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Case Studies

Adaptation Action Areas: Fort Lauderdale

Adaptation Action Areas (AAAs) are a designation in the coastal management element of a local government comprehensive plan which identifies areas experiencing coastal flooding due to extreme high tides and storm surge that are vulnerable to the related impacts of rising sea levels for the purpose of prioritizing funding for infrastructure needs and adaptation planning. […]

Green Construction

All new projects in the City of Coconut Creek must be submitted for review to the Planning Division and the Development Review Committee (DRC). Through the DRC process, a green review is administered and each project is required to state how the requirements of Section 13-320 are being met. Before site plan approval is granted, […]

City of Lauderhill Energy Star Revolving Loan Fund

The City of Lauderhill initially received an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant that was used to capitalize the city’s revolving loan fund in order to provide interest-free loans up to $2,000 for Lauderhill residents to purchase Energy Star rated appliances and energy efficient air conditioners. Since that time, the mayor has acknowledged the success […]

Dune Management Program

The coastal dune system in Miami Beach is critical to maintaining a healthy and thriving shoreline. It also serves as the first line of defense against erosion, sea level rise, and storm surge. In order to maintain strong, stable dunes, the city has developed a comprehensive dune management program to foster and maintain a healthy, […]

Snook Islands Natural Area

Dredging, filling, and bulkhead installation over the last 100 years has eliminated over 80% of living shorelines in the Lake Worth Lagoon and much of its aquatic habitat. In an effort to enhance the shoreline and restore habitat adjacent to the Lake Worth Golf Course, Palm Beach County initiated the Snook Islands Natural Area project […]

Pinecrest – The Green Action Plan

The Village of Pinecrest Green Action Plan is an initiative to promote and implement green practices throughout the village. The village has implemented several programs that provide guidelines for environmental sustainability, including the street tree program, the adopt-a-tree program, the program to bring pine trees back to Pinecrest, landscape code changes for new developments, requirements […]

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The City of Delray Beach and Plug In Florida have partnered to establish six electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the downtown area. As of 2015, three stations had been installed, and more are planned. EV drivers are able to charge at no cost. Usage has increased each year since installation in 2011. The monthly […]

Village Hall LEED Platinum Certified Facility

Established in 2002, the Village of Palmetto Bay sought to construct a village hall facility that would serve the needs of its residents and visitors while being environmentally friendly. Led by the vision of Mayor Eugene Flinn, the village pursued the goal to build the first village hall facility in Florida to achieve LEED Platinum […]

Redland Raised

— Local produce is fresher, better for the environment, and supports the local economy. For this reason, Miami-Dade County and local farmers, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, developed a local produce branding initiative called Redland Raised. Redland Raised showcases and promotes the consumption of fresh, local produce and promotes […]

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Five Year Update

In its ongoing efforts to be a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability, the City of West Palm Beach updated its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, comparing 2013 results to an original 2008 baseline. This inventory measures total energy consumption and GHG emissions from two categories: municipal government operations and the community at large. Measuring […]