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Broward County > Environmental Planning and Community Resilience > Climate Change > Resources for Broward’s Municipalities

2011 Municipal Green Initiatives Survey

This spring, Broward County’s Energy & Sustainability Program reached out to our 31 municipalities to gather information on the scope and diversity of energy efficiency initiatives and sustainability programs implemented throughout our community.

Survey Graph


Fifty-five questions covered 10 topic areas:
• General Program Information
• Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
• Water Use and Conservation
• Energy
• Transportation
• Built Environment
• Waste Reduction and Recycling
• Comprehensive Planning
• Adaptation Planning
• Next Steps



A new report, titled Sustainability in Broward County Florida: Local Government in Action summarizes survey results and illuminates general trends in program direction, priorities, and funding. The report also highlights success stories, identifies best management practices, and proposes opportunities for future community-wide collaboration and program advancement. A matrix of green initiatives and other resources for municipalities can be found in the appendices.

By sharing the survey results, and through the upcoming development of an online clearinghouse and a series of face-to-face collaborative workshops, we hope to:

  • Produce information that is useful to the participating municipalities and Broward community
  • Create a platform for cooperatively advancing energy efficiency and sustainability programs
  • Capture, celebrate and share our collective achievements

These activities are supported by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant provided by United States Department of Energy.  

Broward County Offers Free GHG Emissions Inventory Training to Broward Municipalities

In response to the multiple inquires from municipalities about developing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories, the Broward County Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division (PPRAQD) is inviting representatives from all cities and towns within Broward County, Florida to a free training session about developing GHG emissions inventories. More....

Climate Change Resources for Broward’s Municipalities

With the increasing scientific and political consensus that we must act immediately to address the impacts of climate change, local governments are moving forward with action plans to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions and looking for innovative ways to adapt to the changing climate. Broward County presents the contents of this webpage as a resource to our local municipalities to guide local planning efforts and to learn from Broward County Government’s experiences in developing greenhouse gas emission inventories and government operations climate change plans.

Once a community has committed to a more sustainable future, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) outlines five milestones that provide the framework to guide future direction:

  • Compile a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
  • Set a goal (e.g. US Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement, etc.)
  • Establish a local action plan (two types government operations and community-wide)
  • Implement a local action plan
  • Measure/Monitor a local action plan

Getting Started with Green Initiatives | Greenhouse Gas Inventories | Setting a Goal
Establish a Plan | Best Practices for Local Government Programs   
Broward’s Local Government Green Initiatives

Leadership Commitment Diagram


1. Getting Started 

a. Toolkits

  • Small Communities Toolkit: this toolkit is designed to provide small communities detailed resources, case studies, and guidance in the development of green goals and initiatives. The toolkit also helps smaller communities understand how to take advantage of their significant opportunities. For example, in a small, close-knit community, a local government can more easily influence community members to make individual changes to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. With this toolkit in hand, small communities can become empowered to reach their goals.
  • U.S. Mayors Climate Action Handbook (PDF): this handbook offers examples of actions that local governments can take to reduce global warming emissions and implement the commitments for climate protection called out in the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement. The Handbook demonstrates that climate protection does not necessitate entirely new government operations. It is a matter of streamlining and making modifications and improvements to many of the systems and operations a city already has in place.
  • Preparing for Climate Change (PDF): is a guidebook for Local, Regional, and State Governments: September 2007. This guidebook is collaboration among King County, Washington, the Climate Impact Group and ICLEI. The book describes a detailed, easy-to-understand process for climate change preparedness based on familiar resources and tools to help local, regional, or state governments prepare for climate change.
  • SFRPC - Climate Change Community Tool Box: South Florida Regional Planning Council product focused on Miami-Dade. It provides sea level rise assumptions and projections for Miami-Dade, fact sheets on impact on Community, Environment and Economy, and an adaptation resources compendium.
  • Initiating Community Engagement: resources to effectively engage community participation in climate protection initiatives.
  • Rapid Deployment Energy Efficiency Toolkit (PDF): This Toolkit is being provided to help recipients of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding meet the objectives and challenges associated with this funding. The Toolkit provides information on 10 different programs across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors, drawn from the experience of hundreds of federal, state, local, private, and utility organizations
  • Municipal Clean Energy Toolkit: This Toolkit provides guidance on how municipalities can finance, purchase, install, and promote clean energy. The Toolkit contains material for any knowledge level – from beginner to municipal clean energy aficionado.
  • The Playbook: this is a web-based resource which provides information on developing strategies, and best practices related to buildings, neighborhoods and infrastructure. It includes tips and tools that cities and counties can use to take immediate action on climate change.
  • NOAA Local Strategies for Addressing Climate Change (PDF): February 2009. This is a compilation of articles recently published in Coastal Services magazine, a trade journal for the nation's coastal resource managers.
  • American Planning Association Planners Energy and Climate Change Database: This online database provides examples of communities that have taken steps to integrate energy and climate change issues into planning, states that have addressed climate change issues in plans or policies, and other relevant documents to help planners understand and address energy and climate change.

