaboration. These local professionals have begun to share resources, advise, and lessons learned through the a workshop series and online clearinghouse. The program has, in just 1 years’ time, begun to build the relationships and organizational vehicle for community-wide coordination on sustainability initiatives and climate change action that had not existed before. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Online Clearinghouse of Best Management Practices
The web-based Sustainability Clearinghouse, housed on the County’s GoGreen website, is a new tool for local governments to use for sharing best practices and advancing their local sustainability initiatives. Best practices in a variety of fields related to sustainability are highlighted on the site, especially focusing on locally based programs and solutions. The clearinghouse also includes information on relevant organizations and reports, upcoming events and potential funding sources. The site is expected to be a useful resource for Broward professionals and citizens interested increasing the effectiveness of their green programs. The Clearinghouse is evidence of the collaborative working environment the County has helped foster among local city sustainability managers over the last couple of years. The site is hosted by the County, but members of the Sustainability Stewards of Broward, a sustainability peer-networking group facilitated by the County, can contribute to the site. Professionals in the areas of city and transportation planning, energy and water management, urban reforestation and farming, green architecture and building, climate change and other topics related to sustainability have begun to share resources, advise, and lessons learned through the Clearinghouse and a series of workshops co-hosted by the County and local municipalities throughout the year. Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Community-wide Energy and Sustainability Survey
In the spring of 2011, Broward County’s Energy and Sustainability Program reached out to our 31 municipalities to gather information on the scope and diversity of energy efficiency initiatives and sustainability programs implemented throughout our community. Questions covered many topics, including: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Energy Conservation and Production, Transportation and the Built Environment, Water Use and Conservation, Waste Reduction and Recycling, and Climate Change Adaptation Planning. We found that, collectively, local governments in Broward County have taken significant strides in implementing energy conservation measures and sustainability initiatives. With full participation, the survey has won a 2012 NACo Achievement Award for “Promoting intergovernmental cooperation and coordination in addressing shared problems”, and “Providing information that facilitates effective public policy making”. The report, Sustainability in Broward County Florida: Local Government in Action, summarizes the outcomes of the survey. The report illuminates general trends in program direction, priorities, and funding, but more importantly, highlight success stories, identify best management practices, and propose opportunities for future community-wide collaboration and program advancement. The results are more than informative - they are inspiring! Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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The Southeast Florida Regional Partnership
Funded through a grant from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, the Partnership is a collaboration of more than 200 public, private, and civic stakeholders from the Southeast Florida 7 county region (Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River). Spearheaded by the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils, the Partnership has united to leverage resources and coordinate strategic long-term planning to drive competitiveness and prosperity for the region. A plan called Seven50 (“seven counties, 50 years”) is being developed to help ensure socially inclusive communities, a vibrant and resilient economy, and stewardship of our fragile ecosystem. The plan will aim to improve the quality of life for the over six million residents in the seven-county region by developing strategies for: greater opportunities for sustained job creation, access to affordable housing, a better menu of transportation options, and more people-friendly, environment-friendly places to live. The plan is intended to be a blueprint for growing a more prosperous, more desirable Southeast Florida during the next 50 years and beyond. Start year 2012
Sector Other Emissions
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Partnership with the School Board of Broward County
Since 2007, Broward County has partnered with the School Board of Broward County to actively promote water conservation and environmental stewardship through the County’s NatureScape program. Today, more than 40% of Broward’s schools are Certified Schoolyard Habitats, over 25% of the student body is active in outdoor learning, and 110 teachers have completed Habitat Steward Training and are implementing environmental curriculum with their students. Teachers and students also take the “Earth Hero Pledge”, were they learn about waste reduction and recycling, water conservation and the use of native plants, energy conservation and the connection with climate change, land stewardship, walking and biking, and other ways to positively impact their environment. Beyond the numerous benefits of education, the partnership has also made significant physical progress on making the schools’ properties more sustainable. Thirty-five learning gardens have been created on middle school campuses, which contributed to the School District recently achieving certification as the largest certified school district in the nation by the National Wildlife Federation. The program has also helped save over 166 million gallons of water on school properties though irrigation assessments, and plants approximately 700 native trees and shrubs at middle schools every year. Start year 2007
Sector Other Emissions
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Broward County Community-wide GHG Emissions Inventory
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Sector Other Emissions
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Climate Change Government Operations Work Group
