How It All Started
Climate change has been a key focal area for Broward County since 2008. In 2008, Broward County passed a resolution which established a community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 80 percent below 2007 emissions by 2050.
Climate Change Action Plan
In 2009, our Climate Change Task Force engaged hundreds of local experts and citizens to draft our first Climate Change Action Plan. In 2015, the Climate Change Action Plan was developed with nearly 100 actions. Over the next five years, 100% of these actions were addressed. Now, the 2020 Climate Action Plan is complete, and approved by the Climate Change Task Force and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. Feedback can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Background for the process is available in the informational powerpoint presentation which was given at one of the several community outreach events held last year.
Regional Climate Action
We are a proud partner of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact. The Compact is a joint commitment of Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties to partner in mitigating the causes and adapting to the consequences of climate change.
In 2014, the Compact was designated a Climate Action Champion by the White House.
The Compact hosts an annual Regional Climate Leadership Summit. Learn more and download materials and recordings from the 2015 Summit. The 9th Annual Summit was hosted by Broward County in December 2017.
Integrating Climate Action
Broward County became the first local government to create a stand-alone climate change element as part of our Comprehensive Plan. The Climate Change Element is a coordinated initiative consisting of 82 environmental policies which consider how the community will best adapt to and mitigate for the economic, environmental, and social effects of climate change.
It was so innovative it won the National Planning Excellence Award for Environmental Planning by the American Planning Association. To learn more, watch the Award Video.