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Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division coordinates regional climate resiliency strategies focused on urban and natural systems and protects, restores and enhances the County's natural resources through activities targeting water resource policy and planning, urban and natural lands management, beach and marine resources, energy and sustainability, and environmental monitoring.​


Manatee Season is Here Now -  November 15 to March 31​

Manatees are large, slow-moving marine mammals of the Order Sirenia. The Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) is a subspecies of the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus). The word “manatee” comes from the Spanish word “manati,” although the true origination of the word may date from the native Puerto Rican Taino people, whose translation means “ma” (big) “nati” (chest).​ Learn more about Manatees here.​​​​ 


​Green Sea Turtles Break Local Nesting Record

Sea turtle nesting season is well underway in Broward County, and green sea turtles are nesting in the highest numbers since the start of the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program (BCSTCP) in 1981.  So far, the BCSTCP has documented 536 green sea turtle nests in the County (excluding Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park).  The previous record was in 2013 when 495 green turtle nests were laid.  Sea turtle nesting season officially ends on October 31.  Read more about sea turtles here​.​​


Energy and Sustainability Program

The Energy and Sustainability Program plays a central role in addressing the County’s Climate Change Action Plan and managing regional climate and energy projects funded as part of a Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Internally, Division staff participate in the Climate Change Government Operations Work Group looking for opportunities to reduce the carbon emissions caused by County government activities.​​​


Climate Change Task Force

We supports the Broward County Climate Change Task Force​ focusing on the implementation of strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change at the community level. Finally, staff supports the Southeast Florida Climate Compact working at the regional level to address broad issues impacting the four counties of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.​


I Spy A Manatee Mobile App 

The ‘I Spy a Manatee’ mobile app is used by Broward County residents and visitors to report manatee sightings to the County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division and is available for Android and Apple. Use the app to report manatees and their activities, and view manatee protection and boating safety zones in Broward County.​

 
In the app, you can take a picture of the manatee or select a picture from the device's gallery. Enter the sighting information such as number of manatees and and the manatees' activity, and either enter the location or let the device use the location services to find the location for you. When the sighting report is successfully submitted, the manatees of Broward County will thank you. Read more about the mobile app here.​​
 


Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program

PACE allows property owners to receive up-front financing and repayment of debt for qualifying improvements, such as energy conservation, renewable energy, and wind resistance. Property owners then repay the upfront financing through annual PACE assessments on their property tax bills. More information can be viewed here.​ 

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