The planning process has been supported by the ICLEI Southeast Regional Office. The process itself is comprised of ICLEI's five key milestones. The milestones are designed to evaluate and integrate the environmental, social and economic benefits of our policy decisions, programs, initiatives and services.
In October 2010, Miami-Dade County was presented with the ICLEI Milestone Award for the County's achievements in reaching Milestones One and Two in the development of GreenPrint.
- Milestone One: Conduct a sustainability assessment
To begin the planning process, we researched and assessed 13 areas linked to sustainability to help define environmental, economic and social-equity baselines and challenges, and existing programs to address these issues. The assessment was conducted in the fall of 2009.
- Milestone Two: Set sustainability goals
The sustainability goals define the overarching objectives and scope of the sustainability plan. The purpose of the goals is to address the challenges identified in Milestone One. For GreenPrint, there are six main goal areas and 12 aspirational, yet achievable, goals.
- Milestone Three: Develop a sustainability plan
Through the planning process, more than 360 initiatives were collected and analyzed for potential inclusion in GreenPrint. The planning team and partners used a systematic and rigorous analysis to understand the ownership, costs, benefits, impacts, emissions and key implementation steps associated with each initiative. Today, GreenPrint has 137 initiatives . The plan details the action steps to achieve our goals, as well as main indicators to evaluate our progress.
- Milestone Four: Implement the sustainability plan
We are responsible for implementing GreenPrint along with our partners and stakeholders. An implementation team has been selected, and its chief purpose is to make sure that initiative leaders are champions of the initiatives assigned to them.
- Milestone Five: Monitor and evaluate progress
Monitoring and verifying implementation progress is an ongoing process. GreenPrint is a five-year action plan, and progress will be reported annually.