Broward County is committed to taking action to being a good steward of the environment. County Programs that bear the coveted Seal of Sustainability meet the triple bottom line of sustainability: Environment, Economy and Community.
The Go Green Seal of Sustainability program identifies initiatives that provide better government today to ensure the future of Broward County’s environment, economy, and community. The program is used to gather the County’s qualifying green programs and projects under a single brand to highlight the County sustainability efforts, to demonstrate to the public our government’s commitment to sustainable operation, and to spread the culture of sustainability. The Go Green Seal of Sustainability program offers agencies an opportunity to associate the “go green footprint” logo with their sustainability projects, as a seal of sustainability. The program encourages all departments, divisions and employees to think about how their efforts meet the triple bottom line.
How the Program Works
Any county agency or division that has a program or project that might meet the triple bottom line of sustainability should download the Program Criteria for Review.
Programs and projects are required to meet all three of the project criteria which relate to the components of the sustainability triple bottom line. Projects must be able to articulate their environmental, community, and economic benefit. At least one benefit must be quantifiable.
The second step in the process for those agencies meeting the Seal of Sustainability program criteria and wishing to use the “go green footprint” logo must complete an Application. The application can be found on the Broward County intranet “BC-Net” under forms, and then scroll down to Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department.
Completed applications are submitted to the Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, and reviewed and approved by Energy and Sustainability Program staff.
Once project approval is given, agencies may use the “Go Green footprint” logo on their program communications and marketing materials, include the footprint icon next to related commission agenda items appearing on the printed agenda, and are encouraged to add a sustainability statement to the promulgated cost box on any printed materials.
The Seal of Sustainability program is a 2014 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award Winner!
List of Certified Projects
Green Lights Program
The Green Lights Program improves traffic flow of vehicles, mass transit, pedestrians and bicycles by re-timing and coordinating traffic signals along our major and most frequently traveled roadways, thus reducing delays and stops. This gives the community the opportunity to experience more continuous green-lights throughout their trips and improve overall travel times. As a result, this Program helps to reduce about 660,000 metric tons a year of GHG Emissions in the environment and about $31 million a year in fuel consumption. Additionally the program supports safety and mobility goals by evaluating pedestrian and bicycle-related signal needs, as well as implementing Transit Signal Priority (TSP) that helps keep buses on schedule. More...
Go SOLAR Renewable Fest
Broward County is the host of the Go SOLAR Renewable Energy Fest 2014 on June 6-7, in the LEED Certified Broward County Convention Center. The County’s Pollution Prevention Remediation and Air Quality Division (PPRAQD) is coordinating the event on behalf of the Go SOLAR Florida Team which was presented a SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II award from the U.S. Department of Energy. PPRAQD is anticipating over 2,000 attendees and 75 exhibitors. This FREE public education event will feature information on alternative and renewable energy, focusing on the latest technologies, financing options, and the creation of renewable energy jobs. More...
Water and Wastewater Services (WWS) Cogeneration
Cogeneration, or combined heat and power, is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source; it provides onsite generation of electrical power. The WWS Cogeneration project will reduce the wastewater treatment plant's annual energy consumption by 12,000,000 kWh; its carbon emissions by over 8,000 tons each year; and provide a dedicated facility for the disposal of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG), a by-product of restaurants that often clog sewer pipes. It works by installation of a generator fired with renewable biogas, now flared, to offset purchased electricity and injection of FOG into digesters enhancing biogas production and increasing the amount of electricity generated.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Strategy lays out a guideline for expanding the available Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) infrastructure in Broward County by utilizing the comprehensive planning process and collaborating between various agencies and organizations, such as the Southeast Florida Clean Cities Coalition, Florida Power & Light, Florida Department of Transportation, Zero Emissions Market Acceleration Partnership, and more. Electric vehicles run 70% cleaner than gasoline-powered vehicles, and over the vehicle lifetime offer 35% lower maintenance costs, 80% lower fuel costs, and 30% lower repair costs making them economically and environmentally smart. Outlined in the strategy are specific actions to help increase our PEV infrastructure countywide.
LEED Airport Maintenance Facility
The LEED Airport Maintenance Facility will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards resulting in a 23% reduction of electrical use, 35% reduction of water use, and will reduce operational cost by $30,000/year. Over 85% of demolition and construction waste will be recycled and upon completion, this facility will employ green pest management and green indoor cleaning programs. Rooftop parking allows for reduced building footprint requiring a smaller site area for the project and includes alternative fuel designated parking. Communication is key when it comes to airport maintenance; consolidating staff in a single facility provides even better service.
The Voluntary Residential Sound Insulation Program
The Voluntary Residential Sound Insulation Program offers all eligible residential properties and adjacent areas affected by the South Runway Expansion acoustical treatments designed to reduce aircraft noise to a home and meet the criteria of the Florida Power and Light Home Energy Program thus reducing residents' energy bills significantly. To date 121 homes have received home energy surveys, insulation, window replacements including tinted glass, and efficient air conditioning unit upgrades generating rebates of up to $130,000. There are approximately 1,706 single-family and multi-family residences that would be eligible for this program.
Greenways Promote a Healthy Lifestyle The New River/State Road 84 and C-14/Cypress Creek Greenways are collaboration among Broward’s Water and Wastewater Division, Cultural Division and three cities to develop bike/pedestrian pathways that create connected communities. Some funding was directed to three artists who designed sustainable amenities such as 21-seat, shade canopy and bike rack units, four ceramic traffic calming devices, 22 recycled wood trash receptacles, and 22 ceramic mile markers. When possible, recycled plastic lumber (4,950 board feet) will be used to ensure longevity, low maintenance costs and an environmentally-friendly construction solution. The Greenways project decreases automobile traffic, encourages healthy modes of travel and increases
usages and enjoyment of the parks.
