Climate Action Strategy
Climate change threatens lives and livelihoods in our community and all around the world. The increasing impacts of this crisis have led to global consensus urging everyone everywhere to take immediate, aggressive action to avoid irreversible catastrophic global and local damage that each day is intensified by human activity.
Achieving the goals set forth in the Climate Action Strategy will require building on our extensive framework of collaboration to include everyone in our community, while also working diligently to secure and accelerate ambitious public and private investments.
Equity & Community Engagement
From May to July 2021, the County solicited input from the community on this strategy. Building on the community engagement models of the Thrive305 survey and Civic Week, the Office of Resilience hosted five virtual discussions with community members in collaboration with the CLEO Institute and the Miami Climate Alliance. Spanish and Haitian Creole language interpretation were available for each of the public meetings and the meetings were recorded and shared online.
In addition to the community meetings, the Office of Resilience developed a short survey to solicit feedback on the community’s perceived opportunities and challenges to moving to a healthy, equitable, low-carbon future.
According to Miami-Dade County’s 2019 Community-Scale greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory, the majority of GHG emissions in the County come from fossil fuels used in the transportation (55%) and building (41%) sectors, with a small contribution from water and waste (4%).
The seven approaches proposed in this strategy are bold targets that will drive down these major sources of emissions. The approaches are:
- Benchmark, retune and retrofit existing buildings
- Expand on-site and off-site renewable energy
- Build ultra-low energy buildings
- Reduce transportation-related fuel consumption
- Expand and protect green and blue spaces
- Convert waste to energy
- Reduce waste and water use
Emissions Sources 2019
Approaches to Cut Emissions 50% by 2030
Emissions Past and Future
Meeting our ambitious goals will result in buildings that are more energy- and water-efficient, mobility choices that better meet our needs while ensuring cleaner air, new good paying jobs, and protected and healthy natural areas. As a "living document," the Climate Action Strategy will evolve as new technology becomes available, new policies are adopted, and new partners join in the collective effort to cut emissions and transform the economy.
Office of Resilience
The Office of Resilience's mission is to lead Miami-Dade County to a resilient and environmentally sustainable future by identifying vulnerabilities, coordinating stakeholders and facilitating innovative solutions.