The Broward County Climate Change Government Operations Workgroup focuses on identifying opportunities across Broward County agencies to reduce carbon emissions from County government activities. The Workgroup includes representatives from many County agencies, organized into committees in the areas of buildings/infrastructure, waste, transportation, natural systems, and policies. Initial activities included review of government operations in the context of carbon emissions, setting of an emissions reduction goal (7% below the 1997 baseline by 2015), and development of a baseline governmental greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The Workgroup Steering Committee meets monthly to identify potential emission reduction actions, propose implementation of selected actions, and share progress made. Start year  
Sector Facilities
Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact - Regional GHG Inventory
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact represents a joint commitment of Broward, Miami‐Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties to work collaboratively to address the regional challenges and threats associated with global climate change. The Compact was ratified in January 2010 after its introduction at the 2009 Southeast Florida Climate Leadership Summit, coordinated and hosted by Broward County. The Compact commits the Counties to work on federal and state climate policies and joint advocacy in Tallahassee and Washington, DC on climate policies related to the shared challenges of climate change. Accomplishments include a regional greenhouse gas emissions inventory, a unified sea level rise projection for the region, development of regionally consistent methodologies for inundation mapping and vulnerability assessment, joint policy positions on climate change and the development of a Regional Climate Change Action Plan. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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Land Stewardship Program
Through the Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division , this program ensures compliance with land management plans and grant agreements supporting the “Partners in Preservation” and “Parks for People” programs. Natural lands and green spaces purchased through the most recent Land Preservation Bond Program reflect a $200 million investment in green infrastructure. Although the total monetary value is not known, Broward’s publicly‐ and privately owned landscaping is an important part of our urban forest, providing natural and quality of life benefits relating to community health, maintaining and improving property values, stormwater management, windstorm impact mitigation, reduction of heat island effects, shading to reduce energy use, carbon sequestration, support of migratory birds and other natural and wildlife benefits. A recently completed Natural Lands Inventory will aid urban reforestation efforts and the identification and prioritization of sites for additional ecological enhancement. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Water Matters Day
This annual environmental event promotes water conservation, water quality protection, and environmental sustainability through individual practices and community efforts. Supported by local governments, water utilities, drainage districts, state agencies, businesses, and non‐profit organizations, this single‐day event draws more than 3,000 citizens each year. Start year 2003
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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NatureScape Irrigation Service
Jointly funded by Broward County Water and Wastewater Services and 18 local water utilities. The program targets large water users, including government facilities, parks, schools, and homeowner associations where the greatest potential exists for significant water savings. Irrigation specialists review the existing irrigation system design and operations, measure system efficiencies, and quantify current water consumption. Property managers are then provided with specific recommendations to help reduce water consumption through modifications to the system and the landscape. Since its inception in 2005, the NIS has conducted 1,291 evaluations resulting in Actual Water Savings of over 658 million gallons. Start year 2005
Sector Facilities
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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NatureScape Broward
This program promotes water conservation, water quality protection, and the creation of wildlife habitat through Florida‐friendly landscape practices that encourage the prudent use of water resources, and the planting of native, non‐invasive, and other drought‐tolerant plants in Broward County. NatureScape certification recognizes landscapes that are designed and maintained in accordance with the NatureScape Broward principles. Program efforts include extensive programming, lectures, workshops, professional training and certifications, educational booths and event participation. In 2005, Broward County became the first county in the nation to achieve certification as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation based on the achievements of the NatureScape Broward Program. There are currently 2985 certified NatureScape landscapes in Broward County. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

The Fifth Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
Broward County can use the hosting of the 2013 Summit to launch a public outreach campaign to engage all of Southeast Florida in the conversation about our risks, our opportunities, and our future in a changing world. While previous summits have attracted 150 – 300 high-level decision makers each year, no small success in its own regard, the next summit could focus on maintaining this strategic inclusion and involvement, while exploring new strategies to engage a broader segment of the general public. Using a multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-media approach, the 2013 Summit can be the focal point of a new outreach campaign aimed to increase understanding by the general public of the unique risks of climate change to Southeast Florida’s 5.5 million residents, the vulnerability to our public and private investments, and the strategies to ensure long-term sustainability of our economy and natural environment. (full proposal attached) Start year 2013
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Looking for Funding
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2nd, 3rd, and 4th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summits
