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Climate Change Action Plan 2020 Update

The updated Climate Change Action Plan has been approved by the Board of County Commissioners and is available here​. Implementing these actions will be the focus for the next four years, until the document is updated again in 2025.  

Regional Standards for Seawalls & Flood Barriers 

Adopted by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners into the Land Use Plan on January 7th and into Broward County Code of Ordinances on March 31st, 2020. Download the “Build it High, Keep it Dry" brochure, and learn more about the new regional standards and the USACE Flood Risk Study here

2020 Broward Leaders Resilience Roundtable

On October 2, 2020 Broward County Commissioners Nan H. Rich and Beam Furr hosted the 2020 Broward Leaders Resilience Roundtable virtually. One hundred eleven people participated, including leadership representing 23 cities, the business community, and the Seminole Tribe, along with Broward Mayor Dale Holness and County Commissioners Lamar Fisher and Dr. Barbara Sharief.

Solar Project Installation

Broward County has made great strides towards leading a clean energy future with more than 6 megawatts in solar energy project commitments across 15 sites, including 9 sites either under construction or already completed by the end of 2021.

​County Fleet Electrification and Charging Infrastructure Planning

In the effort to meet targets established in the Under2 Coalition's Zero Emissions Vehicle Challenge by 2030, Broward County has prioritized electric vehicles for new single passenger vehicle purchases including 28 electric vehicles while also installing 7 Level-2 fleet electric vehicle chargers at various County parking facilities.  Agencies collaborated to finalize a report analyzing labor and costs of outfitting four of the County's largest fleet parking facilities with a maximum amount of electric vehicle chargers.  The results serve as the basis for near-term and 5-year capital planning to meet the County' clean fleet goal.  EPCRD/EPGMD is also working with the Purchasing Division to create a “library" of suitable EV chargers with data-sharing capabilities and open-software functionality to allow the easy purchase of a variety of systems, allowing different charger types and technologies to be deployed and evaluated by the County. County agencies are meeting quarterly to maintain coordination of electric vehicle initiatives.

​Urban Heat Vulnerability Mapping

Through continued technical assistance provided by Earth Economics and the Urban Green Infrastructure Lab, preliminary urban heat mapping and a high-level analysis of vulnerabilities was completed for Broward County. The public health burden of urban heat islands was confirmed to be disproportionately levied on the lowest income households.  Approximately 90,000 residents with income significantly below the poverty level live in neighborhoods where temperatures are higher than the rest of the county. One third of this population are at higher risk to heat health impacts due to their age. The model estimated that 13 to 44 lives are lost in the county annually due to urban heat island effects. The number of days above 88°F has increased 36% since 2000, to 90 days per year. By 2050, the number of hot days is projected to increase to 144 days. This information has been summarized in a brochure for distribution and served as the basis for grant applications to support development of heat mitigation strategies inclusive of green infrastructure.​

​​Business Case for Resilience Project

During 2019-2020, Broward County EPCRD managed a contract with the Urban Land Institute for research and development of the Business Case for Resilience in Southeast Florida study, jointly funded by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and business leadership and a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The report analyzed the costs and benefits of both community-wide resilient infrastructure investments (generally public-sector) and building-level investments (generally private-sector) and revealed a benefit-cost ratio of 2:1 for community-wide improvements, and 4:1 for building-level adaptation with investments serving to preserve and generate jobs, economic activity, and real estate value. Recommendations focus on raising climate risk awareness, public-private coordination to bolster occupational training, engagement with small businesses, and key economic clusters. We look forward to working with the private sector, institutional partners, and community organizations to gain additional state and federal support for resilience investments and to advance shared recommendations.

Read the latest Climate, Energy & Sustainability eNews May 2020 Edition

Have you heard about the regional media collaboration between Miami Herald, The Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun Sentinel with reporting help by WLRN Public Radio and Television? Check out The Invading Sea​

Future Conditions Average Wet Season Groundwater Elevation Map | ​To request a copy of the Groundwater Elevation static map (PDF), email

National and International Headlines

Scientific Papers and Reports


  • McAlpine, S., and Porter, J. 2018. Estimating Recent Local Imapcts of Sea-Level Rise on Current Real-Estate Losses: A Housing Market Case Study in Miami-Dade, Florida. Population Research and Policy Review. Article (PDF)
  • Wynes, S. and Nicholas, K. A. 2017. The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions. Environmental Research Letters, Volume 12, Number 7.  Article
  • Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. 2017. Report of the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices.  Report (PDF)
  • Fulton, L., et al. 2017. Three Revolutions in Urban Transportation. ITDP and UC Davis.  Summary   Report (PDF)
  • United Nations Secretary-General. 2017. Oceans and the law of the sea: The effects of climate change on oceans. Report A/72/70. Report (PDF)
  • Moomaw, B. and Smith, D. 2017. The Great American Stand: U.S. Forests and ​ the Climate Emergency. Asheville, NC: Dogwood Alliance. Report (PDF)
  • Clayton, S., Manning, C. M., Krygsman, K., Speiser, M. 2017. Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, and ecoAmerica. Report (PDF)
  • World Meteorological Organization. 2017. WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2016. Geneva, Switzerland. Press Release   
  • Sarfaty, M., et al. 2017. Medical Alert! Climate Change is Harming Our Health. Fairfax, VA: Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. Report (PDF)
  • C40 Cities and Arup. 2016. Deadline 2020: How cities will get the job done. London, United Kingdom. Report (PDF)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 2016. Climate Change Indicators in the United States, 2016. Fourth edition. EPA 430-R-16-004.

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