Broward is a Certified 4-STAR Community

Recognized for National Excellence in Sustainability

Do you want to live in one of the most beautiful, progressive, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable communities in the nation? Well, if you live in Broward County, you already do!

STAR stands for Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating communities. In 2013, Broward County participated in a year-long Pilot Program to test the new national rating system. Our Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division led the initiative, collecting data from more than 30 different county departments and community partners.

In the Spotlight

Broward County Launches Corporate Sustainability Network (CSN)

This February, Broward’s Environment Planning and Community Resilience Division launched a new peer exchange program for leaders in the business community focused on sustainability. The event was hosted by Broward County, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.  Over 60 individuals, representing local businesses, national corporations, and state and local government agencies, came together to discuss present challenges and discover opportunities to better collaborate across sectors and jurisdictions toward shared environmental, economic and social goals.  Participants engaged in active discussions focused around 3 main areas of sustainability: Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency, Waste & Recycling, and Green Hospitality & Food Recovery. Groups looked at successful programs and case studies to find ways to enhance individual efforts and gain benefit from the support of other local businesses and community partners.

Since then, the Green Hospitality & Food Recovery workgroup has meet bi-monthly, taken a tour of a Feeding South Florida distribution facility, and had face-to-face meetings with food and nutrition staff at both Broward County Public Schools and Nova Southeastern University. The group will continue to find large events, venues, and institutions they can offer support in establishing food recovery plans, developing relationships with local food banks, creating onsite and mobile food pantries, and collaborative public outreach via educational and volunteer opportunities.
To join the Corporate Sustainability Network and receive updates, invitations to events and collaborative projects, email


New Junior Sustainability Stewards Program Launches this FALL!

Broward is one of fifteen local governments across the United States to be awarded a 2017 Partners for Places matching grant to support sustainability education and youth leadership in an afterschool program in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). The new Junior Sustainability Stewards of Broward Program will teach high school students science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, empower them to advocate for their neighborhoods and solve local environmental issues. Youth will learn how to investigate environmental challenges and develop their own scientific solutions. The Sustainability Stewards of Broward Program is a network of more than 500 sustainability professionals working in the region who will mentor and provide experiential learning and technical advice. Participants will produce scientific research and exhibits, ultimately competing for scholarships to work in science-based sustainable careers through paid internships. "This program will serve as a conduit to connect youth residing in a lower income community to a career path in environmental science," said Samantha Danchuk, Ph.D., Assistant Director of Environmental Planning Community Resilience. "We are excited to provide the opportunity to mentor students by professional environmental stewards."

For more information about the new Jr. SSB Program, and how you can participate as a local mentor, email


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