Miami-Dade County is pleased to share with you GreenPrint: Our Design for a Sustainable Future. The plans development was a fully collaborative process among the many diverse stakeholders of our community: County staff, community groups, experts from the business community and academia, and a wide range of individual Miami-Dade residents. During the course of the year, nearly 100 public meetings were held, and approximately 360 new and existing initiatives were evaluated.
The Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners (Board) has, throughout the years, made serious commitments to prepare the County for a sustainable future. By committing to the U.S. Cool Counties Program, the County has agreed to pursue the regional goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 80 percent of 2008 levels by 2050. The Board also supports the state's goal of achieving 20 percent of Florida's energy from renewable sources by 2020. Those are just two of the more than 100 actions taken by Miami-Dade County government related to sustainability, environmental protection and climate change.
Miami-Dade County has one roadmap to achieve these ambitious and aggressive goals. GreenPrint culminates in the County's first Climate Action Plan . There are 137 separate initiatives outlined in GreenPrint, many of which will directly contribute to a reduction of GHG emissions. It is estimated that these initiatives will result in a reduction of 1.5 million metric tons of GHG emissions and an avoidance of 3.1 million metric tons over the next five years, and move us toward even deeper reductions in the future.
In December 2015, we provided members of the Strategic Planning & Government Operations Committee an update on the implementation of GreenPrint and the County’s progress towards meeting metrics identified within the plan. Watch the update and follow along with the presentation to see where we are, and how we’re planning for a resilient future.