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Broward County Climate Change Task Force and Climate Change Initiatives

Created: 1/29/2010 - Updated: 7/03/2019

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Summary

As a response to global, national, and state initiatives and to south Florida’s vulnerability to climate change, Broward County initiated a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a resolution to support the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement in 2007. One of the methods to address climate change impacts in the county was the creation of the Broward County Climate Change Task Force in 2008. The Task Force was created to provide recommendations on strategies for Broward County to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Background

Climate change planning has become a priority in Florida since 2007 when Governor Crist signed three executive orders that initiated Florida’s energy policy, created a Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change, and developed 2008 energy/climate legislation. Broward County followed Florida’s leadership by signing onto the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement in 2007 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, initiate a greenhouse gas reduction workgroup focused on government operations, and develop a Broward County Climate Change Task Force in 2008 to develop an Action Plan.

Implementation

The Broward County Climate Change Task Force was created to develop recommendations for the Board of County Commissioners on mitigation and adaptation strategies to reduce climate change impacts on the county. The Broward Climate Change Action Plan (Action Plan) was developed in 2010 through analysis of climate science, community participation, and the recommendations of the Task Force. A series of recommendations were created with the analysis of three main types of information: sea level rise projections, greenhouse gas emissions and sources, and a coastal vulnerability assessment.

The Action Plan recommends that the county:

  • Create an Office of Sustainability/Climate Program;
  • Support a regional collaborative climate action plan;
  • Collaborate on joint legislative policies with neighboring counties;
  • Amend the county’s comprehensive plan;
  • Support Everglades restoration and enhance the urban ecosystem;
  • Incorporate climate change adaptation into public infrastructure planning;
  • Protect water resources;
  • Improve modeling, monitoring, and mappings;
  • Amend zoning and building regulations;
  • Create a functional mass transportation system;
  • Develop a renewable and alternative energy program;
  • Increase recycling and promote zero waste;
  • Support marketing and incentives in energy conservation for low income households; and
  • Provide climate change community outreach and education on mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Other Broward County climate change initiatives include:

  • Green effort to reduce greenhouse gases in Broward county government operations.
  • School Conservation and Climate Change Challenge program (the C3 Challenge).
  • A climate change leadership summit to develop regional collaboration with the neighboring counties in south Florida including Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties. The result of the summit was a climate compact ratified by all four Counties in January 2010.
  • Carbon footprint training for municipalities in the county and the launch of a website to provide climate and energy program-related resources for municipalities.

Outcomes and Conclusions

Broward County has been successful in catalyzing and initiating a climate program for the region. Through the recommendations of the Broward County Climate Change Task Force and the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Leadership Summit, Broward County is in the position to partner in the development of a regional climate change action plan in south Florida with adjacent counties.

Status

Last updated on 1/20/10.

Citation

Score, A. (2010). Broward County Climate Change Task Force and Climate Change Initiatives [Case study on a project of Broward County]. Product of EcoAdapt's State of Adaptation Program. Retrieved from CAKE: http://www.cakex.org/case-studies/broward-county-climate-change-task-for... (Last updated January 2010)

Project Contacts

Since 2007, Broward County has recognized that the vulnerability of the county to climate impacts and the need to plan for climate change. In 2008 the Board of County Commissioners created the Broward County Climate Change Task force to develop a countywide Climate Change Program and provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on strategies to mitigate the causes and adapt to the consequences of climate change. The Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division staff is responsible in supporting the Broward County Climate Change Task Force.

Keywords

Scale of Project: 
Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration
Development (socioeconomic)
Forestry
Policy
Transportation / Infrastructure
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Air temperature
Economics
Erosion
Flooding
Habitat extent
Infrastructure damage
Invasive / non-native species, pests
Ocean acidification
Public health risks
Public safety threats
Sea level rise
Storms or extreme weather events
Tourism
Water quality
Water supply
Water temperature
Climate Type: 
Temperate
Subtropical
Timeframe: 
Ongoing
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Incorporate climate change into environmental impact statement (EIS) requirements
Design or reform institutions
Increase organizational capacity
Coordinate planning and management
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Monitor climate change impacts and adaptation efficacy
Develop disaster preparedness plans and policies
Governance and Policy
Create new or enhance existing policies or regulations
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Sociopolitical Setting: 
Urban
Effort Stage: 
Completed

Related Resources

Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change: Developing an Energy and Climate Action Plan

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Energy
Summary: 

During a climate change summit in July 2007, Governor Crist signed Executive Order 07-128, establishing the Action Team on Energy and Climate Change (Action Team). The Action Team was tasked to develop a comprehensive state energy and climate change action plan to reduce Florida’s greenhouse gas emissions, develop energy policies, and create mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Agriculture
Development (socioeconomic)
Disaster Risk Management
Education / Outreach
Energy
Land Use Planning
Policy
Transportation / Infrastructure
Water Resources
Summary: 

The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact was signed by Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties in 2009 to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines.

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