The GreenPrint planning process included the participation of many partners . It is their unique and collective commitment to GreenPrint's development and implementation that will lead all of us to accomplish our comprehensive and inclusive sustainability goals. GreenPrint partners include:
Interdepartmental Sustainability Partners
The Interdepartmental Sustainability Partners were identified early in the process as a network of department directors and key staff to develop GreenPrint. Our County departments understand the complexities and details of delivering services such as water and wastewater, solid waste collection and disposal, mass transit such as rail and bus, recreation and culture, and parks and libraries. In addition to this team, experts throughout County government have given much time and energy to help develop GreenPrint through analyzing initiatives and will be implementation partners.
Climate Change Advisory Task Force
In 2006, the Board of County Commissioners established the Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force (CCATF), through the adoption of Ordinance 06-113. This unanimous action by the Board further cemented Miami-Dade County's commitment to continuing its greenhouse gas reduction efforts and established the County as a leader in climate change adaptation planning.
The CCATF is charged with identifying potential future climate change impacts to Miami-Dade County while providing recommendations regarding mitigation and adaptation measures to respond to climate change. The GreenPrint planning team attended CCATF meetings throughout the planning process with the goal of incorporating its recommendations into GreenPrint. Many of the recommendations and their concepts are reflected in the GreenPrint strategies and initiatives.
Core Planning Team
When the County was selected as an ICLEI pilot program to develop GreenPrint, the County Executive Office selected key staff from the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Environmental Resources Management, the Planning and Zoning Department and the Office of Strategic Business Management. In addition to their existing professional responsibilities, this small dedicated group spearheaded the sustainability research, the assessment, plan development, outreach, initiative analysis and plan writing.
The GreenPrint planning team established a collaborative network with municipalities early in the process. Municipalities are in different stages in actual planning and implementation. We have linked existing sustainability plans in order to share best practices. Most cities are interested in the subject, and we have agreed to continue meeting to work on common initiatives in the coming year.
Stakeholders, Partners and Collaborators
During the planning process, the GreenPrint core planning team reached out to experts within the community such as Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the South Florida Water Management District. They have consistently embraced GreenPrint's development and have impressed the planning team with their own sustainability leadership, further reflecting the notion of GreenPrint as a community plan. They will be integral implementation partners.
Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact
Southeast Florida is addressing climate issues beyond the borders of individual jurisdictions. The 5.6 million residents of our four counties exceed the population of 30 states and represent 30 percent of Florida's population. In 2009 the Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe County Commissions formally approved the Southeast Florida Climate Change Compact. The compact commitments include:
- Federal and state policy coordination on climate related issues
- Development of a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Action Plan, which includes:
- conducting a regional greenhouse gas emissions inventory (with a particular focus on emissions from inter-county travel and commerce)
- developing regional climate impacts planning scenarios incorporating sea-level rise and other potential impacts
- developing climate mitigation and adaptation measures for each of the three sectors included in the compact: land use, regional transport, and the built environment
- Annual participation in regional summits to mark progress
The South Florida Water Management District is an invited partner to the compact process. The University of Oregon's Climate Leadership Initiative is providing technical assistance to the regional climate action planning process as part of its national climate preparedness program. By working collectively at the regional level, the counties seek to enhance their individual efforts to mitigate emissions associated with the built environment, regional transportation and land use. The counties seek also to actively incorporate adaptation considerations into the regional action plan.