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14 May

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Facing rising temperatures, Miami appoints chief heat officer

By Craig Pittman May 12, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. CDT Last June, Miami reported its hottest temperatures on record. The daytime sun was brutal and there was little respite even at night. Dozens of heat-related deaths were reported that year. As the Earth warms, the city by the ocean says its heat problem is poised to

8 Apr

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Florida Office of Energy releases the State’s First EV Roadmap

In 2017, for the first time ever, Florida’s transportation sector emitted more carbon than the electric sector, with more than 80% of transportation emissions coming from gasoline and diesel powered light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles. Expanding electric vehicles (EVs) is a critical strategy to transition toward a lower-carbon economy in Southeast Florida and a recommendation

8 Apr

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Miami-Dade County Unveils Sea Level Rise Strategy

In February, Miami-Dade County released its Sea Level Rise Strategy, outlining the County’s vision for regulatory change, project, and program investments to help Miami-Dade County’s communities adapt to rising sea levels. In the report’s Foreword statement, Mayor Levine Cava acknowledges that the Strategy will require “sustained commitment from our Board of County Commissioners and our

8 Apr

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Broward County Switches On Four New Solar Arrays

Broward County is making major strides to advance solar across county facilities, with four new solar arrays installed from June to December 2020. The new rooftop solar systems are located at the Stirling Road Branch Library in Hollywood, 64th Street Warehouse in Fort Lauderdale, and Copans Bus Maintenance Facility in Pompano Beach, as well as

8 Apr

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FDEP Advances Rulemaking for the State’s First Significant Application of Sea Level Rise Information

The Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has held two public workshops in the first quarter of 2021 soliciting input and comments on a rulemaking process to define the state’s first significant application of sea level rise (SLR) information. Senate Bill 178 (“Public Financing of Construction Projects”), unanimously passed during the 2020 Legislative Session and subsequently

24 Mar

Miami-Dade’s new sea rise strategy: build higher and back away from the water

Miami-Dade’s new strategy for adapting to sea level rise comes down to two main ideas: build up higher and back away from the water. That could look like building elevated homes straight out of the Florida Keys, or buying out whole streets of homes on the riverfront, or shorelines lined with mangroves instead of condos.

13 Jan

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Miami Beach Commission Approves Eco-Friendly Fertilizer Ordinance

Miami Beach, FL – Responding to the recent fish kills and algal blooms in Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach Commissioners voted unanimously today to adopt a strong fertilizer restriction ordinance that limits the use of fertilizers for five months of the year and prohibits them entirely along city waterways and stormwater drains. “The nutrients commonly found in

13 Jan

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Miami Beach Commission Adopts First Seawall Ordinance of its Kind

Miami Beach, FL – The Miami Beach City Commission unanimously adopted an ordinance today that codifies previously established minimum elevations for new seawalls and provides new penalties for property owners who fail to maintain privately owned seawalls that cause flooding on adjacent properties and the rights of way. Titled “Resiliency Standards for Tidal Flood Protection,” the

20 Oct

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Reflections on the Climate Compact’s Equity Training

In September, the Compact held an internal equity training delivered by the Partnership for Southern Equity to increase understanding of structural racism that has led to policies that exacerbate disproportionate climate change vulnerability for communities of color, as well as the existence of implicit bias, inequitable access to opportunity, and how these phenomena shape decision-making

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