DATE: June 26, 2012
CONTACT: Judy Sarver, Office of Public Communications
Broward County has received seven Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), which recognize innovation in county government programs.
NACo is the only national organization that represents County governments in the United States and recognizes county government initiatives that improve service delivery, achieve greater cost efficiency, provide enhanced customer service and help to develop a better-trained work force.
Awards are given in 21 different categories, including environmental protection, children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology and more. Broward County's award-winning programs include:
"My Wellness" Employee Wellness Program (Human Resources Division, Employee Benefit Services)
The My Wellness Program is devoted to enhancing the physical, financial and emotional well-being of Broward County employees by providing services that motivate employees and help them reach their goal. The County's approach to wellness is multifaceted, addressing the various health needs of its more than 5,000 employees. Currently, there are seven Wellness Resource Centers located throughout the County, which offer interactive events throughout the year, including guest speakers, healthy cooking seminars, fitness demonstrations and one-on-one nutritional counseling.
BCL WOW - Broward County Library Without Walls (Libraries Division)
A bright innovative redesign of the Libraries Division’s website in fall 2011 rebranded the site as “BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls.” The new design provides easier access to enhanced online and electronic resources. In addition to online resources such as academic journals, the library catalog, live reference help and library news, the site allows customers to easily access all online and virtual resources. Users can download free music and books, access their library account and the library catalog, download the library’s free mobile app also called BCL WoW, get language instruction, job coaching or free live tutoring, find library events, ask reference questions, provide feedback and comments, connect to social media such as Facebook and Twitter, find volunteer opportunities, view the library’s digital collections and more.
Community-wide Energy and Sustainability Survey (Energy and Sustainability Program)
Broward County’s Energy and Sustainability Program developed a survey to gain greater understanding of the scope and diversity of energy efficiency initiatives and sustainability related programs throughout the County. The process and outcome of the Energy and Sustainability Survey, which involved staff from all the County’s 31 municipalities, are summarized in a report, Sustainability in Broward County, Florida: Local Government in Action.
Conservation Pays - A Regional Partnership in Water Conservation (Natural Resources and Planning Management Division)
The Broward Water Partnership is a collaborative effort between Broward County and 17 municipal and water service providers aimed at saving 30 million gallons of water per day over the next five years. Since October 2011, the Program has issued more than $100,000 in rebates for the replacement of more than 1,050 water-wasting toilets with high-efficiency models. Through this program, Broward County residents and businesses have achieved long-term water savings while reducing their monthly expenses.
Port Everglades Reduces Diesel Emission (Port Everglades Department)
Port Everglades was awarded a $750,000 grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for diesel emissions reduction through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Clean Diesel Campaign in 2011. Funds allowed the Port to replace heavy equipment and services vehicles and repower pilot boats with clean diesel technology, which translated into a $17 million environmental health and benefit to the community.
Port Everglades Security Challenge (Port Everglades Department)
After the U.S. government began requiring seaport workers to have nationally standardized security credentials, thousands of international seafarers were left stranded since they didn’t qualify for the Transportation Work Identification Credential (TWIC). Port Everglades partnered with non-profit port chaplaincy and seafarers' service provider, Seafarers' House, to develop a TWIC-escorted transportation service that benefits the mariners and the local business community, where the average mariner spends an estimated $89.24 per port call. In the first year, the Seafarer’s House escorted and provided transportation for more than 32,000 crew members.
FROG Program (Water and Wastewater Services)
Water and Wastewater Services developed the “NO FROG. NO CLOG.” campaign to educate the public on the proper disposal of Fats, Rags, Oil and Grease (FROG). The campaign resulted in a 17 percent reduction in the time and labor spent on “deragging” master pump stations, saving money and enhancing quality of service from the water utility.