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact is a joint commitment of Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties to partner in mitigating the causes and adapting to the consequences of climate change. The 2nd Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit was held October 29, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Participants came together to reaffirm the commitment made in 2009 and review the progress made in the past year. http://www.miamidade.gov/green/library/climate-meeting-agenda.pdf The 3rd Annual Southeast Florida Climate Leadership Summit, was held December 8 - 9, 2011 in Key Largo. At the 2011 Summit, the draft Regional Climate Action Plan was unveiled. http://fl-monroecounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=525 The 4th Annual Southeast Florida Climate Leadership Summit is scheduled for December 6-7, 2012 in Palm Beach County. http://southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org/ Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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The First Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
The first Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit, held October 23, 2009, was hosted by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in partnership with Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. Participating were local officials, federal and state legislators, regional transportation, planning and water management authorities, and members of the regional Climate Change/Green Task Forces for the four counties. The purpose of this precedent-setting summit was to develop a regional collaboration that will support a coordinated climate change strategy. The event convened the elected leadership of southeast Florida for a focused dialog on the regional challenges and threats associated with global climate change and to set the state for adoption and implementation of a regional climate compact. The program featured speakers of national stature on climate change policy, as well as speakers on local mitigation and adaptation challenges. At the conclusion of the summit, the four participating County representatives endorsed a landmark Regional Climate Change Compact, later approved by all 4 county commissions, in which they agreed to an ongoing collaboration on regional climate change issues. The Summit was attended by over 300 individuals including 56 elected officials at the municipal, county, state and federal levels, representatives of 34 municipalities, the regional planning agencies, and members of the respective county-wide Climate Change/Green Task Forces. The Summit provided an opportunity for elected leaders to address global climate change issues on a local and regional level and initiated local collaborative dialog on shared concerns. It also increased education and awareness across governmental boundaries and highlighted areas where regional collaboration can be beneficial to the partnering agencies. Start year 2009
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Adaptation Action Area - defined in State law
In January 2011, the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact Counties jointly advocated to the Florida Legislature for the definition of Adaptation Action Areas in Florida law. On May 8, 2011, the Florida Legislature adopted the Community Planning Act, HB 720, which provides for a definition of Adaptation Action Areas. Subsequent to state action, the concept of Adaptation Action planning moved to the federal level. On May 13, 2011 members of Congress signed onto a letter supporting the definition of Adaptation Action Area in federal law and requesting funds to study, define and designate several Adaptation Action Areas. On July 6, 2011, the Compact Counties requested consideration by Congress to fund Adaptation Action Areas through the Interior and Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. "Adaptation action area" or "adaptation area" is an optional comprehensive plan designation for areas that experience coastal flooding and that are vulnerable to the related impacts of rising sea levels for the purpose of prioritizing funding for infrastructure needs and adaptation planning. Start year  
Sector Infrastructure
Type Regulatory
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Conservation Pays - Toilet Rebate Program
A partnership between Broward County and 17 cities and water utilities throughout the county. We have set a goal to save 30 million gallons of water per day through toilet rebates. Start year  
Sector Water Resources
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Broward County 2012 Enhanced Local Mitigation Strategy
The County has been working to connect emergency management and climate change planning. The new Broward County 2012 Enhanced Local Mitigation Strategy (eLMS) includes a new subsection on climate change and sea level rise in the Risk Assessment chapter, and utilizes wind, flood, and sea level rise hazard risk information in a new Economic Vulnerability chapter. In addition, the eLMS has made the following connections and commitments to link emergency management and planning or climate change: • Takes into consideration the effects of climate change on other risks evaluated, such as future flood conditions, drought, wildfire, coastal erosion, storm surge and hurricane wind speeds; • Supports the Climate Change Government Operations Group on 16 actions that overlap with hazard mitigation from the 2010 Climate Change Action Plan; • Commits to reinforce the Climate Change Task Force’s Adaptation Action Areas for long term planning; and • Incorporates consideration of sea level rise and climate change in criteria used in the Loss Estimation Tool (LET), which helps measure cost-effectiveness and screen potential mitigation projects for FEMA mitigation programs. The eLMS is but one example of how the County is working to integrate hazard mitigation into comprehensive planning and capital improvement planning. The County’s Emergency Management Division, Risk Management Division and Government Operations Climate Change group are working collaboratively to better include hazard mitigation into annual decisions about county growth, investment, and redevelopment. Start year 2012
Sector Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact - Regional Vulnerability Assessment
