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Broward County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division is responsible for coordinating the County’s climate resiliency planning strategies as part of County agency operations. The Division is also responsible for regional collaborations with Broward municipalities, state and federal agencies, and as a member county of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.

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Upcoming Events - Not to be missed events!

June 19th - Solar Co-op Workshop. 5:30-7pm at 560 NW 27th Ave.,Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311

December 3-5, 2019 - Monroe County will host the 11th Annual Climate Leadership Summit.


Climate Change Task Force Vacancies

The Climate Change Task Force is actively seeking designated representatives from the Urban League and real estate industry (with holdings exceeding $10 million). Interested parties should contact resilience@broward.org for more information. 


Advancement of Seawall Height Policy

A minimum elevation of 5 feet NAVD88 by 2050 is proposed as a regional resilience standard for seawalls and shorelines along tidal waterways. Recent presentations and discussion regarding the proposed policy can be viewed online. Municipalities may request presentations from the County to support their outreach by contacting resilience@broward.org


Solar on County Facilities

Broward County is pursuing the installation of solar photovoltaics at eight facilities. Broward Animal Care, Ravenswood Transit, West Regional Courthouse, Copans Road Bus Maintenance and 64th St Airpark Warehouse are proposed to receive rooftop panels. The Broward Addiction and Recovery Center and the Central Broward Regional Park are proposed to receive parking canopies. The total renewable energy production will be 2 megawatts, providing power for over 50 percent of the buildings on average. These projects support Commission goals and contribute towards the County's 20% renewable energy goal. 


4-STAR Broward

Broward County was recognized in March for its National Excellence in Sustainability by earning its 4-STAR Community Rating for the second time. The County received a final score of 539 points for performance on measures that collectively define community-scale sustainability and present a vision of how communities can become more healthy, inclusive, and prosperous. More than 30 different county departments and community partners in addition to the municipalities provided data in eight goal areas. Officially, the County is also designated as a LEED community. This achievement will be used as an opportunity to further promote sustainability across sectors. 

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Caption: Group photo from the 4-STAR Community rating celebration.


King Tide in March

Sea level rise has driven high tides to levels over one foot higher than normal. These tides typically occur in the Fall but this year an event occurred in March. Tide gauges in the regional monitoring network measured water levels over 2 feet NAVD. Flooding occurs as seawater flows over seawalls and shorelines and up through unprotected drainage systems or porous ground. Without adaptation, local tidal flooding is anticipated to occur over 200 days per year by 2060 in low lying areas. For more information on local king tides, visit http://www.broward.org/waterresources/Pages/KingTides.aspx

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Caption: High tides flood neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale on March 21, 2019.


Broward Solar Co-op

Back by Popular Demand: The 2019 Broward County Solar Co-op is NOW OPEN to all residents and small businesses in Broward County, Florida. Homeowners interested in joining the co-op can sign up at the co-op web page: www.solarunitedneighbors.org/broward or attend one of four free information sessions around the County. The solar co-op is free to join and joining is not a commitment to purchase panels. The co-op saves residents money and makes going solar easier, with the help of nonprofit Solar United Neighbors. "Solar co-ops bring technical support and economies of scale through the collective purchase power of our diverse community members. All of our residents deserve the benefits that come with this investment, including dramatic energy savings on a monthly basis," said Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Officer of Broward County. Broward County supports the Solar Co-op as one of its strategies for reaching its goal of sourcing 20% of its energy from renewables and reducing emissions to mitigate climate change impacts. Over 80 residents have registered and been qualified for solar already. 


Faith & Sustainability Workshop

On Feb 27, 2019 Broward County hosted a dialogue called "Environmental Stewardship and Community Resilience: Leadership by Faith-based Organizations in Sustainability." The City of Miramar co-hosted the event at the beautiful Miramar Cultural Center. The event was the twenty third (23) workshop in the Sustainability Stewards of Broward series. With 16 speakers and 68 participants, it was the most attended and engaging dialogue to date. Interfaith leaders from across the state came together for a 2 ½ hour conversation. Topics ranged from climate change educational and advocacy, NGO's & CBO's as messengers of city/county programs and services, green facilities and lifestyles, emergency management and coordinated response opportunities, raising indigenous and underrepresented voices in ecosystem preservation and community health, local food access and gardens' abilities to heal, and ways to maximize community outreach and engagement through the arts. Attendees committed to continuing to work together, share knowledge, and partner on community engagement. A compilation video is available on the Broward Environment YouTube page at https://bit.ly/2KnEuFg.

Email resilience@broward.org to join the Sustainability Stewards of Broward. 
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Caption: Inferfaith Leaders from accross the community convened at the Sustainability Stewards Workshop to identify needs and potential collaborations.