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File Number: 083495
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File Number: 083495 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1431-08 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: PARTICIPATION IN ''COOL COUNTIES'' GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Introduced: 12/1/2008
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/16/2008
Agenda Date: 12/16/2008 Agenda Item Number: 11A4
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION ENDORSING MIAMI-DADE COUNTY’S PARTICIPATION IN U.S. COOL COUNTIES PROGRAM AND ITS GOALS AND OBJECTIVES INCLUDING THE CLIMATE STABILIZATION DECLARATION
Indexes: NONE
Sponsors: Natacha Seijas, Prime Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, 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 12/16/2008 11A4 Adopted P

Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 12/9/2008 3G Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Joni Armstrong-Coffey read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairwoman Seijas relinquished the Chair to Vice-Chairman Diaz, and noted the County already belonged to the National Association of Counties (NACo) and was already a participant in the Cool Counties Initiative and Climate Stabilization Declaration. She noted this resolution just reaffirmed the County’s commitment to this effort, which had no fiscal impact on the County. Hearing no further comments or discussion, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution as presented. NOTE: Chairwoman Seijas submitted a memorandum dated December 09, 2008, requesting the Board of County Commissioner (BCC) Chairman Barreiro waive the Committee rules and procedures and allow the foregoing resolution to be forwarded to the December 16 BCC meeting for consideration.

County Attorney 12/1/2008 Referred Governmental Operations and Environment Committee 12/9/2008

County Attorney 12/1/2008 Assigned Henry N. Gillman 12/3/2008

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION ENDORSING MIAMI-DADE COUNTY’S PARTICIPATION IN U.S. COOL COUNTIES PROGRAM AND ITS GOALS AND OBJECTIVES INCLUDING THE CLIMATE STABILIZATION DECLARATION

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WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County has been an active participant in the development of the goals and objectives of the U.S. Cool Counties Program; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County has expressed its commitment to addressing the challenge of global climate change by joining the Chicago Climate Exchange and agreeing to contractual carbon emission reduction goals; and
WHEREAS, an official advisory board, the Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF), has been established to provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding actions to be taken by this government to further reduce carbon emissions; and
WHEREAS, adaptation strategies are also being formulated by the CCATF for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners; and
WHEREAS, professional staff have been developing a Climate Change Action Plan to identify the current local commitment of resources and clearly indicate the great need for federal assistance to make this community resilient; and
WHEREAS, the initiatives taken by Miami-Dade County are completely in accord with the goals and objectives of the U.S. Cool Counties Program; and
WHEREAS, as a participant in the U.S. Cool Counties Program, Miami-Dade County agrees with the Climate Stabilization Declaration and reaffirms its commitment to: reducing the County’s contributions to climate change through operational efficiencies; demonstrating regional leadership to achieve climate stabilization; helping our local community to become climate resilient; and seeking assistance from the federal government to support our efforts; and
WHEREAS, the Program calls for 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 including a reduction of fossil fuels; and
WHEREAS, the Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration is an important joint initiative by local governments to combat global warming: and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is proud to join King County, Washington; Nassau County, New York; Cook County, Illinois; Fairfax County, Virginia, and all of the other original signatories to the Declaration.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby endorses the participation of Miami-Dade County in the U.S. Cool Counties Program and its goals and objectives contained in the Climate Stabilization Declaration.



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