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- Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Initiative (SEFL RCCI)
Palm Beach County is proud to be a founding partner with Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties in the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Initiative. Together they join forces under a 4-County Compact to provide for a coordinated regional climate change strategy and participate in the ICLEI Climate Resilient Communities Program (Resolution R2010-1953).  Each county also incorporates Compact Counties State and Federal Energy and Climate Legislative Program objectives into their annual State Legislative Issue Report and Federal Agenda Report.

Annually, a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit is held and hosted by one of the four partner counties. Each Summit highlights recent Compact achievements, provides networking among regional stakeholders, fosters implementation of regional climate action plans, and encourages policy discussions by elected officials.

Recently, Palm Beach County adopted the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP).  The RCAP is a 5 year plan that provides 110 adaptation and mitigation strategies for local governments to consider to build community resilience.  A score card is anticipated annually for measuring progress.  To learn more view the Sept 24, 2013 BCC Workshop (a.m. video beginning at 20:47) and April 15, 2014 RCAP Adoption Hearing (a.m. video beginning at 1:55).

Visit http://southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org to view Compact documents and for Summit information and registration.

Palm Beach County is a "Certified Silver" Green Local Government
As a Certified Silver Green Local Government, Palm Beach County demonstrates its commitment to environmental stewardship. The county meets the Certification Standards set by the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC). This highly sought after designation, achieved in September 2012, is a result of green initiatives performed by the County and its partners, the Solid Waste Authority, Department of Health, School Board of Palm Beach County, and the offices of the Sheriff, Tax Collector and Property Appraiser. Certification came after a thorough evaluation of energy and water usage, land use practices, recycling and waste disposal practices, educational programs, purchasing practices, policies and regulatory policies, and many others to enhance the quality of life and resilience of our communities. Together with our partners, a framework of support exists to protect and conserve the community’s natural resources, enhance the efficiency of government (thus reducing the cost to taxpayers), and raise public awareness about the benefits of environmental stewardship.

Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Projects in Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County and many municipalities in Palm Beach County received grant money for energy efficient projects. These projects are assisting in reducing fossil fuel emissions, improving energy efficiency county wide, and maximizing benefits to the community. Palm Beach County's EECBG funds are expected to create/retain a minimum of 148 jobs based on the Department of Energy's formula, realize a 20% energy savings, spur economic growth and help lay the foundation for a continued sustainable clean energy economy.

Palm Beach County Green Task Force on Environmental Sustainability and Conservation
The mission of the Green Task Force on Environmental Sustainability and Conservation established under Resolution R-2008-1007 was to identify actions and policies that can be implemented by the county to encourage a healthier, more resource efficient and environmental sustainable living through efficient buildings and natural resources conservation.  This advisory board met for over one year and was sunsetted in August 2009.  The following report was produced along with an inventory of existing county environmental sustainability initiatives:

The Progress Summary below provides the current evaluation status. You may also wish to view the "Sustainability and Green Initiatives Workshop" presentation.