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Miami-Dade Green Departments
Miami-Dade County departments are making efforts to go green.
Miami-Dade's Sustainable Buildings Program promotes the green design, construction and operation of buildings that are developed, constructed and managed by the County. It requires new construction projects to obtain LEED silver certification and remodeling/renovation projects to obtain basic LEED certification. There are nearly 30 green building projects, including the Children’s Courthouse. The Internal Services Department Trade Shop became the first silver LEED-certified County facility. Over 100 County employees are LEED Accredited Professionals (APs) or LEED Green Associates.
MIA continues to expand energy-efficiency efforts
Miami International Airport (MIA) is Miami-Dade County’s largest electricity consumer, as well as one of its primary economic engines. While MIA is expanding and increasing its energy footprint, it is also becoming more efficient mainly through Energy Performance Contracts. The four projects completed, which include lighting, water conservation and HVAC improvements, have:
- Saved more than $10 million
- Saved 85,471,683 kilowatt-hours (kWh)
- Reduced 17 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions
Public Works install LED bulbs at traffic lights
The Public Works and Waste Management Department replaced nearly all of the County's traffic signal bulbs -- about 75,000 of them -- with LED modules. The old bulbs used 135 watts of electricity and the new ones use 10 watts, which means the projected savings in one year will reach $2 million
Resources Recovery Facility
The County’s Resources Recovery Facility (RRF) is a waste-to-energy plant located in northwest Miami-Dade County. Opened in 1982, the 77-megawatt facility is one of the most technologically advanced waste-to-energy facilities in the world, featuring a state-of-art air quality control system. More than 1.2 million tons of waste are processed annually, with 270,000 tons of the material being processed into a biomass fuel for export out of Miami-Dade County.
Hybrid fleet and biofuels
Miami-Dade County has the third largest public hybrid fleet in the nation, behind New York City and California, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Hybrids result in annual cost savings of over $200,000, annual fuel reductions of 27,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline, and annual reductions of carbon dioxide equivalents in the amount of 270 tons. The hybrid fleet includes:
- Over 450 hybrid vehicles in the non-emergency fleet
- Three plug-in Hybrid/Electric vehicles
- Over 40 diesel/electric hybrid transit buses
- Over 20 Hybrid Waste Collection Vehicles
County procuring E10
With new statewide standards regarding ethanol usage, the County is purchasing E10, a blend of 10% ethanol and 90% unleaded gasoline, for its light fleet. The County only purchases regular unleaded gasoline when E10 is not available.
Buy Green Purchasing Guide
The Internal Services Department's Procurement Management Division has created guidelines for County departments to reduce waste and increase environmental efficiency when make purchases. Read the Buy Green Purchasing Guide .
Resource Conservation Committee
With employee representatives from 50 Miami-Dade County departments, the Resource Conservation Committee's goal is to promote, facilitate and monitor the efforts of all County employees in waste reduction, recycling and environmentally preferable products. Through their efforts a comprehensive recycling program for County facilities is expected to launch in the coming year.
Green Stimulus Work
Twelve projects being funded with federal grant dollars are currently underway in Miami-Dade County.
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