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File Number: 070373
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File Number: 070373 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-324-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE Introduced: 2/5/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/8/2007
Agenda Date: 3/6/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A16
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO APPLY FOR AND OBTAIN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE AS A PHASE II MEMBER FOR DIRECT EMISSIONS AND TO BUDGET SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO SUPPORT MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE [SEE AGENDA ITEM NO. 12(B)4]
Indexes: NONE
Sponsors: Natacha Seijas, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/8/2007 11A16 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Sorenson asked to be listed as a co-sponsor of the foregoing proposed resolution and commended Commissioner Seijas for this item. She also mentioned that the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy had indicated that government buildings were the least energy-efficient structures. Commissioner Seijas expressed her gratitude to her colleagues for co-sponsoring this resolution. She provided for the record her intent in bringing this item forth. Commissioner Jordan asked to be listed as a co-sponsor. Hearing no further questions or comments, the Board proceeded to vote.

Board of County Commissioners 3/6/2007 11A16 Carried over 3/8/2007

Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 2/13/2007 3E Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: The foregoing proposed resolution was read into the record by Assistant County Attorney Joni Armstrong-Coffey. Chairwoman Seijas advised that the National Association of Counties (NACo) held an annual conference last summer in Chicago, where the Chicago Climate Exchange provided a special briefing to some of the large urban counties. She noted that after she returned from Chicago, she sponsored a resolution directing the County Administration to investigate the feasibility of the County becoming a member of the Exchange. She noted that the County Administration had evaluated the membership cost and the County Manager was recommending that the County join the exchange, which she fully supported. Chairwoman Seijas noted that by joining this exchange, the County would be making a commitment in efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Chairwoman Seijas explained that if the County did not meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it would be required to contribute funds to the Exchange. She noted if the County did not reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over a four year period, the County may have to buy $280,000 worth of credits but its contributions would be appropriated to governments that met their goals. Chairwoman Seijas pointed out that the County uses a substantial amount of fuel everyday to operate its fleet of trucks, buses, and vehicles, in addition to the large amount of fuel required by its pump station, treatment plants and incinerators; and that it was responsible for about 300,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. Chairwoman Seijas stated the environmentalists and Department of Environmental Resources Management had tried for years, to convince the County to engage in efforts to reduce carbon emissions. She noted that by joining the Climate Exchange, the County would make real progress towards becoming a disciplined organization and would have great external pressure to achieve specific goals. Chairwoman Seijas also noted employees from each County department would have to maintain accurate reporting information and would be motivated to consider new ways to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emission. She noted that by joining the Exchange, the County would be cash specific in no time and would send a clear message to world that it was truly a progressive Florida government. Although joining the exchange was voluntary, Chairwoman Seijas noted the federal laws regulating carbon emissions were likely to be implemented in the next couple of years, and the knowledge the County gained by participating in this voluntary exchange would be extremely important in preparing elected officials from this County to advance carbon legislation. She urged her colleagues to support this initiative. Committee members Diaz, Edmonson, Rolle, Gimenez and Martinez asked that they be added as co-sponsors to this resolution.

County Attorney 2/5/2007 Referred Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 2/13/2007

County Attorney 2/5/2007 Assigned Peter S. Tell

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO APPLY FOR AND OBTAIN MIAMIDADE COUNTY MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE AS A PHASE II MEMBER FOR DIRECT EMISSIONS AND TO BUDGET SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO SUPPORT MEMBERSHIP IN THE CHICAGO CLIMATE EXCHANGE

BODY
WHEREAS, the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) is a voluntary, self-regulating, multisector program that is designed to quantify, verify, register, reduce and trade the emissions of various greenhouse gases; and
WHEREAS, although membership itself in the CCX is voluntary, members make a legally binding commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a set percentage of their baseline emissions; and
WHEREAS, the stated goals of the CCX are as follows:

* To facilitate the transaction of greenhouse gas emissions allowance trading, price transparency, design excellence, and environmental integrity.
* To build the skills and institutions needed to cost-effectively manage greenhouse gas emissions.
* To facilitate capacity-building in both the public and private sectors to facilitate greenhouse gas mitigation.
* To strengthen the intellectual framework required for cost-effective and valid greenhouse gas reduction.
* To help inform the public debate on managing the risk of global climate change; and

WHEREAS, the potential benefits to Miami-Dade County far exceed the minimal costs incurred by entering into this legally binding commitment; and

WHEREAS, as suggested by the CCX, the dollars spent by the County as a Phase II member:
* contribute to bona fide greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions under the CCX capandtrade system.
* are an investment that will help the County develop long-term energy and emissions management systems over time that will in turn deliver value and possible revenue to the public budget through minimization of waste.
* enable the County to highlight where best to spend “green” dollars so that these dollars are deployed where they will deliver the most actual green benefit especially in terms of GHG reductions.
* will put the County at the forefront of practical and intellectual development of capandtrade market architecture and innovation, including the development of new protocols of importance to public sector entities such as public transportation “credit” systems,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby authorizes and directs the County Manager to apply for and obtain Miami-Dade County membership in the Chicago Climate Exchange as a Phase II Member for Direction Emissions and to budget sufficient funds to support the membership requirements of the Chicago Climate Exchange.



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