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact represents a joint commitment of Broward, Miami‐Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties to work collaboratively to address the regional challenges and threats associated with global climate change. The Compact was ratified in January 2010 after its introduction at the 2009 Southeast Florida Climate Leadership Summit, coordinated and hosted by Broward County. The Compact commits the Counties to work on federal and state climate policies and joint advocacy in Tallahassee and Washington, DC on climate policies related to the shared challenges of climate change. Accomplishments include a regional greenhouse gas emissions inventory, a unified sea level rise projection for the region, development of regionally‐consistent methodologies for inundation mapping and vulnerability assessment, joint policy positions on climate change and the development of a Regional Climate Change Action Plan. Start year  
Sector Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
Type Assessment/Research
Status Completed
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The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact - Unified Sea Level Rise Projection
The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact represents a joint commitment of Broward, Miami‐Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties to work collaboratively to address the regional challenges and threats associated with global climate change. The Compact was ratified in January 2010 after its introduction at the 2009 Southeast Florida Climate Leadership Summit, coordinated and hosted by Broward County. The Compact commits the Counties to work on federal and state climate policies and joint advocacy in Tallahassee and Washington, DC on climate policies related to the shared challenges of climate change. Accomplishments include a regional greenhouse gas emissions inventory, a unified sea level rise projection for the region, development of regionally‐consistent methodologies for inundation mapping and vulnerability assessment, joint policy positions on climate change and the development of a Regional Climate Change Action Plan. Start year  
Sector Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Advanced Hydrologic Modeling with USGS
In specific support of the County’s climate adaptation planning efforts, we have secured cost share support from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to develop a climate/stormwater vulnerability model that will provide a comprehensive assessment of the climate related impacts of sea level rise and increased intensity of storms on water management infrastructure and practices in coastal and inland Broward County. As part of this 4‐year project, the County’s integrated surface and groundwater model will be coupled with variable density flow and transport models and down‐scaled climate models to evaluate the projected impacts of climate change to vulnerable coastal and inland areas to identify and test various adaptation strategies necessary to maintain current levels of flood protection. The results of this project are expected to guide future adaptation strategies and investments in infrastructure recognized to enhance the resiliency of the Broward community to climate change. Start year 2012
Sector Infrastructure
Type Assessment/Research
Status In progress
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Energy and Sustainability Program
Through the Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division , this program plays a central role in addressing climate change in Broward as part of the County’s commitment to build climate resiliency into local programs and long‐term plans. Since 2008, the Energy and Sustainability Program within NRPMD has substantially advanced the County’s climate mitigation and adaptation goals by:  Leveraging Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds,  Tracking progress on the implementation of the County’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP),  Advancing various aspects of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact), and  Coordinating activities with local, national, and international institutions for the creation of best available information for adaptation planning and decision-making. This broad collaboration encourages the pooling of resources and expertise in pursuing effective climate change strategies. Broward County’s energy and sustainability initiatives and regional approach to climate mitigation and adaptation planning have received national recognition and accolades for innovative and forward‐thinking approaches to addressing South Florida’s vulnerability to climate change. Start year 2008
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Beach and Marine Resources
Through the Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, this program is responsible for coral reef management, beach erosion control, and the protection of sea turtles and manatees. Preservation of our coral reefs and marine ecosystems are heavily dependent on the adaptive capacity of these systems to climate change. With coral populations already compromised by the influences of pollution and disease, marine resources managers are tasked with the challenge of identifying and implementing strategies for reducing these stressors and increasing ecosystem resiliency to the additional pressures from climate change, such as increasing ocean temperatures and ocean acidification. The Beach Program is also responsible for restoring and maintaining the County's publicly‐accessible beaches to provide adequate storm protection, sea turtle nesting habitat, and recreational opportunities. Beach management efforts are also challenged by the effects of climate change. Rising sea level and more intense tropical events will enhance the rate of additional beach erosion and likely necessitate more frequent beach nourishment projects. Recognizing the importance of the County’s beaches to protecting coastal infrastructure, Broward County has committed to maintaining its beaches as an important climate adaptation strategy. Start year  
Sector Coastal zones/Marine Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Water Resources Policy and Planning
Through the Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division, this program coordinates countywide water quality initiatives and water resource management activities. Planning efforts consider multiple challenges, including future water availability, ocean outfall legislation, and climate change impacts such as increased saltwater intrusion and increased risk of flooding. Outreach and education is advanced through the Broward Water Conservation and Incentives Program, NatureScape Irrigation Service, and NatureScape Broward programs. Advanced hydrologic modeling and research is used to analyze future conditions, guide development of alternative water supplies, and help identify climate change adaptation strategies. Start year  
Sector Water Resources
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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