How It All Started
Climate change has been a key focal area for Broward County for the past eight years. In 2008, Broward County passed a resolution which establishes a community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 80 percent below 2007 emissions by 2050.
It Began With a Plan
In 2009, our Climate Change Task Force engaged hundreds of local experts and citizens to draft our first Climate Change Action Plan. It was published in 2010, and we have been actively implementing the 126 recommended actions across all agencies. In 2015, the plan was updated through a similar process for the next five years – so we can continue to make progress!
The Climate Change Action Plan 2015 has nearly 100 actions to be implemented by 2020.
If you are interested in attending the next Task Force meeting, or learning more, visit the Task Force page.
The Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division supports the Task Force and plays a central role in addressing the County's Climate Change Action Plan and managing regional climate and energy initiatives through the Energy and Sustainability Program.
Regional Climate Action
We are a proud partner of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. The 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.
In 2014, the Compact was designated a Climate Action Champion by the White House.
The Compact hosts an annual Regional Climate Leadership Summit. Learn more and download materials and recordings from the 2015 Summit. The 9th Annual Summit was hosted by Broward County in December 2017.
Integrating Climate Action
Broward County became the first local government to create a stand-alone climate change element as part of our Comprehensive Plan. The Climate Change Element is a coordinated initiative consisting of 82 environmental policies which consider how the community will best adapt to and mitigate for the economic, environmental, and social effects of climate change.
It was so innovative it won the National Planning Excellence Award for Environmental Planning by the American Planning Association. To learn more, watch the Award Video.