b. Green Resolutions and Policies  

Committing to a greener city/town

  1. Broward County Policies and Resolutions
  2. Other Ordinances and Policies: Local governments are uniquely positioned to influence the type, location and amount of green development through ordinances and policies. This ICLEI site provides a couple of tips for tailoring model ordinances and policies to the needs of small communities, as well as resources and examples. The topics include biofuels, energy, green building, green government, landscaping, lighting, transportation, waste, and water.

Green Government Initiatives: Searchable database of county green programs, policies, plans, staff descriptions and more. The database allows you to search by the size of the municipality and issue areas, such as: climate change, green building, transportation, land use, etc.

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2. Greenhouse Gas Inventories   

3. Setting a Goal 

a. International

  • Kyoto Protocol: The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The major feature of the Kyoto Protocol is that it sets binding targets for 37 industrialized countries and the European community for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These targets amount to an average of five per cent against 1990 levels over the five-year period 2008-2012.

b. State

  • Florida's Energy and Climate Change Action Plan - Phase 2: October 2008. The second and final report of Governor Charlie Christ's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change was submitted on October 15, 2008. The Phase 2 report contains 50 separate policy recommendations as well as guidance to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in its development of a regulatory, market-based cap-and-trade emissions limiting program.

c. Local

  • U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement: Scientific evidence and consensus continues to strengthen the idea that climate disruption is an urgent threat to the environmental and economic health of our communities. Many cities, in this country and abroad, already have strong local policies and programs in place to reduce global warming pollution, but more action is needed at the local, state, and federal levels to meet the challenge.
  • Broward County Government Operations Climate Change Report: Broward County Government Operations' extensive Climate Change Report produced in May 2008 reviews potential climate change related impacts, establishes a Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction goal and recommends a Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction strategy for the future.
  • Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force Reports: This Web site details the activities of Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force in dealing with measures to respond to climate change.


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4. Establish a Plan 

a. Tools for Action Planning
b. City Climate Change Actions Plans in America
c. Plans throughout the state of Florida  

5. Best Practices for Local Government Programs 

a.  U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement Best Practices: Visit the Mayor's Climate Protection Center to read what mayors and their cities are doing to fight climate change, improve the local environment and conserve energy.

b.  Best Practices for Climate Protection (PDF): A Local Government Guide that provides examples of currently available, cost-effective technologies and practices that cut the pollution causing global warming, while at the same time save money, create jobs, and improve the livability of our communities.

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6. Broward’s Local Government Green Initiatives and Resources 

Broward County and its Municipalities
- Local Government Climate Change Action Plans and Green Initiatives

  • Broward League of CitiesSustainability Committee
  • Emerald Award Climate Change Leader Award: The Emerald Award Program is designed to recognize businesses, government, individuals, or organizations in Broward County demonstrating a commitment to protecting and preserving our environment. The Climate Change Leader category recognizes facilities, businesses, and government entities that have made great strides in addressing global climate change. It recognizes best practices from private and public organizations that demonstrate measurable activities that achieve operational and community benefits including the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the promotion of behavioral change to employees and customers.
  • Florida Green Local Government Certification - The Florida Green Local Government Standard designates Green Cities and Green Counties for outstanding environmental stewardship. It is expected that certified green city and county governments will not only gain recognition and publicity, but also function in a more efficient manner through better internal communication, cost reductions, and effective risk and asset management.
  • ICLEI’s STAR Community Index - The STAR Community Index is a national, consensus-based framework for gauging the sustainability and livability of U.S. communities. STAR will be launched by 2010, and is currently being developed through a partnership between ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Center for American Progress.
    Partner with Broward County as we join the NACo Energy Star Campaign Pledge Drive which ends November 30, 2009.
  • Free Publications: Order Free Publications on ways to save energy and money from Energy Star.


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