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County: Palm Beach

Population: 102,436

 
In 2014 and 2016, the Compact conducted basic surveys of RCAP implementation in which municipalities indicated which recommendations they had completed. The implementation data shown below was self-reported by municipalities for RCAP 1.0 recommendation.

Case Studies

Greenhouse Gas Inventory Five Year Update

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Recommendations Completed By West Palm Beach

Energy and Fuel

EF-2 Advance energy efficiency and conservation Read More
EF-10 Enable fuel-efficient public vehicle fleets Read More

Natural Systems

NS-5 Form species dispersal and conservation group Read More
NS-6 Assess invasive species impacts Read More
NS-7 Promote coastal natural systems Read More
NS-14 Promote urban tree canopy Read More

Public Outreach and Engagement

PO-2 Promote public awareness Read More
PO-3 Inspire community action Read More

Public Policy Advocacy

PP-1 Support climate-conscious government action Read More
PP-4 Form coalitions Read More

Sustainable Communities and Transportation

ST-1 Incorporate projections into plans Read More
ST-4 Designate adaptation action areas Read More
ST-7 Incorporate risk-reduction strategies into planning Read More
ST-11 Modify local land use plans Read More
ST-13 Utilize unused or underutilized properties Read More
ST-17 Increase resilience through investments Read More
ST-18 Increase the use of transit Read More
ST-20 Expand transportation demand management Read More
ST-22 Promote transportation-system management and operations Read More

Water

WS-1 Foster innovative water management Read More
WS-3 Plan for future water supply Read More
WS-5 Inventory water and wastewater infrastructure Read More
WS-10 Integrate surface and groundwater impacts in planning Read More
WS-12 Integrate hydrologic and hydraulic models Read More
WS-13 Practice integrated water management Read More
WS-15 Foster water management research Read More
WS-16 Expand partnerships and resources for innovation Read More
WS-17 Advance capital projects Read More

Completed Recommendations (Now Defunct)

Energy and Fuel

EF-6
Support or facilitate development and distribution of local sources of sustainable fuels and availability of fueling infrastructure. Adopt policies to facilitate the development of locally sourced sustainable alternative fuels, those achieving a reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional fossil fuels (including but not limited to waste- based bio-diesel and methane gas from sources like landfills). Include these policies in regional plans and Local Comprehensive Plans. Identify incentives and modify local code to encourage the establishment of a local alternative energy industry.

Natural Systems

NS-12
Develop long-term turtle-nesting beach preservation and management strategies to reduce nest vulnerability and mortality.

Public Outreach and Engagement

PO-5
Initiate a regional public education campaign to educate residents, business owners, policy makers on the merits of preserving open land as an ‘insurance policy’ for adaptation to sea level rise in Southeast Florida.
PO-8
Deploy social media applications, to facilitate use of transit including access to real-time information such as arrival times.

Public Policy Advocacy

PP-10
Encourage federal support for research and investigations of potential energy efficiencies in pumping and water treatment processes necessary for meeting energy reduction goals concurrent with a growing reliance on pumps and advanced treatment technologies for drainage and flood control, water production and wastewater operations.
PP-11
Urge Congress to provide recognition of an “Adaptation Action Area” designation in federal law for the purpose of prioritizing funding for infrastructure needs and adaptation planning, with special attention to modifications in law that enhance funding opportunities through USACE and EPA appropriations processes, as requested by members of Congress.
PP-12
Urge Congress to pass legislation that would create a permanent funding source to finance infrastructure projects to adapt to the impacts of climate change with emphasis on investments in areas such as water management, water supply, transportation and other projects that serve to reduce risks to urban infrastructure from extreme weather events and rising sea levels.
PP-7
Advocate for stronger Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards and other initiatives to promote clean fuel alternatives and encourage more stringent vehicle emission standards in recognition of the value of these initiatives to mitigate the impacts of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainable Communities and Transportation

SP-33
Coordinate initiatives with those of the seven- county Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan, known as Seven50, to maximize the opportunities presented as Seven50 is developed (e.g. sharing data and analysis; participating in alternative future scenario planning; engaging a myriad of public, private and civic partners) and actively engage in Seven50 implementation efforts, designed to address the following Livability Principles: Provide more transportation choices Promote equitable, affordable housing Enhance economic competitiveness Support existing communities Coordinate policies and leverage investment Value communities and neighborhoods Enhance community resiliency to the impacts of Climate Change