Best Management Practice: Climate Change
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Broward County Climate Change Element

On February 12, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners took a progressive step forward in planning for community resilience and the long-term sustainability of Broward’s environment and economy with adoption of a Climate Change Element (Element) as part of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.  The Element outlines strategies to mitigate the causes, and address the local implications of impacts the County is already experiencing related to extreme weather and sea level rise. Updates to the County Land Use Plan, which considers public and private property vulnerability to sea level rise and impacts to public infrastructure, were also adopted.

The Element provides a planning framework for local governments to who want to incorporate the economic, environmental, and social planning decisions into their own Comprehensive Plans that contemplate and ready our community for changes in the physical environment.

The adoption of the Element moves Broward County moves one step closer to building a more sustainable, resource efficient, and climate resilient community.

     Download   the Broward County Climate Change Element (GOPs)

     Download   the Broward County Climate Change Element (support document)

     Download   the Broward County Land Use Amendment for Climate Change

     Download   the Priority Planning Areas for Sea Level Rise Map

Seal of Sustainability
Any county agency or division that has a program or project that might meet the triple bottom line of sustainability can go online and download the program criteria for review. The program criteria standardize how programs or projects qualify for the Go Green Seal of Sustainability. The Application For Use is located on the BC-Net under Forms scroll down to Environmental Protection and Growth Management.

Broward County Climate Change Task Force
Meeting schedule and notes posted. More...

Climate Change and Water Management in South Florida (2009)
Report by the South Florida Water Management District (PDF)

Florida Climate Center
The Florida Climate Center is affiliated with the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, NC and the Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC) in Columbia, SC. The Florida Climate Center provides the state of Florida with information regarding: Climate Data; Climate Information; Extreme Events; Special Analysis and Outreach. More…

Florida Center for Environmental Studies (Florida Atlantic University)
Events, reports, news and podcasts on climate change, sea level rise and other locally relevant environmental issues. More...

Georgetown Climate Center: Adaptation Clearinghouse
One of the best databases on the topic, has over 60 adaptation resources list for Florida, and more nationwide. Up-to-date and growing! Join to add your information and resources to the list for other’s to reference as well. More...

Southeast Florida Climate Compact
An on-going collaborative effort between Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe & Palm Beach Counties to foster sustainability and climate resilience at a regional scale. More...
Unified Sea Level Rise Projection for Southeast Florida (2011) report (PDF) 
Draft Regional Climate Action Plan (2012) (PDF)

Surging Seas: A Project of Climate Central

Rhode Island Climate Change Commission 2012 Report 
This report, "Adapting to Climate Change in the Ocean State: A Starting Point", summarizes key climate risks in Rhode Island and explores current and projected impacts on human health, public and private infrastructure, and the environment. More...

Climate Change Indicators, EPA 2012 Report
An informative and easy to understand synthesis of the latest in climate science and the 26 indicators Environmental Protection Agency uses to track signs of climate change. Great graphics and a summary page for each indicator makes this a must read for anyone interested, planning for, and communicating about, climate change. More...   

Just Released in English and Spanish: Climate Literacy-The Essential Principles of Climate Science Guide
Climate Literacy-The Essential Principles of Climate Science Guide by U.S. Global Change Research Program presents important information for individuals and communities to understand Earth's climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches for adapting and mitigating change. Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The publication was made available in English and Spanish language. 

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