The mission of the Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division is to protect, restore, and enhance, for the benefit of Broward County residents, visitors and ecosystems, the quality, abundance and diversity of the County’s natural resources through coordinated management efforts, including research, planning, monitoring, project implementation, and outreach activities.
The Energy and Sustainability Program plays a central role in addressing the County’s Climate Change Action Plan and managing regional climate and energy projects funded as part of a Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. Internally, Division staff participate in the Climate Change Government Operations Work Group looking for opportunities to reduce the carbon emissions caused by County government activities.
The Division supports the Broward County Climate Change Task Force focusing on the implementation of strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change at the community level. Finally, staff supports the Southeast Florida Climate Compact working at the regional level to address broad issues impacting the four counties of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.
The Division sections include:
The Water Resource Policy and Planning Section participates in policy development to optimize the beneficial uses of Broward County's water resources through review, oversight, and guidance of regional planning efforts and assessments. This section coordinates regional water resource management strategies through the development and application of models and best practices and the administration of the Water Matters and NatureScape Broward Programs focused on county-wide water conservation and water quality protection efforts.
The Urban and Natural Lands Management Section administers the land stewardship program designed to provide funding support for the ecological restoration of publicly owned natural lands, and capital improvement of passive recreational areas. The program also monitors conservation lands, green space and open space sites in Broward County acquired through the 2000 Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond Program.
The Beach and Marine Resources Section administers programs which provide for beach erosion evaluation and prevention, artificial reef development and monitoring, coral reef management, endangered and threatened sea turtle conservation, marine habitat damage evaluation and restoration, and manatee protection.
Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 329H
Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33301
PHONE 954-519-1270 Fax 954-519-1496