DATE: September 16, 2013
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MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Gassman, Ph.D., Natural Resources Administrator
Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Broward County's Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department received an Award of Merit from the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) in the Comprehensive Plan (large) category. "Planning for Climate Change: Broward County Climate Change Element (Element)" was recognized at the APA Florida conference in Orlando this week. The Climate Change Element was adopted by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in February 2013.
The Climate Change Element combines scientific, technical and policy input from previous and concurrent local and regional climate planning initiatives to provide a planning framework for addressing the economic, environmental and social impacts of climate change. The countywide strategy is based on assessment of local vulnerability, incorporates many of the recommendations from the Broward County Climate Change Action Plan adopted in May 2010 and is consistent with regional efforts and joint policies.
"The overarching vision for the Climate Change Element's 82 policies is to achieve a sustainable, climate resilient community by promoting energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction strategies; protecting and adapting public infrastructure, services, natural systems and resources from climate change impacts; and continuing to coordinate and communicate locally and regionally to monitor and address the changing needs and conditions of the community," said Dr. Jennifer Jurado, director of Broward County's Natural Resources Planning and Management Division.
Among the first dedicated comprehensive plans to focus on climate change in the country, the Climate Change Element provides a planning foundation for Broward County to move forward to address its own challenges while creating a template for local municipalities and the region to use to advance their climate planning.
Photo Caption: Glenn Amoruso, center, principal planner with the Broward County Planning and Redevelopment Division, receives the award from Brian Teeple, president, APA Florida, and Allison Megrath, chair, 2013 APA Florida Project Awards. Not pictured, Jill Horwitz, the Climate Change Element project manager with the Natural Resources Planning and Management Division. (Photo courtesy Dave Hutchinson)