Proposed Lauderhill Transit Center The proposed Lauderhill Transit Center is being developed as a 2-story (+/-15,000 sq. ft.) Mixed-Use Class A Office and Retail Facility; in addition to facilitating the daily transit experience for over 7,000 passengers. The primary sustainability principles for the Lauderhill Transit Center design will integrate rainwater harvesting principles at all pertinent roof areas. The anticipated rate of collection will range between 66,400 and 272,000 gallons of rainwater per year. Additionally, photovoltaic panels will play an integral part in the design, collecting between 93,800 and 150,900 kWh/year, the equivalent of $280,000 to $440,000 of operational cost savings on an annual basis.
easyPay automates Broward County payroll resulting in a more sustainable process. easyPay annually eliminates 156,000 printed paystubs and 20,800 paychecks with an annual savings in paper and printing of more than $15,500. The program reduces the County’s fuel use and saves staff time by eliminating pick up and distribution of paper records. Direct deposit and pay card save the employees’ personal time and fuel by reducing the need to go to the bank. Employees also now have secure access to payroll information online. The community benefits from the new Time & Attendance software through improved compliance with the County’s diverse pay rules and accurate disbursement of taxpayers’ dollars for payroll.
Expansion of Runway
The Expansion of Runway 10R/28L f/k/a 9R/27L to 8,000 feet supports the Board's Goal to "increase the economic strength and impact of Port Everglades, the Broward County Convention Center and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in a sustainable manner balancing economy, environment and community.” Sustainable efforts include relocating of 1,359 mature canopy trees; recycling rather than landfilling 53,449 cubic yards of existing asphalt pavement, and incorporating 1129 LED lights for general, taxiway and runway lighting saving $8,724 and 179,797 Kwh/per year. The new runway will increase runway capacity, reduce take off wait times saving fuel and improve passenger experience.
NatureScape Irrigation Service
The NatureScape Irrigation Service meets the criteria of the Seal of Sustainability through a partnership of 18 municipal water entities, Broward’s County’s Water and Wastewater Services, and the School Board of Broward County. The program is attaining a 20 percent reduction in water consumption associated with landscape irrigation through system evaluations and implementation of Best Management Practices. Since the program’s inception in 2005, the water savings of the large users (Homeowner Associations, parks, commercial/industrial properties) has reached over 1 billion gallons and has been accompanied by lower operational costs. The community benefits from the partnership through improved water quality and a more sustainable landscape.
New Courthouse Construction
The new Broward County Courthouse will feature improved indoor air quality with 77 courtrooms, an improved flow of visitors and courthouse agency employees, and improved security screening areas meeting the community’s requirement for an efficient, safe and secure hall of justice. It will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards resulting in a 21 percent reduction of electrical use and 42 percent reduction of water use over conventional buildings and will cost less to operate over time. More than 75 percent of the demolition and construction waste will be recycled. The courthouse will employ green pest management and green indoor cleaning programs.
Smoking Vehicle Program
About 27 percent of Florida’s greenhouse gases come from passenger cars and light duty trucks. Vehicles with visible tailpipe emissions contribute 20 to 30 percent of the soot and particles in the air. Through the County’s Smoking Vehicle Program, which encourages the reporting of smoking vehicles observed on Broward County roadways, the public helps reduce air pollution which can cause respiratory irritation and trigger asthma attacks in sensitive individuals. By requiring repairs of vehicle’s exhaust system, the program ensures better air quality, fewer health impacts, reduced health care costs and environmentally-friendly vehicles that burn less fuel. More…
Government Center West Green Showcase
Broward County is taking action to optimize the efficiency of its Government Center West (GCW) by making it a Green Showcase. The project will use retrofits to reduce the building’s carbon footprint while educating employees and customers on green initiatives. By removing one of the three light bulbs from each of the building’s 1,807 light fixtures, the County can save on annual energy use (210,479 kwh) and costs ($23,995) without dramatically impacting employees or customers. The County will actively work with community partners who can contribute products for energy efficiency, energy generation (solar), water conservation and waste reduction. More…
Label Light Switches at Government Center West
Government Center West (GCW) uses an average of 282,000 kilowatts of electricity per month costing more than $256,000 annually. As part of a pilot project, the County has labeled all light switches with the reminder “Turn it Off” in an effort to quantify how much energy can be saved. This reminder is sure to change the culture of the 655 GCW employees and more than 4,500 monthly customers showing how simple it is to save energy, tax dollars and the environment. It also conveys to the public Broward’s commitment to efficient and sustainable government operations.
Government Operations Work Group
The Broward County Climate Change Government Operations Progress Report is Another Go Green Project. The report highlights more than 50 greenhouse gas reduction measures implemented by County agencies in FY2012. These operational improvements and efficiencies resulted in approximately $13 million in energy and fuel savings to the County and its residents. More than 25 percent of the transit buses are hybrid electric. The Broward Convention Center is a carbon neutral facility. The airport uses solar flashers and webcams and the Port is saving more than 40 percent in high mast lighting electricity use. Broward County leads by example, showing the community the importance of green practices and sustainable living.
The ConservationPay$ program provides an economic, environmental and community benefit through a partnership with 19 local governments and water utilities, setting a goal to save 30 million gallons of water a day in Broward County. The partnership offers a $100 rebate to offset the full purchase price of the high-efficiency toilets in residential homes and businesses. This Go Green initiative saves water, saves the property owner money now and on future water bills and postpones the need to build additional water and wastewater treatment plants in order to meet future demands. More…