Home > Your Government > Office of the Mayor > State of the County > 2023 State of the County > Preparing for a Resilient Future

Preparing for a Resilient Future

As Miami-Dade weathers the frontline battle against the climate crisis, we must also be on the frontline of solutions. We know that that our waters, parks, and landmarks, such as Biscayne Bay and the Everglades, fuel our economy. 
That’s why we’re making historic investments using new state and federal funds to protect Biscayne Bay and to reverse decades of pollution, prevent flooding, convert septic to a clean sewer system, improve our stormwater systems and more. We’re also updating our building requirements to account for sea level rise.

Our globally renowned Sea Level Rise and Climate Action Strategies are blueprints for the green economy – pushing us forward to our goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and 50% by 2030. And Building Efficiency 305, our initiative to increase energy and water efficiency in large buildings countywide, helps us get there.

We’re aggressively deploying solar energy systems, including at three County buildings, with plans to increase to more than 28 County facilities. And we are doubling down on zero-waste efforts, finding new ways to reduce waste and emissions. We are responding to extreme heat – including, for the first time ever, installing high efficiency air conditioners in public housing units that lacked AC.

This will protect our most vulnerable, particularly older adults, from the impacts of extreme heat and we’re working with public and private partners to achieve our ambitious goal of 30% tree cover by 2030, and to restore urban forests and endangered wild lands.
Image of Biscayne Bay
Image of Biscayne Bay