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Meetings 2014
Subcommittees


In 2009 the Climate Change Task Force formed seven subcommittees appointed to draft the Climate Change Action Plan. As of 2014 the seven subcommitees are no longer active.

 Economic, Social and Health Issues
 Greenhouse Gas Reduction
 Intergovernmental Affairs and Communication (Government Leadership)
 Natural Systems Adaptation
 Property and Infrastructure (Built Environment Adaptation)
 Renewable and Alternative Energy Subcommittee    
 Scientific and Technical

Click here for a link all subcommittees meeting presentations.

Download here the template used for developing recomendations.

Economic, Social and Health Issues Subcommittee  

Mission: To provide the Task Force with analysis and recommendations regarding the economic, social and health impacts of climate change. It is especially important that the Subcommittee focus on the most important economic sectors of the Broward region: tourism, development, trade, agriculture and others. First, the Subcommittee will develop recommendations to minimize and ameliorate the possible negative impacts of climate change – as well as considerations with respect to the recommendations for greenhouse reduction and adaptation policies and strategies – that take into account the economic, social and health interests of the businesses and people of Broward County. In particular, the Subcommittee will recommend ways to avoid disparities in the impact upon low-income, fixed-income or other potentially disadvantaged people and communities. Second, climate change solutions, particularly in the realm of adaptation, may offer Broward businesses, workers, financial institutions and investors, universities – and other entities with an economic interest in this issue – with an opportunity to develop and market products and services for the rest of the country and the world, and thereby represent an economic opportunity for the region. The subcommittee will provide the Task Force with recommendations to promote that opportunity. Back to top.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Subcommittee 

Mission: To provide the Task Force with recommendations for effectively mitigating climate change through greenhouse gas reductions in the near-term and long-term, building on existing Broward policies and practices and drawing on the best practices from cities and regions across the United States and around the world. The Subcommittee will recommend ways to foster equivalent and coordinate commitments and actions among businesses, communities, households and individuals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Back to top.

Intergovernmental Affairs and Communication (Government Leadership) Subcommittee  

Mission: To provide the Task Force with information and analysis about the climate change strategies and actions among other governmental entities: within the broader south Florida region, among communities across the state, within state government and at the national and international level. The Subcommittee will pay special attention to opportunities for the Commission to add its voice to those of others to promote policies and programs that will help Broward County, Florida and the nation to address climate change more effectively. The Subcommittee will also identify opportunities for collaboration with other governmental entities, where such action would enhance the ability of Broward to address climate change. The Subcommittee will also seek ways to communicate effectively the climate change issue and the recommended Task Force solutions. Back to top.

Natural Systems Adaptation Subcommittee   

Mission: To provide the Task Force with recommendations for adaptation and adaptive management of natural systems to predicted climate impacts. These systems include, but are not limited to: land and marine ecosystems, native species, beaches and parklands, water supplies, agricultural lands and other natural resource systems. The Subcommittee will develop standards and strategies for natural system "resiliency," prevention of adverse consequences and response and recovery from future conditions and events. The Subcommittee will identify effective tools for natural systems adaptation: goals, policies, programs, funding and measures of progress and success. Back to top.

Property and Infrastructure (Built Environment Adaptation) Subcommittee  

Mission: To provide the Task Force with recommendations for adapting and adaptive management of the existing and future "built environment;" to react to and mitigate predicted climate impacts. This includes, but is not limited to, all forms of public and private property: homes, office buildings industrial and commercial facilities, etc., and infrastructure and modifications of infrastructure systems – roads, rail, ports and airports, bridges, waterways, and public works. The Subcommittee will develop standards and strategies for property and infrastructure systems "resiliency," prevention of adverse consequences and response and recovery from future conditions and events. The Subcommittee will identify effective tools for property and infrastructure adaptation: goals, policies, programs, funding and measures of progress and success. Back to top.

Renewable and Alternative Energy Subcommittee   

Mission: To provide the Task Force with recommendations for effectively mitigating climate change through renewable and alternative energy policy and actions in the near-term and long-term, building on existing Broward policies and practices.  To create model renewable and alternative energy policies and actions drawing on the best practices from cities and regions across the United States and around the world. The Subcommittee will recommend ways to foster equivalent and coordinate commitments and actions among businesses, communities, households and individuals to increase adoption of renewable and alternative energy technologies. Back to top.

Scientific and Technical Subcommittee 

Mission: To provide the Task Force and its Committees with the best possible scientific and technical information and analysis on the possible near-term and long-term impacts of climate change on the Broward region. These impacts may include, but are not limited to: sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, fires, and severe weather – hurricanes, floods, droughts and heat waves. The information should address the efficacy and cost-benefit of strategies to mitigate these impacts through greenhouse gas emission reductions; to adapt and adaptively manage our natural systems and the built environment; and the potential economic, social and health impacts of climate change and climate change solution strategies. The Subcommittee will assist the Task Force to interpret and communicate this scientific and technical information to policymakers and to the general public. Back to top.