Florida is considered one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change, with Southeast Florida especially susceptible to impacts such as rising sea levels. Miami-Dade County has been on the forefront of these issues for many years. Our Board of County Commissioners and administrative departments have been implementing policies and initiatives to address climate change, environmental protection and other important sustainability issues including energy efficiency and water conservation. By tracking greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions early and analyzing climate change data, we have taken steps to reduce GHG emissions and avoid or reduce the severity of climate change imapcts.
Now is the time to accelerate and build upon those efforts. Miami-Dade County is creating this climate action plan as an integral component of GreenPrint. This initial plan will focus on what steps will be necessary in the next five years to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as better determine the potential impacts and resulting vulnerabilities of climate change in the region and the community. These steps will make Miami-Dade County a more resilient community in the face of a changing climate. It is time to turn the science into action.
• Understand and respond to current and future climate change impacts
Integrate local climate change indicators with existing emergency management, storm water planning, and infrastructure planning.
• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Reduce greenhouse emissions by 10 percent by 2015, working towards 80 percent reduction by 2050 to advance the Cool Counties Program commitment.
"I like to think of mitigation as avoiding the unmanageable, whereas adaptation is managing the unavoidable. We must do both in order to solve the problem of climate change."